Four New Restaurants Open in Advance of Record Attendance at Westgate Entertainment District

Westgate Entertainment District Jan. 19, 2015

The dining scene at Westgate Entertainment District now has even more to offer with the opening of four new restaurants: Fractured Prune, Hot N Juicy Crawfish, OPA Life Greek Café and Crave Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches.

In two weeks, tens of thousands of people will descend on Westgate Entertainment District during the 2015 Pro Bowl, Super Bowl XLIX and Westgate’s own Super Music Series, a five-day free concert series leading up to Super Bowl. Beginning Wednesday. Jan. 28 and continuing through Super Bowl Sunday, Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza will transform into an outdoor concert venue with local and national bands hitting the stage. Each day will feature a different music genre, from classic rock and electronic dance music to country and ’80s hits. This is the Valley’s only free Super Bowl event.

“The restaurant offering at Westgate has never been more exciting or more diverse,” said David Sotolov, senior vice president of iStar Financial, owner of Westgate Entertainment District. “Football fanatics, music fans, families and those who just want to get in on the action will be coming from all over Arizona and the country to enjoy what Westgate has to offer. We’re proud to show off how significantly things have changed at Westgate in the last few years.”

These new additions to Westgate’s tenant mix bring the total number of new retail and office leases signed by owner iStar Financial to 20 since the company acquired Westgate Entertainment District. Located in Glendale, Westgate Entertainment District is the premier entertainment destination of the West Valley and a place where people come together for dining, nightlife, shopping, community events, business, concerts, sporting events and celebrations of all kinds. Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with a dancing water fountain and jumping fountains for kids, Westgate delivers an interactive experience day or night. Located just east of the Loop 101 on Glendale Avenue, it encompasses more than 20 restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues.

Fractured Prune opened a 1,463-square-foot location last week next to AMC Theatres, which is the third Valley location. Founded in 1976 in Ocean City, Md., the doughnut specialty shop garners crowds of doughnut lovers who line up in the early morning around the block in anticipation of tasting their own creation. Cake doughnuts are served hot and crispy on the outside and light and moist on the inside. Customers can custom-make their own doughnuts by choosing from more than 20 glazes, such as maple, mixed berry or caramel, and more than a dozen toppings. There are also pre-designed topping variations to choose from, like Cookies and Cream, S’more and Strawberry Shortcake.

Hot N Juicy Crawfish is opening this Friday, serving crawfish and other seafood favorites like oysters, Dungeness crab, Blue crab, King crab, snow crab legs, lobster, clams and shrimp.  The restaurant company has eight popular restaurants,with locations in California; Nevada; Florida; and Washington,DC. The 3,926-square-foot Glendale restaurant will be the second Arizona location.

Crave Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, opening this week next to Johnny Rockets, is a new gourmet Belgian waffle restaurant unlike anything in the Valley, from the owner of Razzleberriez Frozen Yogurt. Crave serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert and has a variety of savory and sweet waffle combinations that include waffle sandwiches, salads, sweet waffle desserts and shakes.

OPA Life Greek Café, a Greek restaurant with a full-line coffee bar, is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 2,501 -quare-foot restaurant has a large patio overlooking Fountain Park in front of AMC. The newly launched brand, established by experienced restaurateurs, brings the liveliness of Greek culture and combines it with the flavors of the Mediterranean within an affordable dining experience.

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