Carefree Restaurant Association

Carefree, Arizona

Join us for Carefree Restaurant Week May 30th – June 5th!

 Carefree’s very own Restaurant Week happens twice per year.
Local carefree restaurants will offer exciting prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.

Specials for the week include 2 course lunch for $18, 3 course dinner for $35 or $45. (excludes alcohol)

Customers have an opportunity to sample new and exciting menu offerings and in doing so, continue to support their local restaurants.

From Latin cuisine or family-style Italian to modern American, soul food, high tea or simply a good old-fashioned burger, there is something to suit every palate.

Carefree Restaurant Association Members

Carefree Restaurant Assoc logo

Take a look at each of our Carefree Restaurants.  Each one offers a unique culinary experience.  You are bound to fall in love with Carefree cuisine.

Dine local and experience eating out “Carefree Style”

Participating Restaurants – Contact these restaurants for their Restaurant Week menu.

alberto ristorante

Fine Italian Cuisine

Address: 7171 E. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree

Phone: 480-488-5800

Website: AlbertoCarefreeAz.com

Alberto's Italian REstarant

Hours

Tuesday – Sunday
4:00 pm –  Close

CLOSED FOR SUMMER

Address: 121 Easy Street, Carefree

Phone: (480)618-0014

Website: AthensonEasy.com

athens on easy

black mountain coffee shop

Serving Full Service “Delicious” Breakfast  & Lunch All  Day!

Address:  7211 E. Ho Road # 23 Carefree, AZ 85377

Phone: 480-488-9261

Website: BlackMountainCafe.net/

HOURS

Open Daily 6:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brix Wines

Enter as strangers, leave as friends…

Address:  37636 N Tom Darlington Rd. Ste 1, Carefree, AZ 85377

Phone: 480-595-BRIX (2749)

Website: BrixWinesAZ.com

Civana Carefree

 Breakfast & Lunch – Incorporating clean whole foods 

Address: Civana Carefree – 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree

Phone: 480-653-9000

Website: Civanacarefree.com

Civana Carefree

Carefree Coffee Roastery logo“European Style” coffee shop

Experience superior coffee and tea served in a welcoming and relaxed environment

Address:  7171 E Cave Creek Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377

Phone:  480-595-5050

Website:  CarefreeCoffeeRoastery.com

Confluence

Cozy Bistro serving healthy options without sacrificing flavor

Address:  36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ 85377

Phone:  480-488-9796

Website: restaurantconfluence.com

 Tuesday through Saturday

Lunch ~ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner ~ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Visit our website for Chef’s Tasting Events

Corrado's Italian Restaurant

Traditional Italian with a touch from the South. Homemade pasta, Fish and daily specials

Address: 100 Easy St., Carefree

Phone: 480-306-7506

Website: CorradosAZ.com

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Happy Hour 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EVERY DAY

Authentic British tea room serving lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Address: 201 Easy Street # 103, Carefree

Open Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed Monday
Reservations are suggested.

Phone: 480-488-4812

CarefreeTea.com

English Rose Tea Room in Carefree

English Rose Tea Room

Join us for High Tea!

Giordanos

The best kept secret in Carefree!

Address: 7275 Easy St. Carefree, Arizona

Phone: 480-595-0233

Website: Giordanostrattoriaromana.com

Monday through Saturday
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Giordanos carefree restaurant week menu

Grind and Gears Carefree

Grind and Gears – New to Carefree!
A pit stop for all cycling enthusiasts – Hydration, Bike Parts & Maintenance

Address: 10 Easy Street, Carefree

Phone: 480-488-7981

Website: TheGrindandGears.com

Your BIKE SHOP, COFFEE SHOP, PIT STOP. We sell, rent, and repair bicycles, as well as stock accessories for you and your ride. Tours soon. We also serve local roast coffee, teas, espresso drinks, smoothies and snacks. Easy street and Cave Creek road access with seating outside on our patio, and plenty of racks for parking your bicycles. Everyone is welcome!

