December 2020 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesJanuary 7, 2021
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ALMA Scottsdale
Sheila Bryson, chef/owner of Soul Modern AZ Cuisine and Vic and Ola’s, has reopened ALMA West by Southwest, a restaurant she shuttered a few years ago at The Shops Gainey Village.  7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-687-2612,

Angry Crab Shack
Mesa-based Asian Cajun seafood restaurant opens its 12th location in Laveen. Currently open for takeout and delivery only. 6360 S. 35th Ave., Laveen, 602-975-1065,

AZ Pho & Grill
West Chandler is the third location for this Vietnamese restaurant featuring pho, spring rolls and banh mi. 885 N. 54th Street, Chandler, 480-825-7767,

California Fish Grill
The first Arizona outpost for this California-based restaurant known for serving high-quality, affordable seafood. 1855 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa, 480-542-0110,

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Upscale casual dining with a full-service bar, private dining, Napa-style tasting room and retail gift shop. 7361 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, 623-473-9463,

Fly Bye
Fox Restaurant Concepts launches Fly Bye at The Yard featuring Detroit-style, square pan pizzas, crispy chicken fingers and wings with a choice of nine sauces. To go only. 5632 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 480-866-8201,

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria To-Go
First ghost kitchen for Grimaldi’s located in the Kitchen United MIX space. Take out and delivery only. 7127 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-626-7060,

Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor
Fork & Dagger Hospitality opens neighborhood bar on Roosevelt Row with fire pits and food trucks. 817 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-975-8156,

Moon Bowls Tempe
Korean bowls are the main attraction at this national chain that opened a ghost kitchen outpost in Tempe. 1950 E. Fifth St., Tempe, 480-780-2070,

Mr. Mesquite Taqueria
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night fare at Mr. Mesquite’s newest location. Expect tacos, burritos, protein bowls and quesadillas. 2425 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-687-3303,

Cave Creek scores a Latin-influenced restaurant with an extensive wine and spirits selection. 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2187,

Over Easy
This popular breakfast restaurant opened an eighth location in southwest Mesa. Eat in or take out. 1941 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa, 480-553-7681, 

Sotol Modern Cocktail Kitchen
Located above The Brass Tap in Gilbert, this rooftop bar offers a full slate of craft cocktails with Arizona-inspired cuisine. 313 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-550-6300,

Tacos Tijuana
Order carne asada, al pastor or vegetarian tacos at Tacos Tijuana’s newest location in Ahwatukee. They also offer grab and go meals. 4509 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, 480-601-5104,

The Stone
Tofu is made daily at this Korean restaurant located on the northeast corner of Dobson and Main. Offerings include a variety of tofu soups, bulgogi and bibimbap. Lots of vegetarian choices here. 1870 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-361-0523,

Top Cup
Community gathering spot for coffee, all-day breakfast, salads, paninis, sandwiches and wraps. 7115 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, 480-729-1375,

Tru Tacos PHX
This taco pop-up sets up shop on the patio of Jewel’s Bakery & Café Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They open at 6 p.m. until sold out. 4041 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix,


Family-owned Buddyz a Chicago Pizzeria closed its Gilbert location, but plans to open another Gilbert location with a new name, Vero Chicago Pizza.

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean spot in Tempe closes after more than 30 years.

JC’s Steakhouse
Locally-owned Gilbert steakhouse calls it quits after six years due to Covid restrictions.

Gilbert’s Kavala Restaurant and Café closed after six months in business.

Matty G’s in Scottsdale shutters, but Uptown Phoenix, Gilbert and Mesa locations are still open.

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