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Arizona Grand Resort to Introduce Dining Options Focused on Casual Cuisine

New venues part of resort’s $52 million renovation plan, Latitude 30º space repurposed as private dining facility

PHOENIX, Ariz. - (July 16, 2008) - Arizona Grand Resort, a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Ultimate Luxury Collection, today announced plans to add two new restaurants along with a bar and a new barista-style coffee bar to the resort by early 2009 as part of its $52 million renovation plan.

Arizona Grand Resort will introduce The Lobby Grill, a new American grill concept designed to become the heartbeat of the resort, and will re-concept the existing Phantom Horse Grill into an Italian restaurant, focused on simple, handmade pastas and breads. Both restaurants will incorporate fresh produce and ingredients sourced from local purveyors into their new menus. The resort will also add a lively lounge-like atmosphere with the introduction of the new The Lobby Bar, as well as add a barista-style coffee bar offering fresh pastries, take-and-go deli sandwiches and gelato.

Additionally, Latitude 30 Pacific Rim Cuisine officially closed for the summer in May and will re-open under a new name in the fall as a private dining facility available for catered events and group functions.

Newly appointed Executive Chef Robert Graham is leading efforts to create the atmosphere and menu options for the resort's new venues.

Richard Behr, managing director of Arizona Grand Resort, said "These changes will allow the resort to offer the most popular cuisines in country -- American, Italian and Mexican. All restaurants will be casual, back-to-basics, home-style cuisine, which fits the resort's personality and core customer."

Aunt Chilada's and Rustler's Rooste will remain on property and continue to offer the finest in Mexican and Western-style cuisine.

About Arizona Grand Resort

The 640-suite Arizona Grand Resort is located on 164 beautifully-landscaped acres at the base of the spectacular South Mountain Preserve. A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Ultimate Luxury Collection, it offers the 7-acre Oasis Water Park, an award-winning 18-hole golf course, five specialty themed restaurants, the full service Arizona Grand Athletic Club & Spa and 117,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 20,000 square-foot exhibit pavilion. The AAA Four Diamond rated Arizona Grand Resort recently began a $52 million renovation to enhance the property including all guest suites, main lobby, spa, golf course, and restaurants. The resort has also added Arizona Grand Villas, which offer resort ownership opportunities through 52 new one- and two-bedroom luxury Villas. Arizona Grand Resort is independently owned and operated by an affiliate of Grossman Company Properties (GCP), one of the premier commercial and residential developers in the western United States. During the past 45 years, GCP has built, developed and managed more than 14 million square feet of high-quality properties, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Biltmore Fashion Park and the Phoenix Spectrum Mall. More information on the resort is available at

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For more information on the Arizona Grand Resort, or to arrange an interview or fact check a story, please contact:

   Emily Dille, Marketing Manager
   8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85044
   p: 602-659-6312


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