Food + Restaurants

men standing in front of fire truck
A unique redevelopment opportunity has Phoenix trying something new. The city wants to turn a former firehouse at the corner of First and Moreland streets into a full-service restaurant.
Jul. 14, 2021
sign says snakes & lattes on wall surrounded by games and seats
Offering higher wages, retention bonuses and extra time off are some ways employers are dealing with a tight labor market.
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Jul. 8, 2021
Help wanted sign
There are reports of some companies and industries struggling to find enough workers and of employees leaving their jobs and being more choosy when looking for a new one. To get a sense of what’s going on in the state’s labor market, The Show spoke with Dave Wells, research director at the Grand Canyon Institute.
Jul. 7, 2021
“Another Avenue” is a master’s thesis project by ASU student Ryan Krebs. He shot the documentary over two weeks this winter while walking up and down Central Avenue. It’s an intimate portrait of an ever-changing landscape.
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May. 22, 2021
money
More 320,000 private sector jobs in Arizona have been lost since February 2020 — and so far only 78% of them have been recovered. Because shopping habits changed during the pandemic to be more online focused, the trade and transportation sector had been growing.
May. 21, 2021
A sign on a Phoenix restaurant advertises open positions
As more people are getting vaccinated, restaurants around the Valley are filling up. But it has been a rough year for the restaurant industry. So where are we now? And are we anywhere near getting back the culinary momentum we saw pre-pandemic?
May. 19, 2021
fork and plate
The metro Phoenix dining scene has diversified dramatically in recent years, and a new generation of star chefs, bartenders, and mixologists has emerged. But in a sign that the talent expansion hasn’t happened overnight, we’re seeing some comeback stories.
May. 18, 2021
Bacanora
Sonoran restaurants are set to start promoting the regional agave spirit Bacanora. For many, boosting its profile on local menus a matter of pride.
May. 14, 2021
Live music in the park, a re-telling of “Alice in Wonderland,” poetry, art, literature, live performances. The artists are back, as millions of Arizonans have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
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May. 10, 2021
alana yazzie
Alana Yazzie studied marketing at Marquette University after growing up near the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. After a stint in HR, she quit and decided to strike out on her own as The Fancy Navajo. That’s her Instagram handle, and it has led her to a career of baking and blogging.
May. 7, 2021
Heather van Blokland
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 48%. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on KJZZ.org.
May. 7, 2021
jacq and jeremy davis
If you’ve hit a farmers’ market anytime recently, logged onto social media or gone to a local restaurant, you’ve probably seen locally-grown mulberries. They’re everywhere in the Valley right now, and they often get a bad rap. But Jacq Davis says all of that is a misunderstanding, and that the berries are top notch.
May. 6, 2021
chase field
After Arizona approved the expansion of sports betting in the state last month, it didn’t take long for the Diamondbacks to get into the game. A Vegas-like sportsbook is coming to Chase Field.
May. 6, 2021
Groceries
Rising fuel prices and increased packaging costs are contributing to higher grocery bills.
May. 4, 2021
andi berlin
It’s certainly been a difficult year for the restaurant industry. The pandemic has cost us some of the best restaurants in town and countless restaurant workers lost their jobs. Andi Berlin is the new restaurant critic at the Arizona Republic, and she’s starting the job at this interesting moment in time for the restaurant world.
May. 4, 2021
restaurant servers and cooks
Gov. Doug Ducey has lifted his 2020 executive order that removed the requirement for unemployed people to be actively looking for work. The move is welcomed by many in the business community trying to ramp up staffing as millions of Arizonans get vaccinated and are returning to pre-pandemic behaviors such as dining out.
May. 3, 2021
boba tea
The “bubbles” in the wildly popular bubble — or boba — teas are becoming harder to get.
Apr. 28, 2021
employee measuring space between arrows
Eased restrictions on Arizona restaurants haven’t made it easy to reestablish service to pre-pandemic levels. That’s because many workers who were employed in the service industry aren’t coming back to it for a number of reasons.
Apr. 18, 2021
Help wanted sign
New numbers are out, and Arizona's unemployment rate improved last month as more people in the state are beginning to go out to eat. Full recovery is a long way off, but this a good step.
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Apr. 15, 2021
Carla Wade Logan Carly's Bistro
As more potential customers have been vaccinated, the ability to venture out and sit down and eat at your favorite spot is becoming more of a reality again. But many restaurants are having a hard time getting former employees to return or to find new workers to replace them.
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Apr. 6, 2021

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