August 2021 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesSeptember 3, 2021
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Openings

The Caspian Cup
Gourmet shaved ice, popsicles, ice cream, handmade drinks and virgin Jell-O shots headline this San Tan Village sweet shop. 2268 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, 623-401-2720, thecaspiancup.com

Flaming Pig
This Phoenix Filipino restaurant features barbecue on sticks and platters along with rice and noodle-based dishes, soup, appetizers and house specials. 1534 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 623-999-7446, flaming-pig.com

Fryd Bird
Your one-stop shop for fried chicken is now open in Fiesta Commons and they have waffle fries. 1038 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, 602-296-7405

Hi 5 Tea
In addition to a large selection of tea drinks and ice cream, Hi 5 Tea serves up a tidy menu of pho, vermicelli noodle and rice plates, salad and house specialty dishes. 225 W. Warner Rd., Chandler, 480-534-4769, hi5tea.com

Illimitato Pizza
Second location for this pizza joint that also has hot subs, wings, salads and desserts. 1152 N. Power Rd., Mesa. 480-597-3539, illimitatopizza.com

Inchin’s Bamboo Garden
National Pan-Asian restaurant with an outlet in Scottsdale set up shop in downtown Chandler. Lots of vegetarian options as well as lunch specials. 17 E. Boston St., Chandler, 480-786-4008, bamboo-gardens.com

 Ingos’s Tasty Food
Downtown Phoenix now has an Ingo’s Tasty Food that serves breakfast, LGO Bakeshop Pastries, coffee drinks, salads, burgers and other lunch and dinner fare. 101 E. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-825-3000, ingostastyfood.com

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Chicago restaurant known for its scratch deep dish pizza opens a fifth Valley location. 3510 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, 480-885-2499, loumalnatis.com

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Since 1964, Manuel’s has been providing the Valley with Mexican favorites. They recently opened restaurant number eight in Chandler. 4210 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-674-4777, manuelsaz.com

Ms. Martha’s Caribbean Kitchen
Wings, tacos, sandwiches and bowls with Caribbean flair. 1820 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, 602-675-2212, msmarthaskitchen.com

Naked BBQ
Glendale can now claim a Naked BBQ that features smoked meat and chicken sandwiches, platters and meats by the pound. 9405 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale, 623-230-2199, nakedq.com

The Paleta Bar
Paletas galore at Tempe’s newest “gourmet” Mexican pop shop. Paletas are topped, dipped and served with fresh fruit. 521 S. College Ave., 505-550-9181, thepaletabar.com

Throne Brewing & Pizza Kitchen
Unlike its Glendale and Peoria sisters, the downtown Phoenix Throne Brewing serves pizza, salads, mac and cheese, burgers and sandwiches. Located in the old Pizza People Pub space. 1326 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-795-7954, thronebrewing.com

Via Della Slice Shop
Enjoy New York-style pizza by the slice or the pie. 225 N. Fifth Ave., Phoenix, 602-341-6327, viadellapizza.com

Wandering Donkey Taqueria & Tequila Bar
The Wandering Donkey food truck has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant featuring specialty tacos and tequila drinks aplenty in north Scottsdale. 10121 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, 480-414-1212, wanderingdonkey.com

Closing

Copper Still Moonshine Grill in Chandler has closed, but the Gilbert location remains open.

Chandler’s La Hacienda restaurant has called it quits after five years.

After 14 years,  Switch Restaurant & Bar will close Sept. 5 due to “rising costs, a shortage of labor and the potential of worsening health crisis.”

Teakwoods Tavern & Grill, a popular Valley gathering spot that once had four outlets, has closed its last remaining restaurant in Gilbert.

Utah-based Twisted Sugar has closed its Gilbert location.

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