The Main Ingredient

It’s a changing of the guard of Phoenix proportions.

A good sign this morning

Lisa G’s Cafe and Wine Bar closed abruptly on Halloween, with owner Lisa Giungo citing a surprise offer on the place, and a much needed break, as the reason she closed the quaint, clean place so many of us loved. But that’s not to take away from the excitement of Matt Diamond starting his own place, simply called “The Main Ingredient,” he plans to focus on the craft-beer crowd and have approachable – but delicious – eats.

Matt’s track record is quite successful around town, with experience from Cowboy Ciao and Postino, but this is something entirely new. We’re excited to see his changes to the interior, which I suspect will be a little more cozy, and to taste his hand-picked brews.

The sign going up this morning is hope that it will open soon. We’ll be one of the first people in line, so check back for details.

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2 responses to “The Main Ingredient

  1. As a neighbor to this establishment and a Coronado neighborhood residents, I was sad to see Lisa go and was lucky enought to have a final glass of wine on Halloween night with her to say goodbye.

    I also chatted with Matt on Sunday night at our monthly 7th Street stroll and saw the interior (yes very clean lines and some great furniture he bought right across the street at a resale consignment shop – Peaceful Soul). We even sample some snacks the Chef was working on in the kitchen that night – They are NOT open, but he welcomed the neighborhood folks on his patio to sample some sonoran brehouse ales.

    Welcome Matt and The Main Ingredient to the ‘Nabe! We wlecome you with open arms!

    Doreen aka the Garden Goddess

  2. Will send this one to my BF and his buddies for their annual Pub Run this month. They need to add it to the list–definitely. If it’s open…