Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row: Happening hub for art, food
This weekend, a half-mile long table will be set for an alfresco community dinner in Phoenix’s hotter-than-hot Roosevelt Row.
This extraordinary FeastOnTheStreet fete is just another feather in the cap of the reinvented downtown arts district locals refer to as “RoRo.”
RoRo connects the heart of the city to over half a dozen historic neighborhoods, while lying adjacent to ASU’s Honors College. This vibrant, ever-changing neighborhood gives urban explorers every reason to visit: an indie cinema, cool shops galore; unusual restaurants; coffee houses; a new French-owned patisserie; and a steady stream of new galleries.
On Food Truck Fridays, swarms of happy, hungry locals chow down at picnic tables adjacent to nearly two dozen trucks. Older homes in RoRo have been transformed into cool social hubs, Jobot coffeehouse and Cibo pizzeria among them. Made gallery (aka Made in Phoenix) sells locally-crafted goods, while Film Bar keeps the arthouse movie crowd sated. Bliss Rebar’s large patio has become a favored urban oasis; Lost Leaf bar combines fine art, craft beer and live music … and makes it work.
As an infill project, some vacant lots in RoRo hold large pods used by artists as temporary studios, while others are seeded with sunflowers and later harvested by high-school science students, who turn them into fuel.