July 2021 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesAugust 4, 2021
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photo courtesy Kähvi Coffee + Cafe


36 Below
A new speakeasy has taken over the former UnderTow space located beneath Sip Coffee & Beer Garage. 3620 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 480-336-8812, 36belowaz.com

BlackSheep Wine Bar & Merchant
“Uncork and unwind” at Chandler’s newest wine bar and eatery. The restaurant serves everything from brunch to late night snacks. Watch for daily specials. 98 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, 480-912-1212, blacksheep.wine

The Bread & Honey House
Second location for this family-run breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant with a “Mexican-American fused menu.”4801 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-275-6996, thebreadandhoneyhouse.com

Café Rio Mexican Grill
Utah-based Café Rio opened its fourth Gilbert outlet nearby the southeast corner of Higley and Baseline. 1515 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, 480-597-1515, caferio.com

Chino Bandido
Chino Bandido, a Valley favorite specializing in Mexican and Asian cuisine, moved to new digs in July. 310 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 602-375-3639, chinobandido.com

Coldwater Coffeehouse & Bakery
Pick up coffee and pastries at Avondale’s newest coffee spot, which also sells bread, produce and other offerings from local farms. 127 E. Western Ave., Avondale, 480-589-1158, coldwater.coop

The Coronado
The popular vegan eatery, coffee shop and bar has moved from Seventh Street to the old Tuck Shop location.  2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix, 602-767-8133, thecoronadophx.com

Crave Pizza
Chicago-influenced artisan pizza parlor featuring thin, deep and butter crusts has opened in east Mesa. 7641 E. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa, 480-503-4444, cravepizzeria.com

De Babel
Fans of Middle Eastern fare have a new spot to try in north Scottsdale. Expect hummus, shawarma, falafel and more. 14884 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, 480-991-2022, de-babel.com

The Double Dutch Kitchen & Cocktails
The Double Dutch has moved into the space last occupied by Ivy Mediterranean Lounge. Open for lunch and dinner, this Chandler restaurant serves up standard American fare and cocktails. 1890 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, 480-758-5856, thedoubledutchaz.com

The highly anticipated Valley outpost of Tucson’s Eegee’s is now open in Gilbert. Known for its subs, grinders and frozen fruit drinks, Eegee’s also serves salads, hot dogs and fries. 3535 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert, eegees.com

El Taco Santo
Second location for this taco shop that started out as a food truck. 835 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, (480) 597-3155, facebook.com/tacosantoaz

Famiglia Modern Italian Trattori
Executive chef Richard Rangel is at the helm of this new Italian restaurant in north Scottsdale. The menu includes appetizers, house-made pasta and a handful of entrees. 17025 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 602-478-0644, famigliascottsdale.com

Frenchie Pizza
The folks behind Cuisine & Wine Bistro, B Gastro Bar and Copper & Logs have recently opened a pizzeria featuring traditional American pizzas and flammekueche, flatbread pizzas from France’s Alsace region made with unleavened crispy dough. 3765 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-306-7776, frenchiepizza.com

The Hot Chick
Neighborhood hangout and game bar featuring fried chicken, hot chicken and chicken sandwiches has re-opened in Old Town. 4363 N. 75th St., Scottsdale, 480-550-7705, thehotchickaz.com

Kahvi Coffee
Inspired by Mexican and Scandinavian coffee shops, MonOrchid’s newest tenant offers coffee drinks, tea, beer and wine and a tidy selection of baked goods, breakfast dishes and grab and go items. Menu in progress. 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602-441-4759, drinkkahvi.com

L&L Fresh Hibachi Sushi
This Gilbert restaurant specializes in hibachi grilled dishes and sushi. 1495 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, 480-577-8818, hibachisushigilbert.com

Mac Shack
Mac Shack has more than 10 variations of mac and cheese with different proteins and sauces, build-your-own combos with toppings like Cheetos and Old Bay seasoning. 6530 W. Happy Valley Rd., Glendale, 623-248-0719, macshackaz.com

Noodle District
New Tempe  restaurant features starters, Vietnamese pho, Asian snacks and milk tea for takeout or delivery only. 1900 E. Fifth St., Tempe, 480-930-1809, noodledistricaz.com

NW Drip Coffee
A new coffee and breakfast spot opens on historic Grand Avenue. 1325 Grand Ave., Phoenix, 503-701-7760, facebook.com/nwdripcoffee

Oscar’s Taco Shop
Tennessee-based Oscar’s Taco Shop has opened a fifth location in Arizona, this time in north Scottsdale. 21811 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-590-1814, oscarstacoshop.com

Pork on a Fork
You’ll find slow-smoked barbecue at Pork on a Fork in Chandler. 1972 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 602-884-8227, porkonafork.com

Restaurante Jetza Pizza & Gelateria
This new Glendale spot features pizza, pasta, salads, appetizers and more. 5713 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 623-931-0884, jetzapizzaphx.com

So Good Kitchen
Many Asian dishes to choose from here – pork, beef, chicken, shrimp and tofu entrees along with soups, sides and combo plates. Delivery and takeout. 960 W. University Dr., Tempe, 602-538-8838, so-good-restaurant.square.site

StarZ American Bar & Grill
This family-friendly sports bar has a huge menu with something for everyone, from burgers and salads to wings and tacos. Karaoke every Saturday night. 2662 E. University Dr., Mesa, 480-597-4127, starzamericangrill.com

Sushi Rock & Grill
A new sushi, salad and soup restaurant has popped up in the former Poki Point location in Gilbert. 3306 S. Higley, Gilbert, 480-306-8829, sushirockgilbert.com

Taco Boys
Sonoran-style tacos, burros and quesadillas headline the menu at Taco Boys in Tempe. 1015 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, 480-597-5623, aztacoboys.com

Vero Chicago Pizza
Formerly known as Buddyz Chicago Pizzeria, Vero Chicago Pizza is the first of four franchised East Valley locations. Takeout only. 18423 E. San Tan Blvd., Queen Creek, 480-822-1225, verochicagopizza.com

Z’Tejas Southwest Grill
The long-awaited Z’Tejas has opened in the Mercado del Lago center in Scottsdale and features Southwestern-inspired fare, agave drinks and other cocktails. 8300 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, ztejas.com


In business since 1998, the Burger Factory in Phoenix has closed its doors.

Spoke & Wheel on Central Avenue, a favorite spot for Valley cyclists, has shuttered.

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