Days after it marked its one-year anniversary in St. Philip’s Plaza, Bodega Kitchen & Wine closed on Feb. 23.
A week later, Amalour Lounge took its place in the 95-seat restaurant that was once home to another short-lived restaurant, Liv Cafe and Bistro.
Amalour, owned by the Selby family, opened Monday, serving a new American menu that crosses several continents, said General Manager Katie Jo Willis. There’s Italian influences in the five varieties of bruschetta on the small plates menu, a dry-rubbed all-American New York steak — which at $32 is the most expensive item on the menu — skewers and a trio of fritters. Small plates run $6 to $12.
Willis said Amalour sources as much as it can locally, including working with its St. Philip’s neighbors: it offers Flying Leap Vineyards wine, uses Alfonso’s Olive Oils and Vinegars in its dishes and shops weekly the St. Philip’s farmers market.
“We are sourcing as much as we can local, fresh,” she said.
Amalour also has Dragoon and Barrio beers on tap, as well as a couple other Arizona breweries.
The restaurant, 4340 N. Campbell Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and until 9 p.m. Sundays. A grand opening is planned for March 20