Tom Kaufman

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Chandler's Living Room Wine Café Expanding to Northwest Valley

    Northwest Valley folks looking for a new place to lounge with a glass of wine soon will be able to add The Living Room to their list. See also: - New Korean Barbecue Spot Opens in Glendale - Z'Tejas to Debut New Taco Restaurant Concept in Old Phoenix Church Restaurateur Tom Kaufman (owner of the H ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    LongHorn Steakhouse Tries Arizona (Again): This Time in Mesa and With More Locations to Come

    Darden Restaurants, Inc., the same company who owns and operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, and Eddie V's, is playing Santa this year in the form of steakhouse chain, LongHorn. See also: New Steakhouse Coming to Chandler Today, the casual American steakhouse that op ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Chrysa Robertson Dishes on Her Role as Exorcist and What It Takes To Be a Woman Chef

    Chrysa Robertson Rancho Pinot 6208 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-367-8030 See also: Chrysa Robertson Sells Heritage Turkeys and Talks Turkey at November 18 Cooking Class Tastemaker #11: Chrysa Robertson This is part one of my interview with Chrysa Robertson, chef-owner o ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    New Steakhouse Coming to Chandler

    Meat lovers looking for the next new bone-in steak or juicy burger in the southeast Valley should point their respective canines in the direction of Chandler -- more specifically, Chop Chandler. The new steakhouse and grill is planned to open at 2625 West Queen Creek Road (Dobson and Queen Creek) i ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Pavle Milic's Quest to Make Wine: A Quixotic Exploit?

    Earlier this spring, we launched Vine Geeks -- in which AZ Wine Merchants' Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic share advice, news and a little levity from the world of wine. Today, we bring you Romancing the Grape. In this occasional series, Milic will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    The Living Room in Phoenix to Become Third Humble Pie Location

    Toya D.​​Did you know The Living Room on 2333 North 7th Street is transforming into a Humble Pie? I found out when I attempted to pop in for lunch today, thanks to a sign on the door. A source told me the decision to change The Living Room Wine Cafe and Lounge in Phoenix (not yet open ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Coming Soon to CenPho: The Living Room

    ​It's been more than a year since Belgian restaurant Trente-Cinq 35 closed in a prime location at Sheridan Square, the corner of 7th Street and Sheridan that's also home to ale house The Main Ingredient and Sutra Yoga. But by the end of this month, that very same space will be hom ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010
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    December 29, 2009

    The Living Room Set to Open Tomorrow

    ​Valley wine guru Tom Kaufman (Rancho Pinot, Humble Pie) is doing a lot of last-minute juggling, but if everything continues as planned, he'll be officially opening The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge tomorrow night in Chandler. "If the searchlights are on, we're open," he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Coming Soon: 5th and Wine, and The Living Room

    ​The spot that used to house Fine's Cellar is finally getting new life -- and in this incarnation, it will once again be a wine bar/restaurant. Set to open in early December, 5th and Wine (in Old Town Scottsdale at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Marshall Way, 7051 E. 5th Ave.) is the lat ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Coming Soon: The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe

    ​You probably saw my post about Lisa G closing over the weekend -- where I mentioned new owner Matt Diamond -- but now that I've had a chance to chat with Diamond, I have more details for you. So he's got a serious wine background. He's traveled to various wine regions, worked for such loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Union Wine Bar & Grill pours its final glass . . .

    Yeah, yeah, I've blogged plenty about stuff that's in the works for the local dining scene, but unfortunately I can't always be the bearer of good news. Today's latest tidbit is a total downer: Union Wine Bar & Grill, one of 2007's most-anticipated new restaurants, has closed its doors for good. Sat ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007
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    November 7, 2002

    To B or Not to BYOB

    Bring your own bottle -- but not high expectations -- to boring new bistro

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    July 12, 2001

    Lizard Lounge

    Forget dog days, August will be the month of the Iguana

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    May 10, 2001

    Dueling Arcadias

    Battle over name goes à la court

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    January 1, 1998