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Fitch Affirms Three US CMBS SASB California and Arizona Hotel Transactions; Revises 14 Outlooks

Fitch Ratings - New York - 11 Aug 2022: Fitch Ratings has affirmed 20 classes from three U.S. CMBS single asset, single borrower (SASB) transactions backed by hotel collateral located in Arizona (two) and Santa Monica, California (one). In addition, the Rating Outlooks on 14 classes have been revised to Stable from Negative.Two of the transactions, BX Trust 2018-BILT (Arizona Biltmore) and Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Trust 2019-JWDR (JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa), are each secured by an individual hotel proper...

Fitch Ratings - New York - 11 Aug 2022: Fitch Ratings has affirmed 20 classes from three U.S. CMBS single asset, single borrower (SASB) transactions backed by hotel collateral located in Arizona (two) and Santa Monica, California (one). In addition, the Rating Outlooks on 14 classes have been revised to Stable from Negative.

Two of the transactions, BX Trust 2018-BILT (Arizona Biltmore) and Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Trust 2019-JWDR (JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa), are each secured by an individual hotel property located in Arizona. The third transaction, Morgan Stanley Capital I Trust 2018-SUN (Santa Monica Hotel Portfolio), is secured by a portfolio of two adjacent hotels, Shutters on The Beach (Shutters) and Hotel Casa Del Mar, in Santa Monica, CA.

Improved Performance and Cash Flow: All four of the hotels have reflected recovering performance since reopening after pandemic- and/or renovation-related closures. The Arizona Biltmore, which reopened in May 2021, has benefited from a recent $70 million renovation project that has boosted room rates. Both of the hotels securing the Santa Monica Hotel Portfolio (Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach) have exhibited recovering cash flow after having reported negative net cash flow (NCF) in 2020, with performance metrics returning to or exceeding those at issuance. The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa had a higher exposure to meeting and group business resulting in a slower recovery as performance remains below levels prior to the pandemic.

The affirmations and Outlook revisions to Stable from Negative for classes within the BX 2018-BILT/The Arizona Biltmore transaction reflect the strong asset quality, significant recent capital investment from the sponsor to perform substantial upgrades and renovations to the property, and Fitch's expectation that cash flow will continue stabilizing into 2H22 and 2023. The hotel has reflected recovering performance since reopening, with significantly higher room rates post-renovations compared with 2019 and issuance.

The affirmations and Outlook revisions to Stable from Negative for classes within the MSC 2018-SUN/Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach transaction reflect the asset quality, leverage and Fitch's expectation of continued cash flow stabilization. Both hotels securing the Santa Monica Hotel Portfolio loan have reported improving performance, with significantly higher room rates compared with issuance.

The affirmations and Outlook revisions to Stable from Negative for classes within the WFCM 2019-JWDR/JW Marriott Phoenix transaction reflect the asset quality and Fitch's expectation of continued cash flow stabilization. The Negative Outlooks on classes D, E and F account for concerns related to slower performance improvement and historical reliance on group business which may impact further recovery given the uncertainty related to future meeting and group demand. At issuance, the property reported 68.4% meeting and group market segmentation, with group business representing 67.5% of RevPAR at issuance.

Fitch's analysis of all four hotels reflects the NCF from issuance and anticipates continued improvement and performance stabilization prior to loan maturity. Recent YTD 2022 RevPAR for these properties have recovered to near or above issuance level.

The Arizona Biltmore is a 606-key, luxury, full-service hotel located in Phoenix, AZ. The hotel reopened in May 2021 after being closed since March 2020 during the pandemic. The hotel website detailed various renovations undertaken at the property including remodeled villas and updates to the pool, spa and food and beverage outlets. The hotel's TTM March 2022 NCF of $19.5 million was up significantly from YE 2021 of $0.4 million and the depressed YE 2020 NCF (during the renovations) of -$5.8 million. TTM March 2022 NCF was 24% below Fitch's NCF at issuance.

According to the TTM May 2022 STR report, occupancy, ADR and RevPAR were reported to be 54.4%, $398.73 and $216.91, respectively, with further improvement to 65.2%, $466.76 and $304.40 for the first five months of 2022 and 73.6%, $464.96 and $342.10 for the months of March, April and May 2022. This compares with 65.8%, $265.05 and $174.40 as of YE 2019 and 66%, $271.90 and $179.37 as of TTM March 2018 at the time of issuance.

