As more revitalization is taking place along the North 32nd corridor, Lovecraft, an ale house, bottle shop and New Mexican smoke kitchen, is raising the roof with the first rooftop patio in the area.
Knowing that they would eventually build a patio for future expansion, it wasn’t until a fateful day when owners Rebecca Golden and Ryan Castillo were on the roof fixing things that they looked around and saw the 360° views of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
“It was around sunset when we saw the incredible sunset reflecting off the mountains from the roofline and, at that moment, we knew that we had to go up on the rooftop for the patio,” says owner Rebecca Golden.
It’s taken about a year for variances and permits to be approved, but on October 12, the construction started.
“We are open during construction,” says Golden. “We know it’s a little messy, but being a locally-owned business trying to survive this crazy year with all things COVID, we have to stay open. It’s pretty cool though—entering through the backdoor makes it feel like a speakeasy entrance.”
Since opening almost two years ago, we listened to comments and Lovecraft has made a lot of changes, according to Golden. They have expanded their food menu into a full dinner menu serving New Mexican cuisine combined with Texas-style smoked meats and some BBQ dishes, including smoked prime rib offered Fridays and Saturdays. In April, they received their liquor license and have a full bar along with 130 craft beers, wine, mead, and cider.
“To-go craft beer sales are off the charts because the Lovecraft bottle shop offers many unique beers that are new to the Phoenix market and hard to find at retail stores,” Golden explains. “People can literally pop in on their way home from work and buy some beers just like a store. It’s quick and easy.”
The patio will be full service, including dinner and cocktails and weekly entertainment. It is scheduled to be complete by early 2021. Lovecraft is currently hiring kitchen and front of house staff for the expansion and prospective employees can apply in-person Tuesday through Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Learn more by visiting LovecraftPHX.com or calling 602-237-5046. Lovecraft is located at 3128 E. Cactus Road.