Chef Bernie Kantak Planning Five Restaurants Downtown

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Former Cowboy Ciao chef Bernie Kantak and his business partners have finalized a deal to open not one, not two, but five new restaurants downtown, reports the Republic today. The concepts will be Southwestern, Southern, steakhouse, Latin, and wine bar, and will be located at 1st Street and Jackson, at the heart of the still-nonexistent Jackson Street Entertainment District.

Earlier today, the Republic also mentioned that Estate House chef Gio Osso would also be involved, but now his name is mysteriously gone from the story (whose cutline still mentions "two acclaimed Scottsdale chefs").

It's interesting, because Kantak was set to be the head chef at Mexican Standoff, one of five restaurants that restaurateur Peter Kasperski had in the works for the last few years. Only one of those, Digestif, opened at Southbridge, while Mexican Standoff has been postponed a number of times, and plans to open an expanded Sea Saw, Shell Shock, and Confection have fallen through.

Kantak's five restaurants will reportedly open by the end of this year. 

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.