Grand Avenue Boasts Different Scene From Roosevelt Row

By Sarah Ventre
Published: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:37pm
Updated: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:44pm
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Over the past 10 to 15 years, Grand Avenue has become a center of arts and culture in the city. Many would argue that it maintains a distinct difference from its counterpart Roosevelt Row.

The part of Grand is roughly from 7th to 19th avenues. Most recently, Bragg’s Factory Diner, which was a vegan restaurant, just closed down and it was announced that Barrio Cafe, a high end, locally-owned Mexican restaurant will be opening a second location there. Also opening soon is the Containers on Grand project, which are shipping containers that were converted to apartments.

There was an article in the Phoenix New Times recently that makes the observation that Roosevelt Row has taken a slightly different trajectory than Grand Ave. It’s become a place that's recognized as a trendy, urban core. Grand Avenue is a bit less developed.

Beatrice Moore is a driving force on Grand Avenue. She and her partner own several buildings, including the Bragg’s Factor Diner building. She said there’s an advantage to not being the next trendy part of town.

She also emphasized the importance of maintaining historic buildings as a way to build neighborhood character. Some of them will be on display as part of the Grand Avenue Festival next month.

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