The Phoenix Suns announced Monday that they will begin serving their new, full-service restaurant, Pinto Grill, beginning with a new menu featuring rib cribs, and the first in a series of menu items to debut as a feature of the team’s 2017-18 season.
The restaurant, which is expected to open in late September, will include both a menu featuring the team logo and its logo on a ribbed, faux-ribbed and ribbed-ribbing platter and a rotating selection of “trendy” and “local” items from a variety of regional restaurants, as well as specialty items from other Phoenix-area restaurants, including one rib-crib sandwich with a side of fresh bison brisket.
The new menu will also feature “poutine fries” made with a special blend of poutine and ketchup, which the team says is meant to represent “the Phoenix food culture.”
“We have a tremendous fan base and we want to continue to grow that fan base,” said Suns CEO Marc Steinberg in a statement.
“We want to provide them with the best menu and service in the league.”
The first rib crib, featuring the Suns logo, will be available on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and rib crib sandwiches will be served Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a., 12:30 p. and 2:30 d. m.
The menu will feature the team logos and its logos on a platter of ribbed ribbed cribs and rib ribbing on the grill, with options for a variety.
“The ribs are the heart of the ribbing,” said Pinto owner and Suns CEO Steve Lantz in a press release.
“When you’re eating them, it’s like a heart, and it’s the only thing you really know about a rib.”
Rib cribs can be prepared by adding the following ingredients to the pan: a few tablespoons of butter, a few teaspoons of flour, salt and pepper, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and some garlic powder.
“It’s one of the best foods you can put in your mouth,” said Lantz.
“You want to make sure you’re not eating too much or not getting enough, or that you’re giving the ribs a little extra heat and flavor.”
The ribs are typically served in the evening on a hot-dog bun with pickled cabbage, and a side salad.
The rib rib sandwich is an appetizer that can be paired with a chicken or beef patty.
Ribs are also available as a side dish at Pinto, along with the Phoenix logo and the Phoenix Coyotes logo, on their menu.
“Every time I eat at Pintos I always think about how we can make this place better,” said Steinberg.
“So we’re really excited to introduce these new items to our fans and to our restaurants.
We’re going to continue working hard to make them better.”
Ribs were once served at the Phoenix SkyDome, the Suns’ home arena in the city of Phoenix.
The team relocated to Phoenix after the 1994-95 season, but its current location was built before that, so the Suns still use the stadium as their home arena.
The Suns’ new restaurant will also serve as a stop on their “Suns For Life” tour, which will begin in 2017.
Steinberg said he and the Suns plan to host the tour in 2019.
The tour will feature an appearance by former Suns player and current NFL player, Justin Upton, who will introduce the team to the “people who love Phoenix.”