After months of being closed due to the pandemic, downtown Phoenix’s collection of shipping container businesses The Churchill is set to reopen. Only now, there’s a new store in the mix.
Stoop Kid, a “New York-style” bagel and coffee shop is set to open in the space that previously held Commander Hamburger, according to a news release.
Along with adding the new bagel shop, The Churchill’s owners have made a few other changes during the closure. Look out for a new mural, more socially distant seating arrangements and an expanded happy hour.
The entire collection of 10 small businesses are set to reopen to the public at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9.
Here’s what to know about Stoop Kid
Along with tacos, smoothies and pizza, customers at The Churchill will soon have another option for food.
The New York-inspired Stoop Kid counter will serve coffee all day along with a food menu of bagel sandwiches and burgers. At dinner, the menu will expand to include bar bites as well.
Stoop Kid is brought to life by owner Steven McMillen.
Kell Duncan, who co-owns The Churchill, says the new coffee and bagel shop will help round out the food options.
“We’ve never really had a specific breakfast place or coffee spot,” Duncan says. “So this kind of filled a hole.”
Also, as so many people work from home due to the pandemic, Duncan hopes all-day coffee and bagels will offer snacks for those who want to work from a table in the courtyard and give The Churchill more of an “all-day feel.”
Commander Hamburger is coming to The Churchill in downtown Phoenix. (Photo: Courtesy of Awe Collective)
Customers might recognize the Stoop Kid spot as the previous location of Commander Hamburger. Owner Andrew Fritz and chef Bernie Kantak opened Commander Hamburger in Oct. 2019 and closed it after just five months due in part to the impact of COVID-19.
Stoop Kid is set to take over the former burger counter just two months later.
“He was looking for a space downtown and already had the concept done,” Duncan says. “So it just ended up being perfect timing.”
Here’s what changes to expect at The Churchill
Customers returning to The Churchill might notice a few other tweaks.
The previously blank, gray back wall has been transformed into a giant roadrunner by local muralist Thomas Breeze Marcus and the painting is about 90% done, Duncan says. On Friday, while customers find their way back inside he Churchill, the Breeze Marcus will finish the mural live.
The Churchill’s 10 different businesses, which are Freak Brothers Pizza, Foxy Fruit Acai Bowls & Smoothie, Sauvage Bottle Shop, The Brill Line Beer & Spirits, Cosas, Gather, Provecho Comida de mi Tierra, State Forty Eight, and So Far, So Good, will open on Friday.
In efforts to keep employees and customers safe, social distancing, keeping crowds at less than 50% capacity, mask-wearing and sanitizing will be enforced, Duncan says.
Additional seating upstairs in a space previously reserved for private parties will also be open.
If the limited tables are all full, customers are encouraged to get takeout, Duncan says. Provecho, Freak Brothers Pizza, Foxy Fruit and Stoop Kid all have takeout windows that face the street so customers don’t even have to come inside. Both bars also serve to-go beverages.
Details: The Churchill, 901 N. First Street, Phoenix. thechurchillphx.com
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