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Jul 8, 2009 03:41 PM

Digestif moving into former Sea Saw location (PHX)

As many of you probably already know, Digestif will soon be moving from its current location to the space which formerly housed Sea Saw. During the transition, they will be serving dinner only.

They will be opening at 5pm from today through Saturday, July 11, their last day in their current location. They have tentative plans to re-open in their new location on July 22.

Sea Saw
7133 E Stetson Dr Ste 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85351

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  1. i hope they can make it. i really like digestif, and payton is great. their sunday cooking classes are fun. or were fun :(

    8 Replies
    1. re: winedubar

      Supposedly, the classes are going to continue, but by necessity, on a smaller scale.

      Sounds like the decision to move had more to do with the lease that covered Digestif's space and the space that was to be occupied by Mexican Standoff than any trouble with Digestif's finances per se, though, I do wonder what challenges the smaller space might present in terms of cash flow.

      1. re: hohokam

        I heard so much about Sea Saw, too bad we never got to try it. But we did dine at Digestif a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. If I remember correctly Sea Saw is a MUCH smaller space.

        We talked with a bartender at T Cooks and another gentleman who said the owner of all those good restaurants (CC, SS, Digestif and some wine bar) was in jail for a 5th DUI. Too bad if true. Sad to see in this economy good restaurants going down!

        1. re: robo_scott

          Are you talking about Peter Kasperski? That is horrible news indeed. Peter is a stand up guy, and has been a mover and shaker in the PHX-Metro dining scene since before we arrived in the Valley of the Sun. Could this be incorrect?

          I have to admit that I have not broken bread with Peter in some years, but this is almost too much to fathom.

          Sorry to be somewhat incredulous, but I just cannot imagine this.


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            According to an unnamed source at a bar....


            let's talk about food.

          2. re: robo_scott

            I had heard a similar rumour via a different local chef, but with a smaller number than 5 (think "Holy Handgrenade of Antioch").

            At any rate, the fundamental "problem" clearly wasn't one of Payton's cuisine or Digestif, per se. Otherwise it would be the first time in recorded history that the money-guy kept the chef & dumped the physical space.

            Whatever the circumstances, it's definitely a bummer!

          3. re: hohokam

            Smaller isnt so bad. If they serve good food in a good way at a good price, people will line up and wait. See Carolinas, Biancos, Matts.

            1. re: hohokam

              I am not wild about this as a business decision. Half the point of Digestif was that it's a *bar*. It's right there in the name! It was a terrific happy hour spot. Sea Saw has no bar space.

              1. re: themis

                Yep. And I wonder if, or to what extent, the liquor sales might have helped subsidize the food side of the operation.

          4. I was a little disappointed when I first read about this. I like Digestif a lot, not just for the food, but the service and atmosphere.

              1. re: hohokam

                Wow. I remember the original Tapas Papa Frita circa 1993 -- before Tarbell's moved into the space. It was quite good as I remember.

                I wish these ventures the best of luck - but I think there are some intrinsic problems with Southbridge that a changing of the guard may not automatically solve. It will be interesting to see how they do.

                1. re: silverbear

                  Sea Saw is moving to downtown Phoenix, opening in the fall.

                  1. re: jsaint

                    I was under the impression that it was going to be a different concept and name, not just a relocation of the Sea Saw brand.

                2. re: hohokam

                  Saw that this morning. I didn't know Kaz Bar was closing. I'm bummed.

                  1. re: ajs228

                    I don't think Kaz Bar is closing. I think the little parenthetical in the lead paragraph is there to identify Kasperski as the owner of Cowboy Ciao and Kaz Bar as opposed to identifying which restaurants were moving/closing.

                    As I understand it, Kasperski is ending his lease on the space that Digestif now occupies and the space that Mexican Standoff was to occupy (i.e., "...the two restaurant spaces put on the market recently by Peter Kasperski..."). Even this is misleading, as the spaces aren't Kasperski's to "put on the market", seeing as how he is/was merely a tenant.

                    Further into the article, Seftel again uses confusing language. The casual reader could be led to believe that Kasperski and Chef Curry are the team implementing the "Italian-Italian" concept when, of course, it is actually the Gutierrez team that is doing so.

                3. Apparently the space has already been taken over. Tutto opened Wednesday.