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Arizona's, 150 Forum Drive: July 2014   6 comments

Posted at 11:06 pm in closing




I did not know that Arizona's was a chain, but they had at least two restaurants in South Carolina, one here at Sandhill and the other in Greenville. Both were bought out in late July by a North Carolina outfit and rebranded as JP's 4 Corners.

When Arizona's opened, I looked over the menu, and could not see a reason to go, and so never did.

Apparently the general concept has not changed a lot:

JP’s has maintained 90 percent of the original Arizona’s menu, but, under the direction of executive chef Tony Aponte, has some new additions.

The new menu ups the steak concept by adding three new signature steaks to the original one, each with a unique rub. Each is a reference to the four states that make up the “4 corners,” from which the restaurant takes its name — Arizona (original), New Mexico (cayenne and chili), Colorado (black peppercorn with blue cheese butter) and Utah (cinnamon spice crusted).

But JP’s is about more than just steak, Lawrence says. One of the restaurant’s new features is a house-made veggie burger that combines black beans and sweet potato and is topped with an agave sweetened chipotle-lime cream.

Looking at the menu, I get the same feeling I had looking at Arizona's menu: How is this Southwestern?

Western, I certainly see, but I thought Southwestern was supposed to have a dash of Mexican. That's got to be more than just invoking chipolte in a sauce. The Free Times in fact lists JP's under Mexican, but don't see it.

(Hat tip to commenter Jason)

Written by ted on October 1st, 2014

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  1. A big of poking around seems to imply that the the two Arizona's in SC were bought by the Sagebrush restaurant people in NC. There once was a Sagebrush in Lexington, in the old Western Steer location near the intersection of 378 and 6.


    2 Oct 14 at 7:09 am

  2. This change was supposed to happen back in January. My son was working there for a little while at the end of last year. That is the only reason why even ate at the place. The food was just too damn pricey and wasn't that good at all. Might have to go in and give the new steaks a try.


    2 Oct 14 at 8:56 am

  3. I went to Arizona's once and thought the food was over priced.


    2 Oct 14 at 11:19 am

  4. It's high-priced for what it is, but for a steakhouse in the northeast, it's about your only option (Outback doesn't count).


    2 Oct 14 at 5:06 pm

  5. Arizona's was our go-to place... then they did the unthinkable... left too much fat on my wife's steak (which they said they wouldn't do...). Never went back.


    5 Oct 14 at 9:18 am

  6. Columbia Mayor Benjamin was said to have been an investor in Arizona's.


    10 Oct 14 at 8:51 pm

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