By Gabby Richman / Photos courtesy of The Porch
The Porch. Just by the name, it’s easy to tell what kind of vibe that the owners were going for – a relaxed yet social environment; a place to catch up with friends and family, take it easy and hang out in casual setting.
“You never want to over think the name, we wanted to keep it simple, to the point,” explains Eric Burdick, operating partner of The Porch.
The gastropub made its way onto the scene for its soft opening Thanksgiving Eve of last year, known to locals as one of the biggest bar nights of the year. The Porch is part of Royale Jelly Hospitality Group – which also owns Old Town, Scottsdale favorite, Bevvy. The Porch is what Burdick calls the “more grown-up version of Bevvy,” and says that Arcadia was the obvious area for the location.
“Arcadia, what is not to like?” Burdick says about their reasoning of expanding to the neighborhood. “The area is thriving, families and young professionals yearned for a new hangout spot to relax and unwind to some yummy food and drink.”
The midcentury modern design and retro style is apparent from the moment you pull up and see the large red, diner-like sign. The space gives off an industrial vibe equipped with garage doors, interesting light fixtures and an open ceiling where beams and air ducts are visible. Statement pops such as printed title, yellow tufted booths, and red accents fill the space.
“The inside has a 1950s diner feel mixed with a 1970s recreation room look,” Burdick explains.
The inside is anchored by a giant bar and over 30 TVs for sports fans, and the outdoor patio is truly what the neighborhood is all about. A game lover’s dream, the space is filled with ping pong, giant Connect Four and Jenga, shuffleboard, ring on a string, cornhole and more. There is also plenty of comfortable seating including retro chairs, farm tables and a swing that makes you feel like you’re having a party in your own backyard.
“Our mission is to throw the best housewarming party over and over again, every single day that we are open for business. We are the hosts and we will make sure our guests will have satisfaction.”
The Porch offers an extensive cocktail menu, large beer selection with 16 taps and a plethora of bottled beer, and a food menu that caters to everyone – even the brunch bunch. Some early cocktail standouts include the Big Trouble in Little Shanghai, My Ex Wife’s Secret, and the Jungle Juice. The menu is comprised of popular dishes that The Porch has put its own creative spin on, both in presentation and in flavor.
The spot offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:15 p.m. (Yep, you read that right – 6:15 p.m.), with deals on cocktails, appetizers and entrees, beer and wine ranging from $4 to $8.
“We last 15 minutes longer than the rest,” Burdick exclaims.
The Porch is open from Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
4017 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.583.7938; www.porcharcadia.com.