When hockey player Devin Fremouw donned a jersey with the number 71 on it, he began seeing 71 everywhere he went. It became a sort of obsession for him, enough so that he married his wife Belinda on 7/1 at 7:01 p.m—the exact time, however, was an act of fate, as the ceremony started several minutes late. And so, when the husband-and-wife duo decided to open a bar and grill, they knew they'd incorporate those numbers into the name: 71 American Grille.
The restaurant combines a classic American grill that serves burgers, mac n' cheese, and smokey barbecue with an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and a sports bar, known respectively as Scoop @ 71 and Shots @ 71. All are housed in a single space with an expansive outdoor patio illuminated with globe lights and domesticated fireflies.
Nancy Fitzgerald, owner of The Tasting Room, knows the importance of being local–having grown up in the Phoenix area herself–and populates her eatery’s wine and beer lists with local Arizona tipples. Specializing in boutique and specialty wines and beers, she's also amassed a menu of more than 70 wines from across the United States, South America, and Europe that are complimented by more than 20 microbrews and a cider. Her chefs pair these libations with small plates of italian crostini and goat-cheese-stuffed bell peppers, and paninis topped with smoked and cured meats and eclectic cheeses. A variety of pre-arranged specialty cheese and meat plates are also available, or guests can create custom plates from a list of 18 different cheeses and 7 meats with which to impress a date or immediately see the benefits of a low-carb diet.