PNPK, a full-service neighborhood restaurant and wine bar featuring craft sliders and shareable flights of elevated comfort food as well as local and regional beers and cocktails, is now open. The venue, which is named in homage to nearby Pinnacle Peak Mountain, is located on the Southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak at 23335 N. Scottsdale Road. The 2,600-square-foot venue – which boasts a dog-friendly patio – is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with happy hour from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

“The cheeky menu really does offer flights of food and drink for everyone’s fancy,” said owner Kellie Pruitt, noting the restaurant’s close proximity to the Scottsdale Airpark made the distinctive menu concept a natural fit.

Nearly every day, PNPK offers a special to beckon in guests, including:

  • Sunday Flight Club: Half off of any wine flight, each of which consists of four pours of red, white, rosé or bubbly wines per guest, from open to close
  • Not Just Another Manic Monday: Happy hour pricing offered from open to close
  • Board and Bottle Tuesday: Guest’s choice of chef’s special charcuterie board, devilish egg flight (choice of six) or bruschetta flight (choice of three) and select bottles of red or white wine for $20 (wine selections subject to change weekly)
  • Wine Down Wednesday: Half off select bottles of wine from open to close (limit one bottle, 20% off second bottle and beyond)
  • Thirsty Thursdays: Half off any beer flight, each of which consists of three pours per guest, from open to close
  • Food Flight Friday: Two sliders and guest’s choice of fries or tater tots from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for just $10

“On the drink side, we kept the idea of flights in mind, developing both craft beer and wine flights – and yes, we even have a bubbles flight,” said Pruitt, noting they offer beers from Left Hand Brewing, Historic Brewing Co., and Mother Road Brewing as well as wines from Faire La Fete, Eve, Cannonball and many more.

Pruitt notes that 30 of the wines on her menu are able to be mixed and matched with others as part of a custom flight. Each of these is also offered by the glass and carafe and all are available by the bottle. And of course, there are another 150-plus bottles varying in price from $30 to $350 available. Happy hour deals include wine flights starting at just $5 for three pours, and craft beer flights are just $4 for three pours.

There is also a cocktail menu, which was similarly developed with the area in mind. PNPK’s signature cocktail is called the Tickle Me PNPK Punch, which is made with Arizona prickly pear, ginger ale and sparkling wine. Pruitt notes that $1 from the proceeds of each of these cocktails sold will be donated to the Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park, a volunteer group that ensures Pinnacle Peak Park is maintained and cared for on a daily basis.

PNPK takes over its space from Grape Bistro, which was also owned by Pruitt, formerly Rock & Vine Bar & Grill.

“My husband and I loved Rock & Vine Bar & Grill, which back in the day was tucked into a cozy enclave in La Mirada shopping center in north Scottsdale, so when I heard the owners wanted to sell in 2014, I just went for it,” said Pruitt.

Over the next two years, the business – which she renamed and rebranded as Grape Bistro – did well, but she was tired of it being the best kept secret in town. In February 2016, Pruitt moved Grape to a bigger space on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak. Business took off.

But, in July 2016, due to a family tragedy, Pruitt was forced away from the day-to-day duties of running a restaurant. It was, in fact, time that Pruitt spent on Pinnacle Peak Mountain over the past 18 months that helped her through the worst of that time – another reason for the homage in name and menu at PNPK.

“Earlier this year, I knew I either needed to close or do something new, in part to throw myself into something creative to help myself heal,” said Pruitt. “PNPK has been transformational for me, and now I hope for the Airpark restaurant scene as well.