Keelers Neighborhood Steakhouse

Keelers Neighborhood Steakhouse

Address: 7212 East Ho Hum Road, Carefree

Phone: (602) 374-4784

Website: KeelersSteakHouse.com

HAPPY HOUR 7 days per week; 3 pm – 6 pm
DINNER Sunday – Saturday; 5 pm – 9 pm

Keelers Steakhouse

PIZZICATA IS THE FIRST PINSERIA ROMANA IN ARIZONA!

Address: 7252 Ho Road, Carefree (Spanish Village)

Phone: 480-488-2848

Website: PizzicataUSA.com

Pizzicata Carefree

Due to the extremely high quality of our flour, our unique cold working method, the high hydration and our closely watched 72 hour process of cold fermentation, Pinsa is more wholesome, digestible, low-calorie and lower fat than the classic pizza.

Pizzicata CArefree

Pizzafarros

The Best Family Pizza and Original Family Recipe Favorites

Address: 36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree

Phone: 480-488-0703

Raven's View

A refuge and an oasis. Beer pub and wine bar.

Address: 42016 N. Old Mine Rd, Cave Creek

Phone: 602 – 321-1510

Website: RavensViewWineBaraz.com

Spirit in the Desert Carefree

Spirit in the Desert … a Place for All People

Address: 7415 E. Elbow Bend

Phone: 480-488-5218

Website: Spiritinthedesert.org

Spirit in the Desert boasts a bright and spacious dining room with seating for up to 75 guests. Buffet meals can be tailored to group and individual preferences by our professional chef. Indoor and patio seating provide spectacular mountain views.

Spotted Donkey Cantina

Located at el Pedregal

Address: 34631 N Tom Darlington Dr, Carefree

Phone: 480-488-9009

Website: TheBoulders.com

Hours

 Sunday – Thursday 4PM – 9PM 
Friday & Saturday 4PM-10PM 

VOTED BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN THE GREATER PHOENIX AREA

The Spotted Donkey Cantina, at el Pedregal, is quickly earning a reputation as the place for Mexican cuisine in North Scottsdale. And with a tequila list boasting dozens of varieties (including our exclusive Herradura double-barrel Reposado Tequila), an innovative menu, and a large outdoor patio with scenic desert vistas, it’s really no surprise.

Civana Carefree

Delicious farm-to-table produce, grass-fed meats, sustainable seafood, and decadent desserts.

Address: Civana Carefree – 37220 N  Mule Train Rd, Carefree

Phone: 888-692-4343

Website:  Civanacarefree.com

Venues Cafe

Comfort Food with a Southwest Flair

Address: 34 Easy Street, Carefree

Phone: 480-595-9909

Website: VenuesCafe.com

venues carefree restaurant week 2022

Happy Hour EVERY DAY 3 pm – 6 pm

Sunday Brunch and Daily Happy Hour (Closed Sunday Evenings)

Happy Hour Daily 3pm – 6pm $3.Domestic bottled beers, $5 house wine and house made Sangria and $5 well drinks. Happy Hour food until 5 pm  Sunday Brunch runs from 10am – 3pm and features $15 Bottomless Mimosas or $8 Bloody Mary’s

Mike “Fish” Fisher of Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse was named the new head of the Carefree Restaurant Association.

Mike Fisher - Head of Carefree Restaurant Association

Carefree restaurateur Mike Fischer said he sees neighboring restaurants as allies, not competitors, and they can all thrive by helping each other. He is taking this community mindset to his new position as head of the Carefree Restaurant Association.

Fischer is experienced in the restaurant industry and management and has been the general manager of Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse since it opened in 2019. In addition, Keeler’s has been part of the Carefree Restaurant Association since it opened.

“Being a part of the Restaurant Association gives us as restaurateurs the ability to work together for common goals, share ideas and concepts, and help guide the direction of the future of the dining scene here,” Fischer said. “Carefree offers a very diverse dining scene, with everything from the casual to the upscale, all while holding on to the local ‘flavor’ of being in Arizona.”

This change in leadership comes after Jo Gemmill, owner of the English Rose Tea Room, stepped down from the position. She has served as head of the organization since it started five years ago.

“I decided it was time for a fresh face and some new leadership. … It just seemed like a natural progression to hand the reins over to someone else,” Gemmill said about her decision to step down. “I’m still a very active part of the Restaurant Association, but it’s good to change it up and have a different face for the organization every once in a while.”

