I read an interesting article in the Republic today about a new development planned for the old Smitty's site at 16th St. and Buckeye Road. Reportedly, it will include second locations for Lux Coffeebar and Welcome Diner. I knew a second site was in the works for Lux because I overheard a bit of conversation on the topic while photographing a cappuccino for my blog a few weeks ago, but the location is a surprise. It's a risky location given South Phoenix's downscale image, but this is the type of risk-taking that the city needs.
I've tried to find the article online at AZ Central, but so far no results.