The Urban Corner

New to Goodyear: The Urban Corner, a Southern-style restaurant with the likes of catfish and gator.

There are really only two words you can say about the Urban Corner:

Dig in.

Business Briefcase is always welcoming of new businesses, particularly food establishments—especially when they are courageous enough to open during a pandemic!

Cloyce Lamb said he and Vernon Holmes have been planning to open a restaurant and didn’t want any further delays to launch their vision:  “An upscale dining experience featuring favorite soul food dishes from urban centers around the country.”

The Urban Corner—“A chef-scratch kitchen with a touch of buttery soul”—is at 55 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

“There are no comparable restaurants in the West Valley,” said Lamb, who grew up in the Avondale/Goodyear area and has been an educator, mentor and coach in the area for 26 years. His parents owned a family establishment, and his nephew currently owns and manages a restaurant. 

The Urban Corner is open for lunch and dinner during the week and dishes up brunch on weekends (in addition to lunch and dinner). 

What’s this place all about?

Lamb, Holmes and their 17 employees are serving up the likes of shrimp and grits, bananas foster French toast, catfish and “gator.”

Making it even more attractive, the Urban Corner has live music.

For more info, call 623-240-2216 or visit theurbancorner.com.

• The long-awaited Hubbard Family Swim School opens Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Market at Estrella Falls at 1785 N. Pebble Creek Parkway in Goodyear. 

This “state-of-the-art” swim school will offer year-round, indoor swim lessons to babies and children up to 12 years old. The temperature of the heated, indoor pool will be set at a warm and comfortable 90 degrees. 

“Our new swimming pool in Goodyear will be the first of its kind in Arizona to use the most advanced water treatment methods designed by Exceptional Water Systems of Mesa,” said Derek Cochran, general manager of the Goodyear location. “We have always taken great pride in our clean facilities and water quality.”

The company has been teaching kids around the Valley to swim for more than 20 years.

“Now we have added an additional level of protection and raised the bar even further with a new water technology called AquaGen hyper-dissolved oxygen system that makes the water cleaner, clearer and softer all while using fewer chemicals. Our new pump room is looking like the kitchen in a five-star restaurant,” Cochran said.

This is Hubbard’s fourth Valley location, with other schools operating in Phoenix, Peoria and Mesa.

Hubbard also offers “Baby Splash” classes for babies 8 weeks to 5 months. Parent participation in the water is required. The Baby Splash classes are free with a one-time $25 registration fee.

“The fall and winter months are a great time to enroll children in swim lessons during the week or on the weekend,” said Cochran. “Not only is swimming excellent exercise for children to enjoy after school and a wonderful way for them to burn off energy, we don’t want children to lose the important swim skills and swim strokes they learned over the summer. … We’re very excited to finally open our newest location in Goodyear.”

For more information, call Hubbard Family Swim School at 602-971-4044 or visit hubbardswim.com.

More food news:

Ground Control in Litchfield Park recently debuted its first-ever weekend brunch menu from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

The on-site coffee roaster and craft beer tap house is dishing up banana pancakes and more.

Ground Control is at 4860 N. Litchfield Road. For more information,  call 623-535-9066 or visit groundxcontrol.com.

• The WESTMARC annual “Best of the West” show (the Oscars for West Valley businesses) happens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale. To register or for more information, visit westmarc.org.

Also this week, WESTMARC launches the West Valley Industry Spotlight and Virtual Job Matching series.

The series explores six “target industries”: advanced business services, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, health care, IT/cybersecurity, and transportation and logistics/supply chain management. 

The webinar series begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, with the first event focusing  IT/cybersecurity. To register, visit register.gotowebinar.com/register/7461541402458657293.