April 2021 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesMay 5, 2021
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Barrio Queen
One of the Valley’s most popular Mexican restaurants opens its seventh location in Avondale, with a 3,095 square-foot covered patio. 10455 W. McDowell Road, Avondale, 623-257-3900, barrioqueen.com

East Valley favorite for breakfast and lunch opens an outpost in Sun Lakes. 9542 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, 480-895-4041, biscuitsrestaurants.com

Eat My Taco
Tempe adds a Day of the Dead-themed taco shop to its roster of restaurants. Close to ASU main campus. 921 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-350-7900, eatmytacoaz.com

El Pacifico
Mexican seafood restaurant makes a move from Chandler to Mesa less than six months after opening. 1130 W. Grove Ave., Mesa, 480-389-7497

Hair of the Dog
This craft beer taphouse, wine bar and coffeehouse mashup welcomes dogs along with their humans. 3133 S. Lindsay Rd., Gilbert, 480-219-5489, hairofthedoggilbert.com

I Heart Mac & Cheese
Create the macaroni and cheese dish of your dreams with a five-step, build-your-own bowl experience. 1342 W. Warner Rd., Tempe, 480-940-2314, iheartmacandcheese.com

JINYA Ramen Bar
Newly opened JINYA Ramen Bar in Chandler serves 12 signature ramen bowls with more than 25 add-ons. The restaurant is part of a national chain originating in California. 130 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480-758-5198, jinyaramenbar.com

After being closed for a year, MercBar at The Esplanade has reopened, featuring nine specialty cocktails. Bar snacks are available. 2525 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-508-9449, mercbaraz.com

Modern Tortilla
Popular Phoenix food truck run by Tommy D’Ambrosia opens a brick-and-mortar location in Fry’s Marketplace, featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. 13730 W. Camelback Rd., Litchfield Park, 623-334-7744, moderntortilla.com

Mora Italian
James Beard award-winning chef Scott Conant has reopened Mora Italian. The retooled menu includes new entrees, pasta dishes and pizzas with a focus on the wood-burning oven. 5651 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-795-9943, moraitalian.co

If you’re hankering for a hot dog in Glendale, you’ve now got a Portillo’s close by. 17125 N. 79th Ave., Glendale, 480-672-0100, portillos.com

Pressed Juicery
Pressed at the Scottsdale Quarter offers cold-pressed juices, smoothies, shots, plant-based treats and cleanses. 15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-562-4782, pressedjuicery.com

You’ll find sushi galore at this new spot, plus a full menu that includes starters, yakisoba, pad thai, fried rice and a full complement of meat and fish entrees. 780 W. Elliot Rd., Tempe, 480-838-1767, sushinu.net

Tacos & Hot Dogs Los Mayitos
For those who can’t decide between tacos and hot dogs, you’ll find both here. Also on the menu: burritos, quesadillas, nachos and more. 330S. Gilbert Rd., Mesa, 623-272-6028, tacoshotdogslosmayitos.com

TC’s Pub and Grub
Neighborhood restaurant TC’s Pub & Grub has opened a second location in the shuttered JC’s Steakhouse spot. Check the website for daily specials and events. 25 E. Ray Rd, Gilbert, 480-687-5540, tcspubandgrub.com

Cambodian and Arabic finger foods are on the menu here. Look for daily specials on Facebook and Instagram. 444 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, 480-927-3865

The Broth Bar
This healthy Chandler spot offers free-range chicken and grass-fed beef bone broths along with shakes, smoothies, turbo teas and hand-crafted gelato. 1900 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, 480-828-0701, simplyhealthyaz.com

The Italian Daughter
Melissa Maggiore, daughter of the late Tomaso Maggiore, has opened an Italian restaurant in the former Tomaso’s location in North Scottsdale. Look for handcrafted pastas, sharing boards and Neapolitan pizzas. 23655 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-404-608, theitaliandaughter.com

Wok N Roll
Second location for this restaurant that specializes in sushi, Chinese food, craft cocktails and classic rock and roll. 2801 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-230-2960, woknrollaz.com


Fox Restaurant Concepts has closed its digital-only Flower Child in Tempe.

After being closed for a year, Nobuo Fukuda announced he will not reopen Nobuo at Teeter House.

SanTan Brewing & Distilling has closed its 16th Street and Bethany Home Road outlet after three years. Downtown Chandler and Sky Harbor locations are still open.

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