Since leaving his partnership with Ed Leclere last November, former-Kai chef Micheal O'Dowd has been a busy man. He's formed a new company, The MOD Restaurant Group LLC, and is ready to open a new restaurant in May.
Remember this in the case that we're all living in shanty towns in five years -- Forbes has some remarkably good predictions for Arizona's economy.Forbes projects that Arizona will have faster job growth over the next five years than any other state in the nation.
Guadalupe Davila, known to his former parishioners as Pastor Lupe, is threatening court action against church members who ousted him from the El Mirage church his father shepherd for some three decades. It appears that Davila hired Wayne Gardner, an attorney at the Mesa offices of Gunderson, Denton ... More >>
Eddie Basha Jr., an Arizona legend who used profits from his successful grocery chain to fund countless charity causes, spent the last years of his life fighting allegations of racism, mistreating employees and even hurting babies by a labor union bent on domination. Though Basha, the grandson of A ... More >>
Hey, Phoenix Foursquare peeps, Phoenix New Times is getting its own Foursquare badge as part of our just-announced partnership with the social media company. Follow us on Foursquare here, and make sure to leave a comment when you've unlocked the special Phoenix New Times badge. To unlock the badge ... More >>
A new holding company out of Denver, Voice Media Group, announced today that it has agreed to purchase Village Voice Media, owner of Phoenix New Times and 12 other alternative newspapers across the country. The purchase includes the newspapers, their websites, and VVM's national-advertising componen ... More >>
See also: Cowboy Chow files for Bankruptcy See also: Cowboy Ciao's Marianne Belardi Says Goodbye After Fifteen Years Chow Bella reported last week that Peter Kasperski of Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz World Wine Bar filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy under Cowboy Ciao LLC on June 29th. In the comment se ... More >>
The slogan "It's Good Mood Food" doesn't appear to be case with several Arby's restaurants in Arizona. In fact, the mood's downright depressing. The Republic reports three related Scottsdale limited-liability companies, all led by Scottsdale businessman Charles Harmon, that operate 54 Arby's ... More >>
Elissa Mullany and Phoenix Mayor Phil GordonPhoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has reportedly pulled of today's City Council's agenda his recommendation to appoint his girlfriend, Elissa Mullany, to the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board.Gordon wanted to appoint her to the aviation board to replace Art Hamil ... More >>
Can't say we didn't see this coming. We haven't actually stepped foot inside of a Marie Callender's since sometime around 1998 but we have heard the restaurant chain has been slowly going down hill for quite sometime -- our grandmother was the source. Get the rest of the pie after the jump.& ... More >>
If you happen to be in Tucson this weekend, you might want to stop by the Mercado San Agustin for "HotDish in the Old Pueblo," a pop-up venture by Phoenix's Lara Mulchay and Joel LaTondress. You might remember Mulchay from Petite Fromage, her (sadly) now-defunct Phoenix cheese shop. The se ... More >>
Arizona looks like a potential deadbeat to the world-famous Moody's credit-rating service. Citing concerns over a sales-tax increase set to expire in mid-2013 and a budget that relies on the federal government to make changes caused Moody's to downgrade Arizona's outlook this week f ... More >>
www.grigio.comThe luxurious Grigio apartment complex on the north shore of the Town Lake in Tempe has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy The snazziest apartment complex in the Valley, Grigio Tempe Town Lake, has filed for bankruptcy and is seeking an emergency court ruling that will ke ... More >>
Doug Lingner will be leaving the Housing Authority of Maricopa County by Monday -- or else.Doug Lingner, executive director of the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, will be resigning his position.Lingner, a former Phoenix City Councilman, was the subject of a New Times cover story just five w ... More >>
East Valley Tribune food critic Jess Harter's Twitter post an hour ago was quite a stunner: "EV Trib had another massive round of layoffs this morning, including yours truly. My final day will be when sale is finalized next week." The layoffs followed yesterday's announcement that the newspaper's sa ... More >>
You've been holing up and watching too many Phoenix Suns games on TV, folks. Meanwhile, Stoudemire's Downtown has been hurting for business (as well as dealing with a rent dispute with its landlord, according to ABC 15). The restaurant just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The eatery is ... More >>
www.wireimage.com Former porn star Jenna Jameson screwed former business partner out of $400,000, according to court documentsIf you can't trust a former porn star, who can you trust?A former business partner of famed porn legend Jenna Jameson is claiming in Maricopa County Court that Jame ... More >>
Bashas' announced the locations today of all 14 stores it plans on closing by October 10. The family-owned chain filed for bankruptcy last month, but vows to stay afloat as a company and even improve its remaining 130 stores. As the Arizona Republic reported last week, the company is u ... More >>
Foreign DJ brings breakbeat blitzkrieg to Cream Stereo
A couple days ago, I reported that Old Town Scottdale's Lyte Lounge had just closed, and that a dueling piano might be filling the void. Yep, it's true. Former Lyte operator Robert Burghart tells me that he's involved in a joint venture called Howl at the Moon, a "rock and roll dueling piano sh ... More >>
Really, really late-night eats are hard to come by no matter what part of the Valley you're in, but in Old Town Scottsdale, where there are plenty of places to go boozing, there definitely aren't enough places to grab a bite and soak up a night's worth of sake bombers. The folks ... More >>
Change can be good. That seems to be the case for Poco, the Scottsdale Spanish restaurant formerly known as Imagine Spain (7000 E. Shea; 480-991-3170). When I checked out the place last fall (read my review), I liked the paella but couldn't stand the soulless surroundings. I wrote, "Imagi ... More >>
By Ray Stern The Phoenix office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was expecting a record year of deportations in 2008, but the final numbers exceeded predictions. A news release just put out by ICE states the agency removed 72,955 illegal immigrants in its fiscal 2008, which ended ... More >>
By Michele Laudig Oregano's seems to draw a crowd at even the most unlikely times of day -- I don't think I've ever been to one without at least a little bit of a wait.
Combination creates nation's premier alternative media company
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Fur is flying over whether one of the most popular animal charities in town has gone to the dogs
Jack Rose was a golden boy, a precocious businessman and political insider. Then he ran into a buzz saw at the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Canadian investors in a Phoenix-based company say they are victims of an international incident
Convicted con man Ben Friedman tells Phoenix accounting big shots Leonard Miller and Carlos Wagner to check their balance
The prosecution's evidence seems convincing--but will the jury grasp it?
An acclaimed Tucson drug-treatment program went suddenly, mysteriouly bankrupt. Administrators blame the board of directors. But others are questioning the administrators and their history at the notorious drug-treatment empire known as Synanon.
Prospectus' fine print reveals that if America West decides to sell, Continental is in the pilot's seat
The Open Door is supposed to be a haven for battered women. Instead, the operators have wasted much of their energy--and money--abusing one another.
JAWAD HASHIM CLAIMS HE'S A BANKRUPT VICTIM OF A VENDETTA BY HIS FORMER BOSS--IRAQ'S FEARED PRESIDENT, SADDAM HUSSEIN. A WEALTH OF EVIDENCE SUGGESTS HASHIM'S JUST ANOTHER SCAM ARTIST WHO WOUND UP IN SCOTTSDALE.
Experts say Arizona would be lucky if an outsider bought its largest utility company