At issuance, group business accounted for 60% of total occupancy. A consent agreement was executed in May 2021, waiving debt yield testing for the loan through March 2022. Monthly replacement reserve deposits have also been modified and increased for 2021 and 2022.

The Santa Monica Hotel Portfolio loan is secured by the fee interests in two adjacent beachfront, luxury, full-service hotels located in Santa Monica, CA, Shutters on the Beach (198 keys) and Hotel Casa Del Mar (129 keys). The two hotels are the only two luxury hotels on the west side of Los Angeles that are located directly on the beach. The loan had transferred to special servicing in 2020, but the borrower and lender executed a modification and reinstatement agreement in December 2020 that cured the defaults.

The portfolio's TTM March 2022 NCF of $19.9 million was up 76% from YE 2021 of $11.3 million, after negative NCF (-$9 million) was reported at YE 2020. TTM March 2022 NCF was 19.5% below Fitch's NCF at issuance.

According to the TTM June 2022 STR report, Shutters on the Beach reported occupancy, ADR and RevPAR of 72.9%, $789.93 and $575.66, respectively, with further improvement to 73.3%, $829.62 and $608.08 for the first six months of 2022 and 76.5%, $864.57 and $661.65 for the months of April, May and June 2022. This compares with 80.4%, $707.55 and $568.58 for TTM December 2019 and 80.9%, $710.78 and $575.18 as of TM May 2018 at the time of issuance.

As of TTM June 2022, Hotel Casa del Mar reported occupancy, ADR and RevPAR of 68.6%, $812.77 and $557.66, respectively, with further improvement to 69%, $851.46 and $587.40 for the first six months of 2022 and 71%, $868.51 and $616.66 for the months of April, May and June 2022. This compares with 78.9%, $704.45 and $555.60 for TTM December 2019 and 75%, $682.03 and $511.60 as of TTM May 2018 at the time of issuance.

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is a 950-room, full-service, high-quality destination resort hotel situated on approximately 396 acres in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The hotel was closed due to the pandemic between March and June of 2020. Despite the property reporting TTM March 2022 NCF of $28.8 million that was 21% below Fitch's NCF at issuance, the hotel has reflected recovering performance, with higher room rates in 2022 compared with issuance.

According to the TTM March 2022 STR report, occupancy, ADR and RevPAR for the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa were reported to be 45.4%, $293.50 and $133.15, respectively, with further improvement to 50.4%, $382.12 and $192.62 for the first three months of 2022. This compares with 70.1%, $254.65 and $178.51 as of TTM December 2019 and 69%, $253.03 and $174.60 as of TTM July 2019 at the time of issuance.

Maturities: Each of the floating rate loans secured in the BX 2018-BILT and MSC 2018-SUN transactions were structured with a two-year initial term with five, one-year extension options. The loans for the Arizona Biltmore and Santa Monica Hotel Portfolio recently exercised their third extension options and mature in May 2023 and July 2023, respectively. All of the extension options for these two transactions are tied to LIBOR, but will be transitioning to SOFR in 2023.

The loan for the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa (WFCM 2019-JWDR) is a seven-year, fixed-rate loan that matures in September 2026.

Downgrades to senior bonds are not likely due to the high level of recoverability based on the high quality the properties as well as the low leverage at the higher rating categories.

Downgrades to the junior bonds, especially if already non-investment grade, are possible if the cash flow recovery is not deemed to be sustained. Additionally, mounting headwinds for the hotel sector including high gas prices and airfares, reduced flights, increased labor costs and staffing shortages could temper cash flow recovery and lead to potential outlook revisions and/or downgrades. Downgrades are more likely if loans default and value declines are determined to be prolonged or permanent.

Upgrades are possible with sustained improvement in NCF and occupancies that return to pre-pandemic levels. In considering upgrades, Fitch may also consider future performance expectations given mounting headwinds anticipated in 2023. Upgrades will also consider the amount of leverage for each transaction at each rating category, including debt per key, relative to a loan's recovery and refinanceability.

International scale credit ratings of Structured Finance transactions have a best-case rating upgrade scenario (defined as the 99th percentile of rating transitions, measured in a positive direction) of seven notches over a three-year rating horizon; and a worst-case rating downgrade scenario (defined as the 99th percentile of rating transitions, measured in a negative direction) of seven notches over three years. The complete span of best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings for all rating categories ranges from 'AAAsf' to 'Dsf'. Best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings are based on historical performance. For more information about the methodology used to determine sector-specific best- and worst-case scenario credit ratings, visit https://www.fitchratings.com/site/re/10111579.

