Part of what makes recycling so amazing is that it allows us to give items a new purpose without letting them go to waste. The idea of repurposing can be applied to almost anything—even residential homes. Here, a diverse selection of former houses have found new life and been reimagined as locales for delicious restaurants in the Valley area.
Originally designed by chewing gum personality William Wrigley Jr. as a gift to his wife Ada, Wrigley Mansion incorporates Spanish architecture and a magnificent view of the mountains and city. Today the home, which can be toured, also houses Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge, Jamie’s Wine Bar, Sunday Brunch, and opening this month, Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion. Whether you dine in or order catering, you’ll see—and taste—how they earned awards from Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, as well as other organizations. Julie Wrigley has donated $50 million to Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.
2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix; www.wrigleymansion.com
The Farish House
Located in the center of downtown Phoenix, the historic, turn-of-the-century William A. Farish house is now a restaurant. In the mood to relax with a hearty meal? This cozy, comfortable bistro offers a selection of soups, salads, appetizers, dinners, desserts, cocktails, and spirits. The owner aspires to use food efficiently, feeding extra scraps to her backyard tortoises.
816 N. 3rd St., Phoenix; www.farishhouse.com
House of Tricks
Named after the owners, Robert and Robin Trick, this restaurant is located near Arizona State University’s campus, and is set in a 1920s cottage. While the original location opened in 1987, the couple expanded in 1994, purchasing the historically recognized adobe brick structure built in 1903 that was next door. House of Tricks is open for dinner only, and offers menu selections such as Seared Foie Gras, Red Argentine Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, and Blueberry Cobbler. The owners have a strong presence in the community, supporting various nonprofits in the Valley. They also source many ingredients locally.
114 E. 7th St., Tempe; www.houseoftricks.com
Located in the historic Coronado district in what was formerly a home, this vegan restaurant embraces flavor and variety—think cauliflower wraps with buffalo sauce or breakfast tostadas with avocado and tofu scramble. The menu boasts a diverse array of food, including breakfasts, tacos, burgers, burritos, salads, pastries, coffee, and locally sourced spirits. Enjoy your meal along with a furry friend—The Coronado has a dog-friendly patio.
2201 N 7th St., Phoenix; www.thecoronadophx.com