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Essential Restaurants Around ASU – Downtown Tempe

Last weekend, Tempe welcomed literally thousands of college students back into the fold. And though we’re sure the studious lot will be spending the majority of their time hitting the books at Hayden Library, it’s inevitable that they’ll also need to eat. The Memorial Union and the dining halls are perfectly viable options, but we just want to make sure Arizona State University’s students know that their neighborhood has lots of other dining options to offer. Here are 10 great options around the ASU campus. El Pollo Supremo 221 West University Drive, Tempe 480-966-3713 $5 and under When it comes to

Upcoming Restaurant Openings in the Valley

Eight months into 2017, we’ve had more than 50 restaurants either open their doors for the first time in the Valley or open second, third, and fourth locations. The openings include everything from modern Japanese cuisine to Chicago deep-dish pizza, Mexican cuisine, Hawaiian-inspired poke, and fast-casual breakfast joints. July restaurant openings June restaurant openings May restaurant openings April restaurant openings What can we expect for the rest of the year and into 2018? So far, we’ve found more than 40 restaurants with plans to open around the Valley. Restaurants coming to Tempe include: Tempe Public Market Cafe – Chef Aaron Chamberlin,

ASU Students Move-In

Thousands of students will move into the Valley for the start of the Arizona State University school year. The Downtown Phoenix campus will start the move-in process Friday. The bulk of students will continue settling in over the weekend in Tempe. One student says, “Move in day is going to be, I think it’s going to be a day of excitement especially for all the new freshman and engineering students moving in.” There is an ASU housing boom in Tempe. New housing spot RISE is located on Apache Boulevard and Rural Road. It’ll be packed with more than 380 students

August is Prickly Pear Season in Arizona

August is prickly pear harvest season in Arizona, where some species of the cactus are native to the Sonoran Desert. The pinkish plant proves picturesque and tasty, starring in salads, sweets and drinks on menus across the state. “There are over 200 species of prickly pear plants that grow all over the world,” says Cheri Romanoski, who makes dozens of prickly pear products at Cheri’s Desert Harvest in Tucson, Ariz. “The indigenous species that we pick from is the Opuntia Engelmanni variety due to the prolific abundance of fruit it bears, vibrant magenta color, high nutritional values and tart/sweet flavor.” The popular

2017 Arizona Fall Festivals

Once the temperatures drop below 95 degrees in Phoenix, the events and festivals move right in. Between August and November, there are more than 70 food and drink, music, art and family festivals happening throughout the Valley whether you live in the East Valley or West Valley. From mac & cheese to bacon and beer, Lost Lake Festival and Oktoberfest, there is a lot of eating, drinking and singing (in whatever order you choose) to be had. The festival season kicks off with the Hell City Tattoo Festival at the end of August with many more through the end of

ASU Football Training Camp Starts

The ASU Sun Devils had their first week of training camp this week at Camp Tontozona, just outside Payson, Arizona. This annual tradition began in 1960 and has become a favorite of players, coaches and fans who come to watch. The final day of practice will take place this Saturday with an intersquad scrimmage starting at 10am. The team will then return to Tempe and continue practice at the Verde Dickey Dome. The Sun Devils’ season officially kicks off Thursday, August 31st against New Mexico State. To read daily highlights from this week’s camp, visit AZ Central here for reports

Weekend Events: 68th Annual Navajo Festival

Join more than 80 artists and presenters at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff for a weekend of cultural immersion at the 68th annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Reaching the 68-year mark for the Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture is an incredible milestone on many levels,” said museum director and CEO Carrie M. Heinonen. “The festival is a place where culture, creativity and community come together, and it reflects the long-standing relationship between MNA and the Diné people.” It all began in August

Arizona State Fair Announces 2017 Concert Lineup

It’s one of the biggest and most popular attractions at the Arizona State Fair each year and it brings thousands out to the annual event. And, no, we’re not referring to the deep-fried food, thrill rides, or demolition derby. It’s the state fair’s annual concert series, which features free performances by plenty of famous artists and acts. Arizona State Fair organizers have announced the concert lineup for 2017 and, as always, it includes a mix of rock, country, and hip-hop artists, and there are plenty of famous names involved. The biggest of the bunch include shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, who will perform

Tempe’s “The Local Apartments” Begins Construction

The Local, a new, mixed-use development located at the intersection of University Drive and Ash Avenue in downtown Tempe, has officially broken ground. Developed by Denver-based Forum Real Estate Group, The Local will be a unique, luxury apartment residence anchored by Whole Foods Market 365.   The nine-story structure sits on an 80,938-square foot parcel in the heart of downtown Tempe. Occupying the ground floor will be a Whole Foods Market 365 with three levels of parking directly above: one level with reserved parking for Whole Foods Market 365 shoppers, and two additional levels of parking reserved for residents. The

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