Fischer said when Gemmill first approached him with the opportunity, he was honored that she trusted him to take the reins. They discussed the role, and Fischer said he was happy to accept.

“He has a lot of restaurant experience, he’s a very approachable guy and he’s known in our restaurant community,” Gemmill said. “He just seemed like a natural fit. I think he’ll continue to embrace the mission of the Restaurant Association, which is to make sure restaurants work together, that they have good communications and can market collectively.”

Fischer’s restaurant experience goes back to 1991, when he got a bartending job while he was in college. From there, he worked a variety of bartending and serving jobs and then ended up at Hard Rock Cafe, where he was eventually asked to start their management training program. From that point on, he had a heavier hand in the management side of things.

“I fell in love with the industry — the excitement of it and the energy of it,’ Fischer said. “I don’t think I could ever have a job where I sit behind a desk eight hours a day. I’d be bored to death. It’s being on my feet and getting to interact with people.”

Fischer said he was caught a little off guard by Gemmill’s proposal, so he doesn’t currently have any new plans for the Restaurant Association.

It’s no secret that the food industry has taken a hit over the past few years, even more so for local restaurants. So, Fischer said he wants to start out by just hearing what others have to say and doing his best to help everyone.

“My focus will be the things that are important to the other members of the association and what they want to accomplish,” he said. “For me, it’s just a way for the restaurants in Carefree to get together to discuss both the good and the bad. Especially right now with the way the job market is, you know, maybe there’s ways we can pull our resources and work together.”

The Carefree Restaurant Association was established five years ago to promote and support the town’s restaurants. Its mission is to create a collaborative group of restaurateurs that collectively promote themselves, each other and the town of Carefree. It is also known for hosting Carefree Restaurant Week twice a year.

The association currently has 18 members, and Fischer said they work as a team instead of seeing each other as competitors.

“I think by working together, we can all benefit,” he explained. “We’re all in the same industry, but we all offer different things as far as dining experiences and things like that. I think working together is more beneficial to us as opposed to fighting each other.”

Fischer said this is new territory, so he doesn’t know how long he will remain head of the association. He said it would be a few years at least, and he’d like to stay as long as he can be of help.

Article Published in the Foothills Focus

Our Featured Restaurant of the Month

Corrado's Italian Restaurant

Corrado’s Cucina Italiana

100 Easy Street, Carefree

DINNER:
TUESDAY – THURSDAY 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FRIDAY – SATURDAY 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SUNDAY 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reservations are strongly recommended!

Traditional Italian with a touch from the South. Homemade pasta, fish and daily specials.
Find Out More About Corrado’s

Past Featured Restaurants

Keelers Neighborhood Steakhouse

Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse

Find Out More About Keeler’s

carefree coffee Roastery

Carefree Coffee Roastery

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Athens on Easy Street

Athens on Easy Street

Find Out More About Athens on Easy Street

Venues Cafe

Venues Café

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A BIG thank you to Images Arizona for the article in the February Edition about our Carefree Restaurants.

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Serving Up Gratitude

Restaurants Owe Survival to Community’s Loyalty and Support

Of all the businesses affected by the pandemic this past year, restaurants have been left with the greatest challenges in adapting to the ever-changing world in which we now find ourselves.

Raven's View

Raven’s View

At the beginning of 2020, Carefree restaurants were full-swing into another great first quarter. Things looked optimistic for a busy high-season as owners continued with their plans for a successful year. Parties were booked, reservations were made and the phones kept ringing.

Everything changed on March 17, 2020. That day, members of Carefree Restaurant Association took the initiative to close their in-house dining as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of Arizona.  Within days, an executive order from Arizona’s governor formally locked down all in-house dining across the state and customers were advised to stay home.

Don Little of Black Mountain Coffee Company

Black Mountain Coffee & Cafe

With the mandatory closures, restaurant owners were left with the unprecedented challenge of figuring out how to operate a dining establishment in the midst of a pandemic. At first glance, it appeared to be an insurmountable task. However, our restaurant community has resilient, imaginative and innovative professionals who over the past year have proven that they were up to the challenge.

