Introducing Oliver's Modern American - featured by AZ Big Media

June 15th, 2024 5:00pm

After years in the making, ALINE is honored to see the old Polynesian Queen Dairy Queen given new life as Oliver's Modern American near Hayden and Osborn in Scottsdale. Check out the feature from AZ Big Media, annoucing Oliver's May 2024 opening, and hope to see you there!

Oliver’s Modern American will open in Scottsdale this May

After months of anticipation, Clayton Companies is once again boosting South Scottsdale’s dining cred with the opening of Oliver’s Modern American. The new dinner restaurant and lounge is located at 3207 N. Hayden Road, next to sister restaurant, The Eleanor. Oliver’s will open in an iconic mid-century building that was saved, moved, and rebuilt. The grand opening is scheduled for later this spring.

The first thing guests will notice is the distinctive triangular roofline of the 1960s Polynesian-style building designed by noted architect Ralph Haver’s firm. Once the country’s only Polynesian Dairy Queen, the building was located three miles away at McDowell Road and 68th Street. Local real estate developer Tom Frenkel stepped in when the building’s owners were readying its demolition in 2019.

Frenkel became aware of the effort to ‘Save the Queen’ and knew it would be the perfect addition to the mid-century retail plaza where it currently resides. He enlisted the help of ALINE Architecture and Social Design Studio to bring that vision to life.

ALINE oversaw the rebuilding of the 1,000 square-foot building, which now houses Oliver’s cocktail lounge, and expanded the space with a 3,400 square-foot main dining area behind the lounge.

Social Design Studio infused Oliver’s with an ambiance that is both high-end and approachable, honoring the building’s heritage and sense of place with a history wall showcasing photos and memorabilia from the original Scottsdale Polynesian Dairy Queen.

The exterior space features subtropical plantings and lava rock from the original patio, creating a retro oasis for al fresco dining.

Read the full article on AZ Big Media here

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