"It's a bit like a speakeasy, with limited hours and supply," said Alton, who recently opened Bones Bodega with artist Gino Belassen. "It creates a different kind of environment ... It's a hybrid project, where we're working to bring together different cultural elements."
The pair launched a football (as in soccer) collective called Bones FC in 2018 as a way to support local football culture and create connections between the sport, food, and art. Early Bones collabs included a skincare collection with Skin and Bones and streetwear designs with Preston Paperboy. Bones Bodega is the next step.
“We’re building out sort of a ghost kitchen for vendors,” Alton told Phoenix New Times. They’re also considering getting a liquor license.
Alton said they want to open a full-time marketplace in the fall so they can bring more art, coffee, and retail offerings to Bones Bodega. “We’re going to work with other brands to curate an ever-changing selection; we’re basically building out a program so people can expect to get select items from the community here,” he said.
Recent pop-ups here have been drawing more than 100 people, from both the surrounding neighborhood and other parts of the Valley. Tonja Payne was one of the first people in line Friday night but lingered afterward at a café table outside the nearby business Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge. “I love being around all these people,” she told New Times while waiting in line for the chance to get a Shameless Burger. “There’s a lot of joy in this community.”
Bones Bodega. 1301 Grand Avenue, #6. More info at bonesfc.com.