Khla cocktail bar mixes Asian flavors, Thai snacks in downtown Phoenix

From the soft sweetness of pandan to the earthy pungence of turmeric, Southeast Asian flavors shine at Khla, a new downtown Phoenix cocktail bar in Roosevelt Row.

“Knowing myself, I’m always going to put my culture on the map whenever I have the opportunity to do so,” said Tyka Chheng, co-owner of the bar, which shares space with newly opened Thai restaurant Lom Wong.

Khla, which means tiger in Khmer, is the latest project from Chheng, Colton Brock and John Sagasta, the team behind Baby Boy, a cocktail caravan parked nearby at the Pemberton. Chheng and Brock honed their bartending skills at restaurants around the Valley and Sagasta, a fixture in the downtown Phoenix dining scene, is the owner of Jobot Coffee & Bar.

From left: Colton Brock, Tyka Chheng and John Sagasta. The trio have partnered to bring Baby Boy, a cocktail camper, to downtown Phoenix.

Chheng moved to Phoenix in 2013 to cook at restaurants, but said he became disillusioned with the ego-driven kitchens of high-end restaurants. He became interested in

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Where to find food downtown (without having to go outside)

Des Moines’ skywalk spans more than four miles across the city center.If you’re visiting, working or staying downtown, it’s good to know that just about whatever kind of food you’re looking for is within a pleasant stroll.

Here’s a guide to what’s available.

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Where to grab a bite in the skywalk

You can find all of these locations by using this map .

Templeton Distillery at The Fort

Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd St., Des Moines; (515) 564-8000

Appetizers, sandwiches, burgers. Full bar and Templeton Rye cocktails.

Hours: Open 90 minutes prior to, and during, most concerts and sporting events

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The Daily Grind

Iowa Events Center; 730 Third St., Des Moines; (515) 564-8000

Coffee, beverages, bakery items

Hours: Open during select events

Hilton Des Moines Downtown,

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New Chinese dumpling house to open in downtown Bellevue

Dough Zone menu to feature soup dumplings and pan-fried wontons.

Dough Zone Dumpling House is set to open a new flagship restaurant in Downtown Bellevue this Friday (Feb. 26).

The new restaurant at 1299 156th Ave NE in suite 150, will feature traditional Chinese buns and dumplings.

The menu includes Xiao Long Bao, also known as soup dumplings, which are filled with a jellied meat stock that liquifies into a broth when steamed, as well as pork-filled pan-fried buns known as Q-Bao, prepared with a crispy-crunchy bottom and a soft fluffy top.

Dough Zone will also serve both traditional boiled wontons as well as their crunchy pan fried wontons, paired with a chili sauce or a spicy garlic sauce.

The original Dough Zone Dumpling House was established in Seattle in 2014, and was intended to bring the traditional Chinese soul food into a modern setting.

In consideration of how we

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Bank of Italy is key part of downtown San Jose plan

SAN JOSE — The Bank of Italy historic tower in downtown San Jose is slated for more than an eye-catching renovation: The iconic high rise could become an office, cultural, retail, and food hub under a revamp that a development alliance has proposed.

Global development powerhouse Westbank has teamed up with local developer Gary Dillabough to launch a wide-ranging venture that would usher in a dramatic makeover of downtown San Jose, and the Bank of Italy tower is one of the early efforts in the endeavor.

“The Bank of Italy is an amazing building,” said Andrew Jacobson, head of development for Westbank’s San Jose initiative. “The historic characteristics are unlike anything you will see.”

Street-level view of Bank of Italy office and retail tower, looking north along South First Street in downtown San Jose, with exterior staircase and entrance to Fountain Alley visible, concept. Bjarke Ingels Group / Westbank


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