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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:22 pm | Updated: 9:48 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market will open 11 more stores in the Valley including three in the East Valley.

The three East Valley stores will be in Ahwatukee Foothills at 48th Street and Ray Road, in Gilbert at Cooper and Warner roads, and in Chandler at Alma School Road and Ray.

Brendan Wonnacott, a Fresh & Easy spokesman, wasn't able to specify the opening dates.

WARREN'S OPEN

Warren's Jazz Bistro offers food and live music Wednesday through Saturday and Christian gospel music on Sundays. The menu includes steak, shrimp and pork dishes.

The restaurant was opened by husband and wife Renee and Bill Warren in late September inside the Spectrum Falls shopping center in Gilbert at the southwest corner of Williams Field Road and Val Vista Drive.

INDOOR GOLF

Crosswoods Indoor Golf opened at the northwest corner of Kyrene Road and Chandler Boulevard.

The 8,000-square-foot features golf simulators with over 35 virtual courses represented including Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and St. Andrews.

Equipment rentals are available, but customers can also bring their own clubs.

DUTCH BROS. GROWING

Drive-through gourmet coffee bar Dutch Bros., which has just one Valley location at 1037 S. Rural Road in Tempe, is brewing plans for several more locations.

The company plans to capture caffeine lovers on the go at Papago Plaza in Scottsdale, on the southwest corner of McDowell and Scottsdale roads, in late November.

A Dutch Bros. at Gilbert and McKellips roads in Mesa is expected to open in December. A second Tempe shop at Mill and Southern avenues and a Gilbert store are planned for early 2009.

Founded in southern Oregon in 1992 by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma, Dutch Bros. Coffee is believed to be the country's largest privately held, drive-through-only coffee company in the country.

There are more than 130 locations in Oregon, California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.

Jim Thompson, who spends his summers in Oregon and winters in the Valley, is building the local stores.

He said he wanted to bring the hometown brand to his winter haunt.

Thompson said the stores offer more than good coffee, including gourmet tea blends and "the world's best smoothies."

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