You already may have seen the sign in the window of the building at 220 East Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix, but, according to Troy Watkins, it's going to be a few more months until the newest restaurant on Roosevelt Row is ready to open its doors.
Called The Dressing Room, the restaurant will serve a menu of what partners Watkins and Kyu Utsunomiya are calling "elevated shack food" -- as in breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and more.
The name is an homage to the building's history as a dressing room for Phoenix's first drag bar, once located next door. More recently, the space has been used for various purposes including as a show space for local band Wooden Indian.
Watkins and Utsunomiya plan to renovate the space to add a bar, small front patio, and a larger covered back patio where there's currently a parking lot. In addition, the restaurant will be taking over the space currently occupied by Songbird Coffee.
(Don't worry though -- in case you didn't hear, Songbird is relocating to a new, freestanding building at 812 North Third Street.)
Part of the funding for the renovations came through a Kickstarter campaign that helped the partners raise more than $38,000. The campaign ended in February, but you can still check out the video in order to get a visual of what they plan to do to the building.
The current Songbird space, which opens into MonOrchid art gallery, will remain a coffee and breakfast spot for the most part, Watkins says. You'll be able to order from The Dressing Room menu throughout the two spaces, and they'll be joined by a pass through, but what's now Songbird will have a separate name -- the partners just haven't decided on it yet.
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Together, Watkins and Utsunomiya have more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry, though this will be their first venture owning a restaurant. Most recently, Watkins worked for local restaurant group Upward Projects, including as a manager for Postino.
According to Watkins, The Dressing Room should be open by early June. Keep an eye on the Dressing Room Facebook page for updates.