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Plaza Gains 2 Tenants During Renovation

Restaurants to Open in Late 2015/Early 2016

Renovation teams have uncovered original brickwork and hand-painted signage. Photo credit: Vintage Partners

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

In concert with its redevelopment efforts at central Phoenix’s historic Uptown Plaza shopping center, Valley-based Vintage Partners has announced two new restaurants will be taking up residence.

The new tenants will be Arizona’s second location of Shake Shack, an NYC-based eatery offering classic American roadside fare, and the third Valley location of Flower Child, a Fox Restaurant Concepts restaurant focused on locally-sourced, all natural dining options.

Both restaurants are planned to open in late 2015 or early 2016.

Vintage Partners began its restoration and redevelopment of the 1955 Del Webb-constructed shopping area, located on the NEC of Central and Camelback, in 2014. The project goal, according to David Scholl, Vintage Partners principal, is, “Carefully renovating and re-merchandizing this landmark property to restore Uptown Plaza as one of the Valley’s most desirable retail destinations.”

Phase I of the restoration, expected to be complete this fall, is already underway. After peeling away layers of stucco added over the years, the renovation team has discovered hand-painted signage and other details original to the development.

The design staff will continue with the goal of restoring the site’s 1950s feel and will incorporate both vintage and custom modern components as work progresses.

Vintage expects to announce additional tenants later this summer.

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