Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week
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Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.
Life got a little sweeter when Duc and Noelle Liao opened Scratch Pastries in a Scottsdale strip mall in 2008, bringing French café food and elegant, inspired pastries to an otherwise dreary corner in central Scottsdale.
And it got sweeter still when the couple opened a second location called Scratch French Cafe in the former Canvas space on Roosevelt Row just a few months ago. But it's all come to an abrupt end. The Liaos have closed both locations and Noelle told Chow Bella recently that they intend to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy once they sell their family home.
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In the next few weeks Phoenicians will say bonjour to a new Central Phoenix spot serving French-inspired New Orleans cuisine.
French Grocery, located at 7th Ave and Missouri, will soft-open to the public on Tuesday, June 18th and will offer made-from-scratch French and creole specialties including croissants, beignets, jambalaya and shrimp étouffée.
The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? This week JK Grence, who pens Chow Bella's Last Call column, shares his five favorite spots to eat after midnight.
For practically as long as I can remember, I've been a creature of the night. I prefer to work evenings, stay up all night, and then jump into bed moments before daybreak brings its compelling case to stay awake. Whether I'm just getting done waiting tables or tending bar, or I've enjoyed a night of wild revelry, I often find myself in want of great food when I have zero desire to cook.