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2 restaurants plan to open in downtown Phoenix

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Posted at 6:44 PM, May 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-29 21:44:40-04

Two new restaurant concepts are coming to downtown Phoenix this summer.

Both will be within an easy walking distance to Talking Stick Resort Arena and Chase Field.

Mancuso's Restaurants said earlier this month that it was relocating its Scottsdale restaurant, Bobby's (which closed April 30) to the Collier Center along Jefferson between Second and Third streets.

The new restaurant will be known as Mancuso's and continue to focus on Italian-American cuisine.

"The exciting growth of downtown Phoenix, with new businesses, new residents and visitors, plus increased activity at the Phoenix Convention Center, are all reasons now is the time to come downtown," said Bobby Mancuso, president of Mancuso's Restaurants, in a prepared media release.

The 8,700-square-foot restaurant will be located on the upper level of the Collier Center.

In the same area, Phil Richard and Bob Garland have teamed up to bring downtown a one-stop-shop for some of their food truck favorites and a craft beer garden. Collectively it will be known as The Park and will be in the space where Stoudemires once was.

The 11,000 square-foot space will be indoors, but will feel like you're out doors. There will be communal tables, green foliage, and a tree-covered garden.

To visualized the concept better, Richard described it as a cafeteria. Guests will see a bunch of digital menu boards featuring items from various food trucks. They'll be able to order items a la carte.

So, who says your meal can't consist of lobster mac n cheese, fries and rolled tacos? The options and combinations are up to you.

Food trucks that have already signed on to come to the Park include: Mustache Pretzels, Smokin' Hot BBQ, Bene Plates, INDAH Sushi, Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes, Taste of New Mexico and Frites Street. Tempe's Pedal Haus Brewery will also be serving their beers in the beer garden.

"The culinary scene has been a growing culture in downtown Phoenix and we're proud to bring a first of its kind community concept to the city," said Richards in a media release.

At night, the venue will turn into an adult playground with a dance floor, VIP tables and a stage for live music.

Both Mancuso's Restaurant and The Park plan to open sometime this summer.