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Lovecraft ale house opens in northeast Phoenix with blend of New Mexico spice, Texas smoke

Lovecraft is a recently opened ale house at 32nd Street and Cactus Road. (Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Golden)

The creators of 32 Shea, a trendy coffee/wine bar and bistro in northeast Phoenix, are back with a new eating-and-drinking concept about a mile away. Lovecraft, recently opened at 32nd Street and Cactus Road, is billed as an ale house, bottle shop and smoke kitchen.

“Ale house,” of course, means beer — more than 100 craft brews along with ciders and wine (total taps: 31). “Bottle house” means you can buy booze to take home. And “smoke kitchen” hints at the menu, which combines Texas-style barbecue with the spicy cuisine of New Mexico.

“A lot of the ale houses I’ve been to don’t serve food, so we didn’t want people to get up and leave,” said Rebecca Golden, a former website developer who opened 32 Shea in 2011 with partner Ryan Castillo and sold the place in 2017.

“I saw this building for lease,” she said. “The business before that and about 20 before that all failed in this building, and I saw an opportunity to open something different in this neighborhood.”

Lovecraft, recently opened in northeast Phoenix, is an ale house serving New Mexican tapas topped with Texas-style smoked meat.

Lovecraft, recently opened in northeast Phoenix, is an ale house serving New Mexican tapas topped with Texas-style smoked meat. (Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Golden)

With 2,600 square feet, Lovecraft (3128 E. Cactus Road) seats about 100 guests. The décor mixes modern with Baroque and Victorian touches, and in addition to the usual TV screens, entertainment options include a gaming area with ping-pong, foosball and board games.

The menu features tapas — street tacos ($3.50-$4.25), stacked enchiladas ($8.50-$10) and mini Hawaiian sweet buns (same range as the tacos) — in a variety of styles and a choice of four proteins from the smoker: chopped brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and mushrooms for the vegetarian set. Starters include $3 white mac and cheese, and smoked jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and topped with Texas barbecue sauce.

While researching the concept, Golden visited Smoke, a Texas-style barbecue spot in, of all places, Great Falls, Montana.

“I learned how to smoke, and I decided that New Mexican-style food would pair perfectly with smoked meats,” she said.

Hours are 3-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 3-11 p.m. Sundays. Golden said she plans to add a lunch menu and happy hour by summer.

Lengel, Kerry. “Lovecraft ale house opens in northeast Phoenix with blend of New Mexico spice, Texas smoke” Arizona Republic, February 15, 2019.


Another New Drinkery and Eatery Opening in the Neighborhood


Area revitalizing continues down the 32nd Street corridor with a new ale house, bottle shop and smoke kitchen opening on the NWC of 32nd Street and Cactus. Lovecraft will open this month offering 25 taps of craft beer, wine and cider, along with a 2-go bottle shop and smoked kitchen.

Rebecca Golden, former owner of 32 Shea, and her partner Ryan Castillo couldn’t wait to get back into the “neighBEERhood”, but this time with hopes of revitalizing another great intersection along the 32nd Street corridor. “We love this brick building (formerly the Smoke House Grill) and could see great potential here”, says Golden. We realize it hasn’t been successful in quite some time, so we put a lot of thought about what it needed. First thing on the list was a facelift. Removing the arches and modernizing the front not only shows the community there is change going on, it also encourages neighboring businesses to do the same. There are so many great neighborhoods in this area with so little choices, so we wanted to give the community a gathering place where they can hang out, play some ping-pong, watch sporting events and enjoy great food and drinks.”

As far as the menu, “I was born and raised in New Mexico and I cannot deny that influence in everything I do, like eating everything with fresh jalapeños. It made sense to make a menu I’d love by combining two great cuisines, slow-cooked smoked meats (since we inherited the smoker from the last joint) and amazing New Mexico cuisine,” stated Golden. “After all, when you eat something spicy you need to wash it down with something and what’s better than delicious craft beer?” Though, Golden did hesitate to call Lovecraft a restaurant, “We really are a craft beer bar that serves food, rather than a full restaurant. This will give us flexibility to grow the menu slowly without all the expectations that come with restaurant life.”

Lovecraft plans on having weekly events that support the community such as open-mic night, live local bands, ping pong tournaments, craft art nights hosted by their neighbors Craft Nights, pop-up dinners with local Chefs, community bingo and events sponsoring local breweries.

