Francine Restaurant Donates $26K to Nonprofits

Complimentary dinners spur donations supporting PANDA, Phoenix Heart Ball and American Heart Association

Scottsdale Fashion Square’s newest fine-dining restaurant, Francine, donated three evenings of complimentary dinners to support PANDA and the Phoenix Heart Ball benefiting the American Heart Association.

The $26,000 donation came from its Friends and Family Nights on Aug. 11, 12 and 13, prior to opening to the public. In lieu of paying a traditional check, patrons were encouraged to make a donation to one of the organizations.

In addition to research and education for heart disease, the American Heart Association and Phoenix Heart Ball are helping to provide food to underprivileged children, research for COVID-19, a vaping campaign and education, support for other organizations in need and more.

PANDA supports the discovery process to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases.

Anchored by the cuisine and inspired design from the south of France, Francine, which officially opened for dinner on Aug. 14, is in the luxury wing at Scottsdale Fashion Square near other fine dining establishments including Ocean 44 and Nobu. The restaurant is the brainchild of Scottsdale resident Laurent Halasz, known internationally for his highly successful Fig and Olive. Classically French trained Chef Brian Archibald is the executive chef. He brings more than three decades of culinary leadership experience, including tenures at some of the Valley’s finest restaurants and resorts.

Francine is open for dinner every evening starting at 5 p.m. Lunch and brunch service will begin in the fall.

PHOTO COURTESY FRANCINE RESTAURANT

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