The family who opened Frank & Lupe’s in Scottsdale and Ahwatukee has moved east to bring the Northern Arizona-inspired Moose & Bear Grill & Pub to Mesa.
“We were looking for a concept that the neighborhood was craving and wanted, and that was a neighborhood sports pub instead of a Mexican restaurant,” said third-generation restaurateur Teddy Bernal, who co-owns Moose & Bear and Frank & Lupe’s with his brother, Eddie Bernal.
Moose & Bear recalls a spacious lodge, complete with pine poles, a water feature and plenty of pine tree, bear and moose imagery. The tables and walls were designed by local artist John Tejada, who orchestrated the memorable artwork at Frank & Lupe’s.
Befitting the restaurant’s name, the two themed house beers chosen by Bernal for Moose & Bear include Moose Drool and Hamm’s, which has a black and white bear as its mascot.
Local beers from SanTan Brewing and Distilling and Papago Brewing Company will also be front and center at the bar. Additionally, there will be a specially chosen selection of bourbons and whiskeys available.
“Our menu includes selections of comfort foods and crowd favorites,” Bernal said. “We have everything from wings and Southwestern selections to massive baked potatoes with lots of toppings.”
The dishes are separated into many sections, including “Trail Mix” (appetizers like artichoke jalapeno dip and zucchini and mushrooms); greens (salads such as Big Bear Caesar salad and Buffalo chicken salad); and main dishes (featuring meatloaf and tacos); “Bear Buns” and sandwiches like Mr. Moose (a cheddar burger), Mr. Hatch (New Mexican-style burger) and Buffalo (bison) burger.
Moose & Bear boasts house-made sauces that are used at Frank & Lupe’s, including its green chile and poblano sauces.
Besides the food, Moose & Bear offers off-track betting. The dining and off-track betting areas are separate.
“I was told this area doesn’t have any off-track betting and it really fit the demographic for the area, especially with golfers and retired people,” he explained.
“We built this for the local community and we’re happy that we can offer them someplace special to go with friends and family. This is not a bar, it’s a sports pub and everyone will feel welcome here.”
Moose & Bear Grill and Pub, 118 E. McKellips Road, Mesa, 480.993.3210, mooseandbeargrill.com