University opens new Southwest-themed hotel restaurant

(Grand Canyon University Hotel restaurant)

A new eatery at the Grand Canyon University Hotel in Phoenix soon will expand the hospitality landscape of the new resort.

The restaurant is called Canyon 49 Grill and is scheduled to be open to the public Aug. 15, just in time for Welcome Week. Although the 155-room hotel is booked for that week, there is good news — seats at the new restaurant await.

Canyon 49 will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to coffee bar service. After dinner, guests also can enjoy live music.

Hotel manager Brett Cortright, who has devised the menu, said the idea is to have “a kind of coffee bar theme” with a menu that’s “so diverse and broad that people would enjoy our food three to four times a week.”

“I don’t claim to be a chef, but I certainly can write menus,” he said. “The overall feel of the menu is a melting pot with Arizona cuisine, which is basically a Southwest influence on American food.”

Prices range from $6 to $12, and employees and students get 10 percent discounts. A happy hour will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Canyon 49 will seat 306 and is outfitted with a casual lounge, an outside gaming area and a private dining room for private functions. Restaurant hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.