March 2021 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesApril 5, 2021
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Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar Cauliflower | Photo courtesy JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

 

Opening

5 Star Dive Bar & Grill
At this “dive” bar, you’ll find 32 beers on tap, plenty of cocktail choices and a robust selection of bar snacks and burgers. 1807 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, 480-597-3067, fivestardivebar.com

Bacanora
Ghost Ranch veteran Chef Rene Andrade opened a Mexican restaurant with partners Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin of Tacos Chiwas. The restaurant takes over the shuttered Barrio Café Gran Reserva space. 1301 NW. Grand Ave., Phoenix, 602-612-4018

Carousel Arcade Bar
Featuring more than 20 games, including air hockey, pinball and ping-pong, this Westgate bar also has cocktails and some fun snacks, from cotton candy to milkshakes. 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, 623-877-9777, carouselarcadebar.com

Chef J Asian Kitchen
This Asian restaurant serves up chef’s specialties, including Singapore-style noodles, Thai coconut chicken and more than 20 lunch combos. 4316 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, 602-354-8830, chefjphoenix.com

Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion
Christopher Gross opened his long-awaited French restaurant at the Wrigley Mansion. Gross will present an eight-course chef’s tasting menu with optional wine pairings. Christopher’s classics, prix fixe bistro lunches and brunch to come. 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix, 602-522-2344, wrigleymansion.com

Crumbl Cookies
Popular cookie franchise opens an outlet in Mesa with rotating specialty flavors as well as chilled sugar and milk chocolate chip cookies daily. 1911 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, 480-530-0185, crumblcookies.com

El Sol Mexican Café & Bakery
Family-owned Chandler Mexican restaurant reopens after being closed for a year. 760 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-786-0811

Farmer Boys
Eco-minded burger and breakfast chain opened up shop in Gilbert. 1535 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, 480-648-1264, farmerboys.com

Forefathers Cheesesteaks
New Chandler location for this build-your-own cheesesteak eatery. 1075 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler, forefatherssteaks.com

Humble Bistro
Humble Pie’s sister restaurant has opened on High Street, highlighting fresh pasta dishes, pizza and wine. 5415 E High Street, Phoenix, 480-502-2121, humblebistro.com

Krazy Cajun Seafood & Hibachi
Choose from a variety of seafood, including shrimp, crawfish, blue crab and scallops and then pick your seasonings, heat and side dishes. Or, have a basket of fried fish and fries, hibachi entrees, noodles and more. 24 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-274-7219, crazycajunseafoodhibachi.com

Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has reopened Lincoln Steakhouse with executive chef Paul Valenzuela at the helm. The restaurant features hand-cut Cedar River Farms beef and Prime steaks. 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, 480-905-7979, camelbackinn.com

Matty G’s Steak Burgers & Spirits
Local burger joint Matty G’s has taken over the old Smashburger location in south Tempe. Known for its steak burgers and fry sauce. 815 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, matty-gs.com

nomada Provisions
Nonna Urban Eatery owners Valentina Huerta and Gian Franco Brugaletta have opened nomada Provisions, “an ingredient focused retail experience” featuring cheeses, wines, charcuterie, oil and vinegars, spices, condiments, teas, baking products and ready-made packaged foods. 3410 N. 24th St., Phoenix, nomadaphx.com

Novel Ice Cream
Phoenix hand-crafted ice cream shop famous for the donut ice cream sandwich has opened a second location in downtown Mesa. 40 N. McDonald, Mesa, 602-784-4729

Ono Hawaiian BBQ
This fast-casual restaurant features Hawaiian plate lunches with barbecued chicken, beef, pork and fish, along with rice, macaroni salad and vegetables. 3135 S. Val Vista, Gilbert, 490-279-2342, onohawaiianbbq.com

Pinkberry
Scottsdale Fashion Square has added a Pinkberry frozen yogurt kiosk just outside Lululemon. pinkberry.com

Salad and Go
Popular drive-through salad restaurant opens its 29th Valley location in Mesa. 2814 S. Signal Butte Rd., Mesa, saladandgo.com

State 48 Tap House
State 48 Tap House has taken over former Gordon Biersch brewery in the San Tan Village center. Loads of beer and a scratch kitchen. 2218 E Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, 480-530-4190, state48brewery.com

Trapper’s Sushi Co.
Washington state-based Trapper’s Sushi Co. opened its first Arizona location in Avondale. Look for sushi of all stripes, sashimi, tempura and teriyaki dishes. 10321 W. McDowell Rd., Avondale, 623-248-1726, trapperssushi.com

Closing

Chino Bandido
After 31 years in the same location, Chino Bandito is closing its 19th Avenue location and moving to the northwest corner of Bell Road and Third Avenue. The Chinese Mexican fusion restaurant is targeted to open in June at the new location.

Game Seven Grill adjacent to Chase Field has called it quits.

Hot Noodles Cold Sake
After nearly five years, Josh Hebert’s Scottsdale ramen restaurant has closed.

Stratta Kitchen
James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Stratta has closed his Scottsdale Stratta Kitchen and will reopen in May as Campo Italian Bistro and Bar.

TGI Fridays Front Row Sports Grill at Chase Field has permanently shuttered.

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