The evolution of Mill Avenue continues. While retailers might've taken the biggest economic hit along downtown Tempe's walkable stretch (witness the sad row of empty storefronts just north of P.F. Chang's), the restaurant scene is burgeoning.
Open since Friday, Robbie Fox's Public House is the newest addition to the mix, giving Rula Bula some competition with fish 'n chips, corned beef sandwiches, cottage pie, and other Irish dishes, as well as several all-American offerings. And in the oyster department, Casey Moore's gets a challenge, too -- Robbie Fox's has them on the half-shell, fried, and Rockefeller.
The centerpiece of Robbie Fox's is 130-plus-year-old bar back, which was originally in a Dublin pub called Phil Shanahan's. Live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays is another attraction.
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Open for lunch and dinner daily, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the restaurant is located at Centerpoint on Mill, 640 S. Mill Ave.