Downtown Phoenix is thriving with new restaurants, bars and entertainment concepts rapidly emerging. Three new concepts will open soon on Roosevelt Row, including an international award-winning bar.
Prior to the pandemic, construction was underway on Punch Bowl Social in downtown Phoenix. The national chain’s outpost in Arizona is said to include a bar, bowling alley, games room and restaurant under one roof on Roosevelt Row.
But Phoenix’ Punch Bowl Social never opened its doors and is listed as permanently closed online.
Now the Nebraska-based Flagship Restaurant Group, which owns and operates more than 30 restaurants nationwide, has taken over the space.
The group opens Ghost Donkey, a mezcal and tequila bar that originally started in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood. The speakeasy will be joined by two sister concepts called Palma and Châm Pang Lanes. This is what we know.
What is Ghost Donkey?
Ghost Donkey is a Mexican-inspired speakeasy with locations in New York, Las Vegas, Denver, and Auckland, New Zealand. In 2020, the original New York location was named Cocktail Bar of the Year by international cocktail magazine Imbibe. (That location has remained closed during the pandemic.)
In Las Vegas, the bar is hidden behind a food court in the Cosmopolitan hotel. The only clue to help customers find it is a small white easel painted on an otherwise unmarked door.
Inside, the ceiling is decorated with twinkling red lights that cast a strange glow over the small space and very limited seating. A giant disco ball revolves above customers sipping mezcal cocktails and snacking on the famous truffle nachos.
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Cocktails match the Mexican-influenced theme with drinks like the Ay Papi, a mezcal, vermouth, and sparkling wine, and the Vaya Chica, made with mezcal, pisco, and cranberry.
The food menu is small but packed with queso fundido, tuna tacos, and four types of nachos: wild mushrooms, truffle, mole chicken, and chorizo.
Ghost Donkey owners AvroKo Hospitality Group teamed up with Flagship Restaurant Group to bring the concept to Phoenix.
Ghost Donkey’s Phoenix location will share an address with two other brand new concepts.
The first, called Châm Pang Lanes, has a bubblegum pink and turquoise logo of a bowling pin crossed with a champagne bottle. The spot’s tagline: “Honey, it’s champagne time.”
The decor will be “a dreamy utopian escape,” according to a company press release.
Renderings show a large, circular bar with seating on all sides adjacent to a games area complete with six bowling lanes, two pool tables, and four pinball machines.
On the menu are champagne and fried chicken.
The other concept is called Palma. On social media, customers are invited to “retreat to the palms behind the lanes”.
The space will be “overrun by a nursery of palm trees,” according to the release, describing the concept as an “urban botanical sanctuary.”
Renders of the space show plush interior cabins and a large outdoor deck with fire pits.
The food menu, which the release describes as “Asian cuisine,” will showcase Korean, Szechuan, American, Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors.
The opening of all three concepts is planned for February 2022.
Details: 903 N Second Street, Phoenix. champanglanes.com, ghostdonkey.com, palmaphx.com.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: New in downtown Phoenix: Ghost Donkey bar, Palma and Châm Pang Lanes