May 2021 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesJune 3, 2021
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Renata’s Hearth | Photo Courtesy Arizona Biltmore

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5th Street Burgers & Fries
If you’re looking for a burger, 5th Street has 10 varieties, including a build-your-own option. 1158 W. Washington Tempe, 480-912-1621,

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
New York-based pizzeria opens a second location in Phoenix, featuring 16- and 22-inch pies, slices and  “not pizza” starters and entrees. 6031 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-314-6776,

Brooklyn V’s Pizza
Brooklyn native Vito LoPiccolo opens his third pizza joint in the East Valley, bringing “a slice of old New York” pizza to Chandler. 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 480-758-4040,

By the Bucket
New to the Valley, By the Bucket sells buckets of spaghetti with marinara sauce for up to five people. Add meatballs (extra charge) and you’ve got a head start on dinner. 1420 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, 480-687-8925,

Campo Italian Bistro and Bar
James Beard award-winning chef Alex Stratta teams up with chef Jeremy Pacheco to create a modern Italian tavern using family recipes, fresh, seasonal ingredients and local purveyors. Campo Italian Bistro and Bar is part of the Genuine Concepts family. 8260 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-597-9195,

CoreLife Eatery
Former NFL player and managing partner Adam Archuleta opens a second location of this  fresh-ingredient concept. All foods are free of GMOs, trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners and additives. 1555 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, (866) 778-0033,

Crazy Tuna
Crazy Tuna, an all-you-can eat sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, takes over the space last occupied by Masa Sushi & Izakaya. 941 W. Eliot Rd., Chandler, 480-855-5535

El Charro Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
This longtime Mesa restaurant closed in 2017 after a 59-year run. Eva Munoz Orta, daughter of the late founder Fred Munoz, has reopened the Mexican restaurant. Currently, the restaurant is open for takeout only Wednesday through Sunday. 480-964-1851

Renata’s Hearth
The newly remodeled Arizona Biltmore has opened its flagship restaurant, Renata’s Hearth, specializing in modern Latin cuisine. Chef Jesus Figueroa Ortega curates a menu that includes individual entrees and “Mesa de Familia,” entrees for the table. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602-955-6600,

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen
Sixth location for this gluten-free and vegan-friendly restaurant that sources 95 percent organic produce and works with local farmers and suppliers to reduce its carbon footprint. 884 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, 623-466-0228,

The Taco Spot
Get tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, tortas and more at the Taco Spot’s new Tempe location. 325 W. Elliot Rd., 480-219-9030,

The Yard Milkshake Bar
CityScape welcomes The Yard, home of extreme milkshakes, ice cream, waffle sundaes and edible cookie dough. 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-296-4473,

Woo Woo Burgers
The Z’Tejas Southwest Grill folks have launched a ghost kitchen concept featuring burgers, chicken sandwiches and sides. Woo Woo is operating out of the Chandler Z’Tejas kitchen. 7221 W. Ray Rd., Chandler, 480-893-7550,


Filipino restaurant At My Place Café in Mesa has closed, but will move to a bigger building across from Chandler Fashion Center in September.

After 25 plus years, the  Hillstone Restaurant Group has shuttered Bandera in Old Town Scottsdale.

Garcia’s  Mexican Restaurant in Chandler has closed, but the New York-based chain still has three east Valley locations.

Hooters in Peoria has closed after 18 years.

Nicantoni’s Pizza in Gilbert has closed and owner Vic Buono will retire.

Tempe’s Rula Bula Irish Pub on Mill Avenue has closed after more than 20 years.

After two years, owners Matt and Lindsay Aronson have closed Schmear Bagelry & Café in Queen Creek.

Stratta Kitchen closed, but has been reborn as Campo Italian Bistro and Bar.

The Herb Box closed its DC Ranch location, but will open soon near Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard in the center where its first restaurant was located.


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