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Unless otherwise disclosed in this section, the highest level of ESG credit relevance is a score of '3'. This means ESG issues are credit-neutral or have only a minimal credit impact on the entity, either due to their nature or the way in which they are being managed by the entity. For more information on Fitch's ESG Relevance Scores, visit www.fitchratings.com/esg

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This award-winning San Diego pizzaiolo team is bringing a taste of Milan to Biltmore

The team behind San Diego's "best pizza of 2020" is bringing a fine dining Milanese concept to Phoenix.Ambrogio15 was opened by two friends from Milan when Giacomo Pizzigoni and Andrea Burrone decided to "leave the corporate world to begin a new adventure made up of passion, friendship and a bit of foolishness."The duo introduced the West Coast to Milanese-style pizza, according to their web...

The team behind San Diego's "best pizza of 2020" is bringing a fine dining Milanese concept to Phoenix.

Ambrogio15 was opened by two friends from Milan when Giacomo Pizzigoni and Andrea Burrone decided to "leave the corporate world to begin a new adventure made up of passion, friendship and a bit of foolishness."

The duo introduced the West Coast to Milanese-style pizza, according to their website, which describes the pizza crust as paper-thin. They give you permission, even encouragement to eat it with a knife and fork, which may be the only time you could use utensils with pizza and not get sideways glances.

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Since opening the first location in San Diego in 2015, the pizzeria has won a few accolades from local media and was voted number one on Tripadvisor's highest-rated San Diego restaurants list. It expanded to a total of three restaurants in San Diego with a fourth coming soon to Phoenix’s Biltmore Fashion Park.

What makes Milanese Pizza different?

The pizzeria is known for Milanese pizza, which is made using Petra flour (a stone ground wheat) to make a paper-thin crust. The partners have a special recipe for the dough that consists of a 48-hour proof process. The dough is formed into 15-inch pizza rounds and cooked in a rotating brick oven. A gluten-free crust is also available.

Pizzigoni told Fox5 San Diego "… we wanted to bring here, straight from Milano, where we are from, the best that Italy has to offer today… to shift away from that perception of pizza as fast food, as cheap food. So we translate gourmet food pairings and ingredients on top of pizza."

According to the same interview, some of the best-sellers are Margherita, salamino piccante, their version of diavolo, made with spicy salami and cooked with aged Parmigiano and fresh rosemary and finally, the pie named Best Pizza of 2020 by "San Diego Tribune," which comes topped with burrata and prosciutto crudo.

The ingredients are imported from small sustainable farms and businesses in Italy, like mozzarella di Bufala from the Consorzio Della Bufala Campana, aged parma prosciutto, DOP cheeses and cold cuts, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar from Modena, coffee from Napoli, biodynamic wines and craft beers.

What will be on the menu at Ambrogio15 in Phoenix?

The new concept in Phoenix will go beyond pizza, but offering a unique taste of Milan remains central and is reflected in everything from the name — Ambrogio was a fourth-century archbishop and is the patron saint of Milan — to the logo. The "A" represents Alemagna a pastry shop that opened in 1933 and is one of the most famous in Milan and the "M" is for their iconic metro sign.

"Phoenix is our biggest project so far," said Fabio Rauscher Bascon, their chief marketing officer. "It's fine dining featuring a full menu focused on modern Italian fusion gastronomy, along with a mixology cocktail program, an upscale yet fun ambience and, of course, our famous pizzas and natural wines."

The expanded menu will feature a few pizzas, pastas, appetizers, steak, seafood, wine and cocktails. It will be the team's first restaurant with a cocktail program.

"We have a Michelin-starred chef, Silvio Salmoiraghi, design the menu for Phoenix. He will fly out to Phoenix three to four times a year for special events," said Bascon.

The team has secured a space at Biltmore Fashion Park and plans to open in the next 12 to 16 months.

Details: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. ambrogio15.com.

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Arizona Biltmore GC temporarily closing Adobe to prep for ’23 renovation

The 93-year-old William Bell design will receive new irrigation, drought-tolerant TifTuf Bermudagrass, renovated green complexes and more. Golf Course Industry staff As part of a multi-phase improvement project, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club will temporarily clo...

The 93-year-old William Bell design will receive new irrigation, drought-tolerant TifTuf Bermudagrass, renovated green complexes and more.

