January 2021 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesFebruary 3, 2021
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Barrio Queen
Barrio Queen expands to the West Valley, opening its sixth location in the shuttered Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. 7640 W. Bell Road, Glendale, 602-287-8226, barrioqueen.com

Cold Beers & Pizza, Scottsdale
The folks at Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers are venturing into new territory with pizza in Old Town Scottsdale. 4222 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-758-4994, coldbeers.com/pizza

Copper 48
Copper 48 takes over Nico Heirloom Kitchen in Gilbert featuring seasonal menus. 366 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert 480-584-4760, nicoaz.com

Cottontail Lounge at W Scottsdale
Cottontail Lounge replaces the Shade Lounge on the W’s WET Deck. Expect “five-star” service, craft cocktails, breakfast, weekend brunch and light bites. 7277 E. Camelback Rd., wscottdalehotel.com

Flavors of India
This Phoenix restaurant closed in October and has reopened at a new location in Gilbert. 875 E. Warner Rd., Gilbert, 602-277-5546, flavorsofindiaphoenix.com

Flower Child
Fox Restaurant Concepts debuts Flower Child with a to-go only menu. Order online, through the Flower Child app or at kiosks. This is the second virtual restaurant for FRC. 149 S. Farmer, Tempe, 623-250-6003, iamaflowerchild.com

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
First Arizona location for this fried chicken chain that cooks up natural, never frozen, hormone-free chicken. 212 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-590-0404, gusfriedchicken.com

Il Bosco Pizza
Scottsdale’s Il Bosco Pizza opens a second location in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. 918 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, ilboscopizza.com

Kolache Café
Ahwatukee café devoted to kolaches – Czech pastries filled with fruit and savory tidbits for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. 4302 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, 602-510-4116, thekolachecafe.com

Over Easy
Location number eight for this Valley favorite breakfast spot. 1941 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa, 480-553-7681, eatatovereasy.com

Pie Express
Choose from nine pizza combos or build-your-own. The fast-food restaurant also sells burgers, chicken wings, teriyaki bowls, salads and desserts. 1929 E. Ray Rd., Chandler, 480-786-4899, pie-express-chandler.business.site

STK Steakhouse
Internationally acclaimed STK Steakhouse opens in the revamped Herb Box site at Southbridge. Features Linz Heritage Certified Black Angus Beef. 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-581-5171, stksteakhouse.com

Sugar Jam Southern Kitchen
Grab lunch, “supper” and weekend brunch at this north Scottsdale restaurant that also has a stellar bakery with a choice of eight house-made pies and loads of baked goods. 15111 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale ,480-948-6210, sjsouthernkitchen.com

Thai Chili 2 Go
To go Thai food concept opens its 11th location. 1495 N. Higley Rd., Chandler, 480-219-8330, tc2go.com

The Porch
The Porch opens a third restaurant in downtown Gilbert with a plentiful menu of appetizers, bowls, salads, sandwiches, burgers and a full bar. 312 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-572-1298, porchrestaurants.com


Cotton & Copper
Sean Traynor and Tamara Stanger closed up shop after two years due to the pandemic. A new café will debut in its spot.

Persian Garden Café
After almost 20 years in business, this West Phoenix restaurant called it quits in January.

Squid Ink Sushi Bar
Squid Ink closed its CityScape restaurant in downtown Phoenix, but the Peoria location is still open.

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