New late-night eatery to open in Phoenix

Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 14:11:07-05

Whether it's after a sporting event, a concert or a night out on the town, finding a tasty late-night meal that does not come through a drive-thru window can be tough.

Rick Cordova, a new restaurateur in the Valley, is hoping to change that.

He recently purchased the building that once housed "Joe's Liquor Store" (most recently named Tango Liquor) on Seventh Street between Rose Lane and Bethany Home Road.

If you don't recognize the name, you'll probably recognize the sign that stood out front (see picture below).

He's resurrecting Joe's name as Joe's Midnight Run, a "casual yet food-forward" restaurant and lounge for the afternoon, evening and late-night crowds.

Don't think typical bar food. Joe's (or, really Rick's menu) will feature sharable dishes from around the Globe, all cooked on a wood-fired stove or grill.

Argentinean skirt steak. Grilled sweetbreads with Argentinean red wine. Belgian mussels with Belgian beer. Spanish-style octopus with Spanish wine. Southwestern burger with Arizona wine. Whole-roasted trout, just to name a few.

"I was digging the vibe. [It's a] cool little building, nothing like it," said Cordova, recalling when he surveyed the location.

Cordova said the bar will have 20 beers and 15 wines on tap. Liquor will also be available.

The inside will consist of a mid-century modern look reminiscent of when it was first built--in 1962, according to city records.

"It's going to be a cool vibe. That's the fun stuff," said Cordova. He said customers (#Jomies, when you become a regular) will walk in and notice a lot of colors and then the music playing overhead.

His music selection (so far): Guns n' Roses, B.B King, Ice Cube and a little Metallica.

Cordova said Joe's Midnight Run will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., serving guests late into the night. It is expected to open in March.

You can visit their website for updates.