First it was healthy fruit smoothies at Xoom Juice.

Then Ari Shapiro made the leap to craft coffee and sandwiches at his downtown Sparkroot coffee shop.

Last February he opened his Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant Falora in Broadway Village, and to some observers it seemed a logical conclusion to tie together all of Shapiro’s culinary adventures.

But Shapiro is hardly finished.

His next move: Sidecar, a craft-cocktail and beer bar he plans to open in March in a 900-square-foot space a few doors down from Falora, 3000 E. Broadway.

“I like small spaces, and I like focused concepts, and Sidecar certainly fits into both of those realms neatly,” Shapiro said Tuesday as his plans for Sidecar came into clear focus. “This is going to be the kind of place where you can go and get a $10, really nice, made-from-scratch cocktail or you can get a really nice $6 gin and tonic.”

Sidecar follows the Shapiro model of filling small spaces with big ideas. It will focus primarily on craft cocktails and spirits, with some attention paid to wines and craft beer, which will be served in the bottle or on tap.

Shapiro said he hopes to be ready to open Sidecar in March after he renovates the space. The bar will be able to seat 40 inside and another 12 to 15 people on the outside patio.

“If you notice a trend at my places it’s that I kind of prefer to drill down and do simple things with as great quality I can and still offer it at a great price point,” he said.

“There is nothing quite like this (in the area) ... to have a classy meet-up with someone whether it’s a date or a business meeting. There is nothing really like this, charming and classy.”

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.