Business Briefcase: July 12, 2017

Welcome to the Business Briefcase, readers! Glad to have you reading these fine pages.

I do have one question to ask. Who’s the one who brought all the humidity from the south our way the last week or so?

As Dwight from The Office once said, I’m not mad, I just want to know who it is so I can punish them.

I am kidding, though. I’m 90 percent sure that no one person is responsible for any weather patterns, unless the meteorologists on television have powers I’m not aware of. If that’s the case, I might have to consider a career change.

I, for one, am ready for the humidity to turn into actual rain. Fingers crossed!

Let’s get started with the business news.

Catitude Gallery and Studio, at 404 E. Western Ave., in Avondale, has closed for the summer and will reopen at the end of September.

In the meantime, the gallery has partnered with the city of Goodyear to continue two programs into the summer months at the Goodyear Community Center, 420 E. Loma Linda Blvd.

Follow Your Art Jr. classes are being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Goodyear Community Center. The free classes focus on drawing, painting and design portfolios for high school juniors and seniors planning on continuing their art education in college.

Catitude is also partnering with Goodyear to provide two sessions of Creative Arts for the Aging classes. Classes take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The first session began July 11 and runs through Aug. 1, and the second goes from Aug. 8 to Aug. 29.

For information, visit or call 623-882-7530.

Rosati’s Pizza Sports Pub is now open in Avondale at 1729 N. Dysart Road.

Rosati’s is a Chicago-based pizza, pasta and sandwich franchise that has been around since 1964. The first one started in Mt. Prospect, Ill.

The Avondale location’s hours are 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Fans of the pizza joint might remember the previous Rosati’s location along Litchfield Road from a few years back.

For information, visit or call 602-455-1000.

Farther east in Avondale, El Tataki Sushi will be going in at 10685 W. Indian School Road, on the southeast corner of 107th Avenue and Indian School Road, where the old Blockbuster (remember that?) used to be.

The interior is currently in renovation mode, with construction happening as we speak.

El Tataki Sushi is a fusion restaurant specializing in Japanese- and Mexican-style sushi rolls. The Avondale location will be the restaurant’s second, with the other in Glendale near Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue.

No word yet on an opening date, but check back with the Briefcase at a later time for that information when it becomes available.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading, everyone.

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Take care, and stay cool!


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