The area around the intersection of 16th Street & Bethany Home Road has REALLY taken off! The old shopping center on the southwest corner is now almost full, with at least FIVE (and one more planned) eating option. Right now there's a yogurt shop next to the Phoenix City Grille, the long-standing Pizza Hut, the (relatively) new Zipps Sports Bar, and the long-standing Taco Bell ( I know, I know), and another Tex-Mex joint is supposed to be going in where the Chevron station was, right on the corner.
On the northwest corner there is now a cupcake bakery, the Garage (a sort of yuppie sports bar), Dick's Hideaway, and C.J.'s Talley's Pub (go to Talley's on Thursday nights for their special!). Just north of that there is the long-standing Golden Phoenix Chinese restaurant, and the Asahi (Japanese) bakery.
On the northeast corner is the long-standing Tex-AZ Grill, and the relatively new Vig Uptown is just north of that.
On the southeast corner is the long-standing Starbucks, and the Swizzle Inn bar.
The only thing this intersection doesn't have is an entertainment venue? (Any offers out there???) Even some sort of live music in any of the existing spaces would draw a huge crowd.
Farther away, just north on 16th Street, of course, is the Rokerij, with Richardsons opening SOON, we hope. Just north of Maryland Street, on the west side, are the 16th Street Sports Bar and the Europa Polish Bakery/Deli.
This area is GREAT! Come look, see, taste, drink!
Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant