Ladera Taverna y Cocina opened its doors on Dec. 29 in the former home of Corbin’s Restaurant in Sunnyslope.

Ladera Taverna y Cocina is the newest project from partners Tucker Woodbury and Jim Riley of Genuine Concepts Restaurant group. The company is venturing north of Uptown into Sunnyslope to bring a classic Mexican restaurant and bar concept headed up by executive chef, Jorge Gomez.

“We wanted to do what the Valley does well, and that’s Mexican food, but we wanted to do it in a different way than everyone else, so we took our time to make sure we got it just right,” the duo says about their newest endeavor.

Genuine Concepts, the company that brought Phoenix unique bar and restaurant experiences like the Vig, The Womack, The Little Woody, Linger Longer Lounge, The McMillan and Cobra Arcade Bar, now introduces the newest member to the family—with an infusion of Latin flavor.

Ladera’s cuisine is not your average tacos and quesadillas but more of an inspiring and eclectic mix of dishes from all over the regional empire of Mexico. Gomez, who is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, is excited to share his love and passion for his home country through Ladera’s food, vibe and overall experience.

Chef Gomez’s philosophy of using only fresh and locally sourced ingredients with traditional methods of cooking presents a new style of food, a clash with the old and new. He pays close attention to detail and creates food that people crave, feel comfortable with and generates a positive emotion while designing a sense of art on each plate.

Guests will enjoy happy hour Monday through Friday and all day, every day, excellent variety of delicious Mexican cuisine. Normal business hours will be Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thursdays from 11 a.m.-midnight; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For more information, visit




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