Experience the cocktail and food culture of the ’50s and ’60s at Mabel’s on Main in Scottsdale — where owner/chef Aaron May has created a place that seems to be a transplant from a time of martini lunches and the cocktail hour. May captures this essence, which he refers to as “old world flair,” with hand-selected items such as the century-aged fireplace relocated from a long-standing residence in Phoenix. The speakeasy-style backdoor entrance leads to a vintage dining room of antique furniture, rich leather and woods to complement the classic dishes of the era. “It was a little more special to go out [back then] because people didn’t go out every day. It was more of an event,” says May. People took extra care in going out and in turn the dishes and cocktails took a little longer to prepare, he adds. At Mabel’s, hard-to-find scotches and aged wines balance classic items such as deviled eggs with caviar, Oysters Rockefeller and Veal Oscar. The restaurant will feature a raw food bar and a private dining room for intimate celebrations complete with a secret entrance and a one-way mirror to view the rest of the dining area. May describes Mabel’s as a bit cosmopolitan, where men and women can put their cocktail dresses and retro suits to use, but can still wear whatever is comfortable.
7018 E. Main Street, Scottsdale | www.mabelsonmain.com