First Taste

Merci French Café Operates in Scratch's Spirit but Has Some Growing To Do

When both Scratch locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix closed last year, it left a macaron-sized hole in our hearts. After the financial difficulties of rejuvenating the old Canvas building downtown, Duc Liao and his wife, Noelle, closed their operations. Luckily for Scratch enthusiasts (and there are quite a few), Liao re-opened the Scottsdale location near Indian School and Miller roads under the name Merci. While the new restaurant plays on the strengths of the previous iterations, it hasn't shaken some of the old weaknesses.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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