The owners behind two of Scottsdale’s popular restaurants—The Americano and Cala—which are helmed by celebrity chefs Scott Conant and Beau MacMillan, are joining forces to open Tell Your Friends, a swanky new underground cocktail and live music lounge in North Scottsdale that is slated to open spring 2024.
Tell Your Friends will be accessed through a side door at The Americano. Guests will enter a dimly lit vestibule enhanced by dramatic floral wall coverings and a black-tile accented staircase that leads to the intimate lounge. The lounge will feature rich maroon velvet drapes, mirrored walls, and fanciful lighting. Upon opening, the drapes will reveal a bar, adorned with floor-to-ceiling lights The lights will trace their way across the ceiling, creating a dazzling connection to the adjacent stage.
The lounge will host nightly performances, featuring talented vocalists, musical acts, and entertainers who will be inspired by classic sounds while performing anything but the ordinary.
Tell Your Friends’ cocktail-driven menu will feature a seasonal rotation of classic and craft cocktails, a wine list, and small bites bearing the signature styles of culinary titans Conant and MacMillan. For guests who can’t resist the allure of the acclaimed pasta, steak, and seafood offered upstairs at The Americano, special arrangements can be made to satisfy most cravings.
Tell Your Friends is a collaboration between Creation Hospitality, a division of Phoenix-based Creation co-founded by David Sellers and Bob Agahi—known for developing, operating and partnering in some of the most successful hospitality concepts nationwide— and Clive Collective, founded by restaurant industry veterans Mikis Troyan and Justin Massei.
“North Scottsdale has long been waiting for a refined and one-of-a-kind nightlife destination tailored to a discerning crowd—Tell Your Friends is exactly that,” says Kevin Ferguson, director of operations for Creation Hospitality. “This collaboration with Clive Collective allows us to combine our passion for creating upscale dining and entertainment experiences with the opportunity to showcase our love for great design and live music. There’s just nothing like Tell Your Friends in Arizona.”
Leading the interior design is Basile Studio, a California firm known for its award-winning work at such notable restaurants as Born and Raised and Morning Glory, both in San Diego. Construction on the space started this week by LGE Design Build.