By definition, the word covenant means a bond or agreement.
That is what owner Carri Gardner wants The Covenant, a new restaurant that opened its doors on Monday, to be for the Paradise Valley community. A commitment to quality food at reasonable prices in an inviting atmosphere.
Located at the northwest corner of Shea and Tatum boulevards, bright yellow letters display its name.
Gardner described the interior as "kind of sexy, classy, newer" saying it's "that young feeling." Chandeliers hang over a row of booths and elevated tables. The tables are surrounded with bright blue chairs. A dual-spiral staircase within a 16-foot glass wine cooler overlooks the 4,000-square-foot restaurant.
It can hold up to 2,700 wine bottles.
Spirits bottles line a three-tiered shelf above the bar surrounded by more than 20 brightly colored stools.
To make up for not having a patio, three garage-style windows can open during the cooler months.
"It's not girly. It's not [too] guy. It's perfect," said Gardner.
But, it's the kitchen that Brian Roehrich, one of Gardner's business partners, wants to highlight. The entire kitchen, from storage to prep stations to the 900-degree oven, is visible to the restaurant.
"We're not trying to hide anything," he said.
The storage cooler for perishable items is glass and visible in plain view. Slats along the bottom of the bar and the floor force bartenders to keep the area clean rather than a storage place for used bottles, boxes and garbage, he said.
Gardner described the menu as "American eclectic" with options for those seeking lighter fare for lunch or those hungry for a steak or seafood dinner.
Dishes include seared pork tenderloin, pan-seared scallops, Cedar plank shrimp and a Tomahawk steak. There are 10 different salad and sandwich options for those looking for something less heavy.
Courtesy The Covenant
Operation hours will be 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily. Brunch will be offered on weekends from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. On Sept. 25, a grab-and-go coffee station will open at 7 a.m. with pastries.
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4740 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85028