October Restaurant Openings & Closings

Marilyn HawkesNovember 5, 2020
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The folks from Ocotillo and Starlite BBQ have opened Chantico, a casual Mexican restaurant centered on local, healthy and organic foods, with indoor and outdoor spaces and a full-service bar. Open for happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. 1051 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-699-3015, chanticophx.com

ADERO, the region’s only Dark Sky Zone resort, houses Cielo, a “farm-to-table-to-sky” restaurant featuring regionally-sourced ingredients and a curated selection of tequila and mezcal cocktails. 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr., Scottsdale, 480-333-1900, aderoscottsdale.com

CoreLife Eatery
Fast-casual franchise CoreLife Eatery focuses on locally-sourced healthy salads, grain and rice bowls, broth bowls, power plates and tacos, using grass-fed beef, antibiotic-free chicken and pork and cage-free eggs in its scratch kitchen. 1840 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, 480-912-8282, corelifeeatery.com

Culinary Dropout
Scottsdale Quarter outpost of Sam Fox’s popular Culinary Dropout features “classic meals done right,” beer, wine and cocktails.  15125 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-653-9701, culinarydropout.com

Eatalio Pasta & Wine
You’ll find pizza, pasta and main course entrees, including chicken marsala and eggplant parmesan at this Gilbert fast-casual Italian eatery in the former Local Eats space. 6348 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert, 480-625-3860, eatalioaz.com

Recently opened after four years, this 15,000-square-foot gaming lounge and restaurant is chockfull of games and gaming stations. Bar food, beer and specialty cocktails abound. 1233 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa, 480-331-1809, endgamebar.com

Fried Spudz
Potato lovers will go for these french fries with hearty toppings galore, from carne asada to burger fixings to nacho cheese; bone-in and boneless wings with a choice of eight sauces; chicken tenders; and desserts. 860 E. Warner Rd., Gilbert, 480-687-0828, friedspudz.com

Ghett Yo Pizza
Ahwatukee gets a new pizza joint with twelve specialty pizza choices and a build-your-own option. You can also grab appetizers, sliders and salads. 4747 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix, 480-590-3639, ghettyotaco.com/ghettyo-pizza

Find craft cocktails, wine and beer with a tidy menu of “bites & boards” at this neighborhood cocktail bar and lounge in Downtown Phoenix. 1514 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, 602-675-4244, highballphx.com

Little O’s
Pint-sized version of O.H.S.O Brewery with burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, wine, specialty cocktails and of course, beer. 521 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, 602-254-6899, littleosaz.com

Match Market & Bar
FOUND:RE hotel’s restaurant has been transformed into Match Market & Bar where you can dine, have a cocktail, pick up a dozen eggs or fill your picnic basket. 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-875-8080, matchphx.com

Reap & Sow Coffee Bar
Housed in music venue Rebel Lounge, Reap & Sow is billed as a neighborhood coffee shop and bar in partnership with Peoria’s Driftwood Coffee.  2303 E. Indian School rd., Phoenix, reapsow.com

Enjoy a 12-course dining experience from the Café Monarch team in an outdoor setting. Jackets preferred. 6934 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, 480-970-7682, reserveoldtown.com

The Sicilian Baker
Park West welcomes Maggiore’s Sicilian Baker with a cannoli bar and other Italian dessert delicacies. 9780 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, 623-471-5721, thesicilianbaker.com

The Sicilian Butcher
The Maggiore family opens the Sicilian Butcher alongside the Sicilian Baker in Park West, featuring craft meatballs, sauces and charcuterie boards. 9780 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, 623-471-5721, thesicilianbutcher.com

Soda Jerk Co. Milkshake Bar
Kylee and Dustin Smith have opened the Soda Jerk on High Street featuring huge, multi-ingredient milkshakes and floats. The tiny restaurant has eight counter stools and a couple of tables outside. 5350 E. High St., Phoenix, 480-576-7778, sodajerkco.com

Stoop Kid
Open-air marketplace The Churchill reopened in October and is now home to Stoop Kid, a New York-style bagel and coffee shop. 901 N. First St., Phoenix

Sweet Republic
Tempe ice cream lovers will now have Sweet Republic at The Watermark in Tempe, a third location for Helen Yung and Jan Wichayanuparp’s popular artisan ice cream shop. 410 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe, 480-292-8557, sweetrepublic.com

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
This is the first Arizona location for the Sweetwaters franchise, located in the Scottsdale Shops. The coffee house features signature and classic coffee drinks, pastries, desserts and light fare. 14850 N 87th St., Scottsdale, 480-410-4118, sweetwaterscafe.com

Tacos Tijuana
Family-owned Tacos Tijuana adds Mesa to its growing list of Valley locations. 1754 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, 480-653-6135, tacostijuanaaz.com

The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen
Chef Christopher Nicosia, former executive chef of Sassi, helms the kitchen preparing American dishes with a modern twist. Craft cocktails are mixed with small-batch liquors made at the onsite distillery. 20469 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-401-1102, thecraftsmanaz.com

The Stillery
Look for stacked burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads and signature mason jar cocktails at this Nashville-based restaurant. 130 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-590-1409, stillerychandler.com

Tombstone Brewing Co.
Helio Basin Brewery moved out and made way for Tombstone Brewing Co., which boasts a scratch kitchen and “world class beer.” 3935 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 602-354-3525, tombstone.beer/tombstone-brewing-north


Kelly Fletcher’s acclaimed Chzburgr in Glendale has closed. On Facebook, Fletcher wrote: “We, like many small restaurants and businesses have been devastated by the terrible effects of this pandemic.”

 Helio Basin Brewing Co. in Phoenix has closed and will be replaced by southern Arizona’s Tombstone Brewing Co.

 The Cutting Board Bakery and Café, a popular vegan restaurant in Mesa, closed in October due to financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19.

 The Ivy Mediterranean Lounge, at Dobson and Germann in Chandler, has closed after five years because of the pandemic.

The Pizza Experience at Warner and Lindsay Roads in Gilbert closed after being open for less than a month.

YC’s Mongolia Grill at the Scottsdale Pavilions closed in October, leaving only two locations open in Tempe and Gilbert.

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