Sam Fox’s Blanco Cocina + Cantina Joins Paradise Valley Mall Redevelopment

The new location, slated to open next year, will boast an expanded dinner experience, as well as an elevated bar program featuring cocktails and design elements inspired by Fox’s Nashville-based sister concept, Pushing Daisies.
Sam Fox’s Blanco Cocina + Cantina Joins Paradise Valley Mall Redevelopment
Rendering: Courtesy of RED Development

Sam Fox’s taco and tequila concept, Blanco Cocina + Cantina, is set to join PV, the ambitious Paradise Valley Mall redevelopment project being led by local real estate company RED Development, sometime next year according to a press release from RED. 

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Blanco, a lively and vibrant, Sonoran-style Mexican restaurant, will be adjacent to PV’s three-acre central park and community gathering place, primely located in the heart of the mixed-use development. 

Meanwhile, the restaurant – which currently operates some 10 locations in six states – will debut an expanded dinner experience featuring favorites such as tacos on house-made corn tortillas and crave-able cheese crisps perfect for sharing alongside new, delectable steak and seafood mains. 

Likewise, the bar program will also be elevated, featuring cocktails and design elements inspired by Nashville-based sister concept, Pushing Daisies, Fox’s first-ever bar serving up one-of-a-kind margaritas and an extensive menu of agave-based spirits.

Fox, the president of Fox Restaurant Concepts, will also be opening another iteration of local favorite Flower Child to the development, and said in a press release, “Bringing Blanco and Flower Child to such an iconic location felt like a natural fit. With Blanco being the center beacon around the park, launching the restaurant’s new dining experience here was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.” 

Fox went on to add, “It’s an honor to be a part of this vibrant transformation and we can’t wait to share our concepts with the community, we know both will become staples at PV.”

Mike Ebert, a managing partner with RED Development, echoed the sentiment, saying, “PV is not just about revitalizing the former Paradise Valley Mall, but creating a new destination that can be the core of the community.”

Blanco will join five other tenants that RED announced earlier today, including Flower Child, Sephora, Aveda, Wren House Brewing Co., and Frost Gelato.

At more than 100 acres and situated in the heart of one of the oldest and most affluent neighborhoods in metro Phoenix, PV is expected to become one of the Southwest’s most monumental mixed-use developments. 

The multi-phase, multi-year project will feature a mecca of dining, entertainment, and retail experiences along with a hotel. It will be surrounded by lush landscaping, linked open spaces, and expansive walk and bike paths, giving live-work-play a new meaning with luxury residential complexes and office campuses with sought-after amenities, including a four-story office building complete with rooftop amenities such as a tenant lounge, training center, and pickleball court.

This article was taken from a press release shared with What Now Phoenix. 

Drew Pittock

Drew Pittock is an independent contributor covering various markets across What Now's portfolio. He’s an avid record collector, amateur chef, compulsive estate sale shopper, and “Antiques Roadshow” binge watcher. Originally from Los Angeles, Drew now lives in El Paso, TX with his wife and their two cats.
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