For over the past 20 years, we’ve celebrated the Valley’s best. From the top businesses and professionals to the people who make it all happen, Arizona Foothills Magazine’s annual Best of Our Valley contest recognizes Arizona’s crème de la crème across more than 400 categories. From the best doctors and best resort down to the best cup of coffee you can find around town, each Best of titleholder is chosen by those who know the city best – our readers.
Each week, we’ll be highlighting individual winners from Best of Our Valley 2019, who share their advice, insights and thoughts on what it means to be a part of this exclusive list. Winners will be featured in the April 2019 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.
The Best of spotlight is on Rott n’ Grapes RoRo who claimed Best New Restaurant, Most Fun Lunch Spot and Most Amazing Restaurant Interior. Congrats, Rott n’ Grapes RoRo!
AFM: In a brief 2-3 sentences, please tell us a little bit about Rott n’ Grapes RoRo —
Rott n’ Grapes RoRo: As local, small business owners we started Rott n’ Grapes as a small bistro in Uptown Phoenix in 2016. We captured the hearts of local dog and wine lovers and wanted to extend that love to the growing downtown Roosevelt community. Great wine, beer and cocktails are accompaniments to great food and service, so we expanded our concept with a unique 3-level venue with a mezzanine and basement lounge that offers a diverse menu.
AFM: What does it mean to you to be a Best of Our Valley winner?
Rott n’ Grapes RoRo: It’s an honor to be recognized by our community and makes us feel like we’re doing all the right things to bring quality food and a fun experience to local Phoenicians and visitors of the valley.
AFM: What’s your favorite part about being the Best of Our Valley’s New Restaurant, Most Fun Lunch Spot and Most Amazing Restaurant Interior?
Rott n’ Grapes RoRo: Any business owner loves recognition for their hard work and we are particularly appreciative. Serving more and more of our locals and those visiting Phoenix, and then seeing them as repeat customers serves as confirmation of our efforts. Being recognized as the Best New Restaurant is probably the most honorable achievement of the three!
AFM: Have you seen any benefits as a result of being a BOOV winner?
Rott n’ Grapes RoRo: With so many new restaurants sprouting up, we believe the announcement of Rott n’ Grapes RoRo as “Best New Restaurant” has encouraged much-deserved attention. Having been open only 5 months, we are seeing more reservations for groups of 2 and up to 50+ wanting to celebrate special occasions with us. Our high ratings continue to soar and we gain new and repeat customers every week.
AFM: How do you put your “best” foot forward every day?
Rott n’ Grapes RoRo: When you express a passion for what you do and make it fun for everyone around you – that enthusiasm becomes infectious to your staff and the patrons. Understanding we’re in the “people business” and without them we’re not in existence – that’s a formula for success.