Golf Course Industry staff

As part of a multi-phase improvement project, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club will temporarily close its Adobe golf course and driving range in August and September to begin preparations for a summer 2023 course renovation led by the Lehman Design Group. The Adobe course will reopen for play in October following overseeding.

The club’s Links golf course will remain open for play in August and September, as will the golf shop and Adobe Restaurant.

The Adobe Course, one of the state’s more historic golf courses, originally opened for play in 1929 and is a William Bell design. The summer 2023 renovation project will infuse modern golf course design and water conservation technology so that golfers can continue to enjoy the course for another century. During the 2023 renovation, crews will install a new, more efficient irrigation system and plant new drought tolerant TifTuf Bermudagrass throughout the course. In addition, green complexes will be renovated, tee boxes will be leveled, and bunkers will be rebuilt incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. This new generation-lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the bunker, minimizing washouts, reducing maintenance and producing superior playability.

Throughout the renovation, the general routing and par (71) of the golf course will remain the same and the Adobe’s famous parkland setting will be preserved.

Scottsdale resident Tom Lehman, a five-time PGA TOUR champion and 1996 Open Championship winner, is overseeing the Adobe course renovations. August and September 2022 work will include soil prep, dethatching of the course and removal of the old Bermudagrass.

“The work we do in August and September will put us in a great position for next summer’s course renovation,” said Cameron Kaplan, JDM Partners’ director of golf assets and marketing. “With crews currently working on the golf shop building and prep work set to begin on the Adobe course, it’s an exciting time.”

The Adobe course renovation is part of the club’s multi-phase renovation and improvement project that began in April. The historic investment by the club’s ownership group, JDM Partners, follows consultation with neighbors, community stakeholders, the city of Phoenix and industry experts. Crews began the first phase in April, which includes a new golf shop and member facilities (located in one building) and underground cart storage.

The next phase of clubhouse improvements is expected to begin later this year and will include a new clubhouse and restaurant, replacing the existing event tent and clubhouse, which includes The Adobe Restaurant. This will also bring additional on-site parking and landscaping improvements.

The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is located in the shadow of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The 36-hole golf facility includes the Adobe and Links course. The Adobe’s lush fairways and spacious layout are a reminder of the way the game was meant to be played. The Links course has earned the respect of golfers as one of Arizona’s premier golf courses. Rolling fairways lined with pines meander through some of the more stunning homes in Phoenix.

Newmark : Arranges Sale of Value-Add Multifamily Community in Prime Uptown/Biltmore Area of Phoenix

Newmark[1] announces the $36.5 million sale of Paradise Palms, a 130-unit, value-add multifamily community situated in the prime Biltmore/Uptown submarket of Phoenix, Arizona. Newmark Senior Managing Directors Chris Canter and Brett Polachek and Executive Managing Director...

Newmark[1] announces the $36.5 million sale of Paradise Palms, a 130-unit, value-add multifamily community situated in the prime Biltmore/Uptown submarket of Phoenix, Arizona. Newmark Senior Managing Directors Chris Canter and Brett Polachek and Executive Managing Director Brad Goff represented the seller, Ogden Capital Partners LLC, in the sale to an undisclosed buyer.

Constructed in 1959, the Paradise Palms is garden-style community was designed by a famous architect, Ralph Haver. It offers large, spacious floor plans and features a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Community amenities include on-site maintenance and property management, two resort-style pools, pet play area, storage space, grills and a picnic area.

"Paradise Palms is a unique and spectacular multifamily asset in a Class A Uptown/Biltmore location," said Canter. "This is the perfect asset for the buyer to capture the robust Phoenix rent growth with a more modern interior and exterior renovation. The previous owners purchased this asset in 2014 and have benefitted from the development and investment that has taken place along 7th and 16th Street."

Following a record 2021, investor demand for multifamily remained robust during the first quarter of 2022 with $63.0 billion in U.S. sales volume, according to Real Capital Analytics data analyzed by Newmark Research. In addition to this volume signifying the largest first quarter on record, year-over-year volume accelerated 65.4%. Trailing twelve-month volume increased to $374.3 billion. Phoenix ranked sixth among major metros in terms of sales volume over the 12 months ending in the first quarter, with $17.5 billion in volume.

Located at 1517 E. Colter Street in Phoenix, Paradise Palms is situated just off the Piestewa Freeway, a convenient seven-minute drive to the I-10 freeway and a 10-minute drive to Sky Harbor International Airport. The location is proximate to over 200,000 high-paying jobs and multiple award-winning restaurants and entertainment options.