One thing Golden was adamant about was the need to support all local businesses. “When people put their lives on the line to open a business, they need community support. After all, if we do good the neighborhood does good and property values increase. Look at what Postino’s did for Arcadia! Small businesses don’t have the resources like franchises do, so setting expectations that things will be perfect is extremely hard for a small business to accomplish. We don’t have executive boards and investors to run our ideas through, we make the best decisions with the resources we have. With that said, if there is an issue talk to the owner or manager before you go to Yelp or review sites. I know I’d prefer to hear it in-person or get an email first before reading it online.”




Build out of a flagship roastery for Press Coffee in the 32nd and Shea neighborhood of North Phoenix is underway. Owners Jason Kyle, Steve Kraus, Tram Mai and Alex Mason donned hard hats and shovels last week to officially break ground on construction at the site.

The 5,600 sqft facility at 10443 N. 32nd St. will be a full production site for Press Coffee’s whole bean roasting operations. It will also be open to the public with a fully functioning café serving drinks and food with plenty of meeting space. Expected completion of the $3.5 million project is Spring 2019.

The Construction Zone, LTD is serving as the general contractor, architect and designer. The modern design of the flagship roastery will showcase and educate the public about specialty coffee with viewing areas of the roasting rooms and space for Press’ Coffee 101 tastings.

Press has been Arizona’s own local coffee roaster since 2008. It has nine Valley locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix and Chandler. Visit Press Coffee online at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @presscoffee.





City of Phoenix Water Services Department: Proposed Water Rate Increase


  • The City of Phoenix Water Services Department is recommending a 6% percent water rate increase in 2019 and a 6% water rate increase for 2020.
    • There is no proposed sewer rate increase.
  • This rate roughly translates into a monthly increase of $2.35 in 2019 and an additional monthly increase of $2.29 in 2020 for the average residential water customer.
  • The City of Phoenix cares about the affordability of its water for those that are economically disadvantaged.  Phoenix water rates contain a generous “allowance” of water that is included each month in the fixed charge.  For those that keep their water consumption within this allowance, average monthly bills will increase by only approximately $1 per month in 2019 and by an additional 75¢ per month in 2020.  Phoenix water bills rank as among the most affordable in the country.*
  • These recommendations will go to the Phoenix City Council for a vote on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. If approved, the rates will go into effect February 4, 2019.

Why is the Water Services Department recommending this rate increase?

Drought & Shortage on the Colorado River:

  • With shortages looming on the Colorado River, we must build the infrastructure needed to pump and move alternative water supplies to portions of our distribution system normally served with Colorado River water.

Rehabilitation & Replacement of Aging Infrastructure

  • Although people think of Phoenix as a young city, its water utility has been in operation for more than 110 years. Our water infrastructure is aging, with some pipes as old as 100 years, still servicing residents. Our water infrastructure consists of:
    • 7,000 miles of water pipelines and 450,000 service lines
    • 5 large surface water treatment plants
    • 160,000 valves
    • Hundreds of pump stations, wells, tanks, and reservoirs
    • 50,000 fire hydrants.
  • To ensure reliable deliveries of clean, safe water to our community, we must continue to invest in the replacement and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure.

How can Phoenix residents find out more information about the proposed rate increase?

  • In October and November, Phoenix Water will be hosting several open houses to provide information and garner comments from public. City staff will be on hand at the open houses to provide information on the city’s rate setting process, including how the department will use these additional funds.
  • Interested residents can get details on how to sign up for the open houses by either visiting and clicking on the tab “Water Rates” or emailing

Now Open @ 32nd Street and Shea: Gelato Spot Wood Fired Pizzeria & Dessert Lounge

Opening day for the new Gelato Spot Wood Fired Pizzeria & Dessert Lounge was yesterday, Wednesday September 26th, and the house was packed!

They are located on the NW corner of Shea & 32nd Street where the Chinese restaurant used to be, it has been remodeled and now includes lovely patio seating.
Here’s some background about The Gelato Spot:
There are many works you could use to describe what we do, but one is more important to us than any other: Authentic. It all started with gelato, which meant going straight to the original source, so that’s exactly what we did. We went to Northern Itals and met with gelato masters who had been developing their craft for generations, some for more than 200 years. We built relationships and partnerships that gave us the ability to offer some of the finest and oldest gelato ingredients available in Italy.

When we brought that knowledge home, we empowered the classical North Italian techniques with modern technology to make gelato that was consistently perfect in every batch. If we don’t’ import it directly from Italy, we make it ourselves to ensure that we offer a level of quality that can’t be matched by anyone else, anywhere in the United States.

Gelato was just the beginning. We’ve brought the philosophy that made our company a success to our pizzas and other fine foods. We still focus on making food based on strict old-world standards with the freshest ingredients and most-exclusive imports. We hope that you’ll come in to experience our food today. It would be our pleasure to show you what our dedication means to your dining experience.