For years, husband-and-wife team Danielle Leoni and Dwayne Allen have brought a little piece of the Caribbean to downtown Phoenix at their Jamaican restaurant The Breadfruit and Rum Bar. Allen, a Jamaica native, helped introduce Leoni, who was born in Illinois, to the vibrant island cuisine and now she says she's ready to introduce diners to her own family's culinary traditions.
According to the Arizona Republic, the duo will open an Italian restaurant called Leoni's Focaccia in Scottsdale later this year. The restaurant, which is expected to open in March, will serve lunch, with a menu that focuses on Roman-style focaccia, as well as sandwiches, salads, and sweets. It will be located at 7116 East Mercer Lane, near the intersection of Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road.
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Leoni and Allen opened The Breadfruit in 2008, adding The Rum Bar and a cigar lounge several years later. The small restaurant has been a standby of the ever-growing downtown Phoenix dining scene ever since, as well-loved for its menu of Caribbean fare as for its extensive selection of rum.