From offering groceries and essential items (including that elusive toilet paper); making crockpot dinners to-go and hosting tailgate parties in Raven’s View Wine Bar’s parking lot; enjoying drive-in breakfasts complete with roller-skating servers at Black Mountain Café; and partnering with delivery services to bring food directly to customers, everyone found a creative way to survive.

And Carefree’s family-owned restaurants have survived — a remarkable feat given that, according to the National Restaurant Association, more than 110,000 restaurants (or about 17% of the country’s total restaurants) have closed either permanently or long-term during the pandemic.

Our restaurants now offer new services they probably would never have considered before.

Alberto’s Ristorante

Curbside service became the new norm for many, as customers ordered and paid for meals ahead of time then pulled up to a designated parking space and waited in the safety of their own car while food was delivered to them. The town of Carefree was particularly helpful in spreading the word about curbside service throughout the community, printing custom signage for each restaurant to reserve designated parking spots for guests.

“We were seeing the effects of the Canadian border closure and really missing our Canadian customers,” says Alberto Liani, owner of Alberto Ristorante. “But, at the same time, our take-out business was up 60% as our locals found new ways to support us.”

One restaurateur even courageously debuted a brand-new dining establishment as Pomodoro — the sister restaurant to Pizzicata in Spanish Village — opened its doors in Cave Creek during the pandemic.

 Nonetheless, 2020 was an emotional rollercoaster. Restaurant owners had to become medical technicians (taking temperatures), face mask enforcers and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts alongside ever-changing day-to-day responsibilities — which included being the busser, the server, the bartender, the barista, the line cook and the dishwasher.

Everyone needed to be flexible in order to keep their doors open.

Reductions in manpower, services and allowed capacity in dining rooms had a direct impact on staff, too. Paul Keeler of Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse recalls the kindness and generosity of guests during the worst months of last year.

Keeler's Neighborhood Steak

Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse

“One customer left a $400 gratuity for staff on a check for $25,” he says. “Another ‘paid it forward’ and, on two separate occasions during our happy hour, bought drinks for all seated at our ‘socially distanced’ bar. This then continued throughout the evening with random acts of kindness as guests bought drinks for others.”

There were brighter days amongst the gloom. Adele Giordano of Giordano’s Trattoria Romana recalls a moment in the fall during which a young couple who had come to the restaurant for their first date came back for dinner during the pandemic.

“At one point in the evening, the man got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend,” Giordano says. “The entire restaurant was clapping and cheering as the couple danced to our music. It was very emotional.”

Carefree’s restaurant owners all agree on one thing — it is the continued loyalty and support from customers that has lifted up spirits and kept restaurants going throughout the pandemic. The businesses have risen to the challenge but it is the community that has given them the confidence and commitment to continue through adversity.

Jo Gemmil of the English Rose Tea Room

English Rose Tea Room

At the English Rose Tea Room, phone calls came daily during the lockdown from customers who were just wanting to check in and make sure everyone was doing OK and promising to return as soon as dine-in service was allowed.

Catherine Marr, owner of Venues Café, says some customers now come by three times a week just to dine on her newly extended outdoor patio where they feel “comfortable and safe.”

Despite the challenges, a number of restaurateurs even participated in the Carefree Restaurant Week last fall, during which special menus were prepared for two-course lunches and three- or four-course dinners. These options were made available for both curbside pick-up and in-house dining.

Unlike the early days of April when it was rare to know someone with COVID-19, many people now unfortunately know first-hand the impact of the virus on their friends, family members or work colleagues.

So it is with hope and optimism that we look forward to 2021.

Corrado Italian

Corrado’s Cucina Italiana

A new year brings another new restaurant to Carefree. Athens on Easy Street — a Greek-inspired restaurant owned and operated by Augie Athenson and his family — offers the community a menu that includes typical Greek fare such as spanakopita, moussaka, souvlaki and of course gyros.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Carefree Restaurant Week slated for the spring and a new Art and Foodie Stampede event in April, there is no better time to discover the culinary delights of your own neighborhood.

On behalf of everyone at Carefree Restaurant Association, thank you for your continued patronage. We look forward to serving you in the future.

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