Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill to open at Scottsdale Fashion Square

Marcella's Advertising shoot. -- photo by Mark W. Lipczynski copyright 2009Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill has announced the opening of its second Arizona location at Scottsdale Fashion Square, following the success of its first Valley location at Tempe Marketplace in 2011.

The gastropub will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 17 and will feature 8,500 square feet of interior seating, handcrafted food, 25 craft beers on tap, signature cocktails and over 1,500 square feet of prime patio space for enjoying the great weather, according to a press release.

“The response on our opening in Scottsdale has all been very positive,” said Thirsty Lion CEO John Plew in the release. “Thirsty Lion will be a great addition to the eclectic and diverse culinary scene.”

This is the second property Thirsty Lion has opened within a Macerich property.

In November 2011, Thirsty Lion opened up in Tigard, OR at Washington Square Mall, the success of which spawned the current growth of the brand. The continued growth of downtown Scottsdale, as well as the addition of Dicks Sporting Goods and Harkins Theater in the center, were all factors in Thirsty Lion’s decision to call Fashion Square its new home.

This will be the 6th Thirsty Lion location.

Thirsty Lion’s culinary commitment is to provide an eclectic variety of cuisines, with an emphasis on local ingredients and bold flavors. A seasonal fresh sheet will focus on the changing season’s offerings, featuring unique ingredients including fresh seafood, quality meats and local vegetables and fruits.

The bar will feature 25 craft beers on tap, many of which will be local, offering a beer on hand for every plate and every palate. The gastropub also features unique craft cocktails that utilize combinations of fresh fruit purees, juices and premium liquors, as well as 25 different wines by the glass.

“We work hard to combine quality ingredients and scratch recipes to create menu items that satisfy the ‘foodie’ in all of us,” said Thirsty Lion Executive Chef Keith Castro. “The flavor profiles are complex, yet blend well in their simplistic approach to create ‘craveable’ food; an intense desire for more.”

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