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Tucson mixologist DeFeo launching cocktail lounge in Phoenix
by Cathalena E. Burch | January 5, 2018 | tucson.com
PHOTO COURTESY OF LITTLE RITUALS
When it comes to cocktails in Arizona, Aaron DeFeo, right, and Ross Simon are the game changers and lead innovators. They are teaming up for a new venture, Little Rituals, expected to open in the next few months in a downtown Phoenix hotel.
One of the early architects of Tucson’s DIY craft cocktail movement is off to Phoenix to shake up the notion of hotel bars.
Aaron DeFeo, who made a name for himself over the last 6 years as chief mixologist at Casino Del Sol, is teaming up with celebrated Phoenix cocktail innovator Ross Simon to open Little Rituals cocktail lounge in the downtown Phoenix Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott. DeFeo said a third partner in the venture is the hotel’s developer, Rajan Hansji.
The bar will be on the fourth floor of the 20-story hotel at 132 S. Central Ave., in the heart of Phoenix’s dynamic and increasingly popular entertainment district and around the corner from Simon’s popular Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour.
“I’m super excited about this,” said DeFeo, who relocated to Phoenix last weekend after his final day at Casino del Sol on Saturday. “The cocktails are really going to focus on the flavors and we’re going to workshop the heck out of them. They are going to be really thought-provoking. ”
“Just as Bitter & Twisted helped redefine the downtown drinking experience, Little Rituals will help redefine the hotel bar here in Phoenix,” Simon said in a written release, “bringing the same innovative, ever-changing menu in a stylish setting that you’d expect in Miami, Los Angeles or London.”
DeFeo said Little Rituals will pull from his and Simon’s wide repertoires, but will not rehash their menus...
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