Opening Friday: Afterlife in Scottsdale

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Really, really late-night eats are hard to come by no matter what part of the Valley you're in, but in Old Town Scottsdale, where there are plenty of places to go boozing, there definitely aren't enough places to grab a bite and soak up a night's worth of sake bombers.

The folks behind Afterlife (4282 N. Drinkwater) are hoping to take advantage of that rare niche, debuting this Friday night in the space that used to house e4 nightclub.

Aron Mezo was a founding partner of e4 when it first opened, and later sold his share of the business. Now the place is back in his hands, sans liquor license, so he's "making lemonade out of lemons" by turning it into a late-night lounge and eatery that willl stay open well after the bars are closed.

Mezo will be outsourcing the food, teaming up with chef Joseph Gutierrez, owner of neighboring Cin-Cin Bistro (4425 N. Buckboard Tr.) and formerly of Tutto, Tapas Papa Frita, and numerous other Valley restaurants over the years. You'll be able to grab paninis, mini-pizzas, and other small plates, as well as coffee and energy drinks. A nightly buffet is also in the works. Gutierrez tells me he'll change the globally-inspired Afterlife menu every week.

Meanwhile, Cin-Cin also does a late-night business, with a mostly Italian menu -- pizzas, pastas, and homemade focaccia and desserts.

Afterlife will be open from midnight to 4 a.m., Friday and Saturday, starting April 3. Cin-Cin Bistro is open from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

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