An exciting and unexpected new edition to the downtown art-gazing lineup is SquidInk Sushi, located near Chase Field and right across the street from CityScape. SquidInk started on the Northside, up at Happy Valley Road, but the demand and popularity quickly suggested that a downtown Phoenix location might be in the works. The new location, conveniently situated near lightrail, has a comfortable outdoor bar, misters and big-screen televisions. But masterfully crafted into the interior seating areas are plenty of wall space for paintings and other visuals. In Japanese culture, sushi in itself is an art—a culmination of expert raw fish, beds of sweet rice and delectable dry seaweed, finely arranged, rolled and sliced by well-trained craftsman. At SquidInk, there is a rounded sushi bar where patrons can sit, and observe the resident “artists” at work. Manager of Marketing Abby Queal says that SquidInk plans to cycle through plenty of local artists in the coming months. “Every month we feature a new artist,” Queal says. “This month’s show is a collaboration between Jesse Perry and Carlos Rivas.” The art on the walls right now is, appropriately images of aquatic life and Japanesethemed paintings. One of their main attractions is a collection of eye-catching mural work by Justin Queal, another local artist who is set to have an opening party at SquidInk in the coming months.
2 E. Jefferson St., Suite 108