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About Newmark Newmark Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMRK), together with its subsidiaries ("Newmark"), is a world leader in commercial real estate, seamlessly powering every phase of the property life cycle. Newmark's comprehensive suite of services and products is uniquely tailored to each client, from owners to occupiers, investors to founders, and startups to blue-chip companies. Combining the platform's global reach with market intelligence in both established and emerging property markets, Newmark provides superior service to clients across the industry spectrum. Newmark generated revenues of nearly $3.2 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2022. Newmark's company-owned offices, together with its business partners, operate from approximately 170 offices with over 6,500 professionals around the world. To learn more, visit nmrk.com or follow @newmark. Discussion of Forward-Looking Statements about Newmark Statements in this document regarding Newmark that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These include statements about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business, results, financial position, liquidity and outlook, which may constitute forward-looking statements and are subject to the risk that the actual impact may differ, possibly materially, from what is currently expected. Except as required by law, Newmark undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see Newmark's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors and Special Note on Forward-Looking Information set forth in these filings and any updates to such risk factors and Special Note on Forward-Looking Information contained in subsequent reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q or Form 8-K.

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From the Old Pueblo to the Valley: Tucson-based restaurants in Phoenix

In the last few years, Tucson has seen an increase in Phoenix restaurants, regional chains, and even national chains moving into town.However, did you know that a few classic Tucson-based eateries can also be found in Phoenix? Hop in and take a journey with us up I-10 as we explore a little bit of the Old Pueblo in the Valley.Obon Sushi + Bar + RamenWhat is your go-to ramen and sushi restaurant in town?Since 2015, Obon Sushi + Bar + Ramen has become a Japanese dining staple in downtown Tucson, a...

In the last few years, Tucson has seen an increase in Phoenix restaurants, regional chains, and even national chains moving into town.

However, did you know that a few classic Tucson-based eateries can also be found in Phoenix? Hop in and take a journey with us up I-10 as we explore a little bit of the Old Pueblo in the Valley.

Obon Sushi + Bar + Ramen

What is your go-to ramen and sushi restaurant in town?

Since 2015, Obon Sushi + Bar + Ramen has become a Japanese dining staple in downtown Tucson, and it’s been busy making moves ever since. As its name suggests, the restaurant features sushi, cocktails, and ramen, but there are many more options on the menu such as a variety of poke and entrées.

Seasonal Sapporo-style red miso ramen with brown butter at OBON Sushi Bar Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

In 2017, Obon Sushi + Bar + Ramen opened its first location in the Valley. Located in the Scottsdale Quarter, this Obon is currently the only Japanese restaurant in the shopping complex. Two years later, a second location in Scottsdale opened at McCormick Ranch.

This year, Obon opened a third restaurant in Phoenix, but this time with a different concept. Bisutoro, which is located in the Biltmore Fashion Park, has an upscale yet casual vibe and a more expansive menu than its sister restaurants.

Among its specialties are “robata” dishes (a Japanese cooking style that uses a charcoal grill), steaks that include Wagyu options, and entrées embracing other Asian cultures such as the Korean Harvest Bowl and Hainanese Chicken. Of course, you can still find sushi on their menu, too.

The restaurant group also operates Goodness at 2502 N. Campbell Ave. For more information on all locations, visit obonsushi.com.

Prep & Pastry

For Tusconans, Prep & Pastry is often the first restaurant that comes to mind for brunch as it is an all-week, all-day brunch eatery. Prep & Pastry opened its first Tucson location in 2013 on Campbell Avenue close to the University of Arizona. It’s been one of the many that have dominated the local brunch scene with its fun mimosas and cocktails, savory and sweet brunch items, and delicious baked goods.

After opening a second location on Grant Road here in Tucson, a third location opened by Scottsdale Fashion Square in 2019. Like its two Tucson locations, the Prep & Pastry up north has a bright and inviting dining room and the same all-day brunch menu.

Plus, conveniently located next to an upscale mall, it is the perfect place to grab a bite and mimosas before some retail therapy.

Prep & Pastry is part of Ares Collective, which also includes the Commoner & Co., Flora’s Market Run, and August Rhodes Bakery. For more information on all Prep & Pastry locations, visit prepandpastry.com.

Beaut Burger

Vegan burger restaurant Beaut Burger has been serving Tucsonans from the MSA Annex at the Mercado District since 2018 and is now also serving Phoenicians.

Beaut Burger’s entire menu is vegan. From its nine different burgers to the Wry Reuben and Fooled Pork sandwiches, non-meat eaters can satisfy their cravings for a meaty meal while indulging in plant-based foods. Of course, there are naturally meatless sides such as French fries and coleslaw as well.

Serving customers side-by-side with Beaut Burger in Phoenix is Bristlecone, a dessert parlor that offers vegan soft serve and shakes with oat milk.

For something simple, you can choose between their chocolate, vanilla, or twist soft serve in a cup or their housemade waffle cone. If you are craving something more elaborate and indulgent, there are seven sundae options and seven shake options to choose from. Some of the shakes can even be made boozy with the addition of either whiskey or rum.

Bristlecone’s full dessert menu is not available in Tucson, but you can still get soft serve ice cream with your burger.

For more information on all locations, visit beautburger.com.

Eegee’s

If you have lived in Tucson for any amount of time you are probably familiar with this iconic drive-thru. Known for its namesake frozen treat, Eegee’s was born in 1971 as a food truck selling frozen lemon drinks and sub sandwiches.

Fast forward to today, the restaurant has nearly 30 brick-and-mortar locations in Tucson, one in Casa Grande, and three in the Phoenix area with one more opening soon.

The eegee flavors include lemon, strawberry, pina colada, skinny berry, and a rotating flavor of the month. If you are feeling adventurous, try the eegee Fizz, which is the beverage mixed with your choice of soda, or the Teagee — an eegee mixed with tea. Most recently, they’ve added a Macchiato Buzz, making it the restaurant’s very first caffeinated drink.

Other than its iconic frozen drinks, Eegee’s is also known for its original Ranch Fries. Crinkle-cut fries topped with housemade ranch dressing and bacon bits, this is the perfect side for any of the grinders or sub sandwiches. Truly, Phoenix is lucky to finally have Eegee’s.

For more information on all locations, visit eegees.com.

The Screamery

As Phoenix is known for its notoriously brutal summers, it is only natural that Tucson’s own hand-crafted ice cream, The Screamery, found its way to the Valley.

The shop makes its ice cream with only natural ingredients and places high emphasis on not using any ingredients one cannot pronounce.

The Screamery changes up its offerings regularly and in each store there is a large blackboard that lists all the available flavors and their descriptions. For those desiring something fancier than a couple of scoops of ice cream, they have creations such as Ice Cream Nachos, a Banana Split, and the sharable Farmhouse, which consists of eight scoops of ice cream, cookie, brownie, butter cake, and unlimited toppings.

You can find The Screamery now in Phoenix and Chandler, in addition to its four locations in the Tucson area.

For more information on all locations, visit thescreamery.com.

Barrio Brewing Company

Barrio Brewing Company prides itself as the first 100% employee-owned brewery in Arizona. Located just outside of downtown Tucson, Barrio Brewing has been serving the locals for more than 30 years now.

The types of beer found at the brewery include an assortment of ales, IPAs, a lager, stout, and porter; the Tucson Blonde Ale/Barrio Blonde being one of its more popular brews.

While you can enjoy its draft beer in its taproom, you can also purchase canned beer to go or find them in different businesses around Arizona. If you are seeking the Barrio Brewing experience in the Valley, there is a location in Mesa that also has a full menu.

For more information on either location, visit barriobrewing.com and barriobrewingmesa.com.

Zinburger

If you are a burger connoisseur in the Phoenix area you have probably visited Zinburger, but did you know this elevated burger joint is from Tucson? This Fox Restaurant Concepts creation opened its first location in Tucson back in 2007 and had once expanded to the east coast.

Today, all Zinburger restaurants can be found in Arizona; four locations in the Valley, including one in the Sky Harbor International Airport, and two in Tucson. Other than burgers, appetizers, and shakes, Zinburger offers a vast selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.

For more information on all locations, visit zinburgeraz.com.

Ni Hao Tea

Since 2020, Ni Hao Tea has been treating Tucson boba fanatics. On Saturday, August 6, the tea shop joined the many boba spots in Chandler, bringing their signature Fresh Taro Smoothie, Fresh Brown Sugar Milk, and Strawberry Matcha Latte to the Valley.

Its menu also features milk teas, fruit teas, and slush drinks, with new drinks added to the menu from time to time such as the most recent Creme Brulee Oreo Matcha. All locations offer a welcoming environment for patrons to hang out and enjoy their drinks.

For more information on all locations, visit nihaoteausa.com.

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