October 2022 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesNovember 8, 2022
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Angry Chickz
California-based Nashville hot chicken chain lands in Glendale. If you choose the hottest level, you must sign a waiver.
5130 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, angrychickz.com

Ay, Chabela
Chubasco Taco’s Andrew and Nick Renteria and Sam Olguin of Killer Whale Sex Club have opened a Mexican seafood eatery. Look for swordfish, halibut and charred octopus tacos.
719 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, aychabelaphx.com

Black Rifle Coffee
Veteran-founded coffee company has opened a free-standing shop in Phoenix, equipped with outdoor seating and a dog park.
4126 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, blackriflecoffee.com

Blue Corn Café & Bakery
The folks who brought you Hope’s Artisan Bread in Litchfield Park have launched a cozy café in Historic Downtown Glendale that has a lovely selection of breads, quiches, breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
7015 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, thebluecorncafe.com

Westgate in Glendale now has a Cuban-inspired restaurant, featuring $5 tapas and mojitos on Tuesdays.
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, bodegaaz.com

Bundoo Khan
International Pakistani barbecue chain opens in Mesa’s Lotus International Market with a menu of kabobs, chicken tikka masala and boti.
2043 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa, bundookhanusa.com

Churro Nest
Tempe Marketplace welcomes Churro Nest, a new spot for churros, coffee and tea drinks and a selection of $5 street foods, from egg roll bites to rice paper pizza.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, dragonsnchurro.com

Crawfish Café
This Texas-based, Viet-Cajun seafood restaurant has unveiled its first location outside of Texas. Look for boiled and bagged seafood, poboys, etouffee, wok specialties and garlic noodles.
28 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa, crawfishcafe.com

Dave’s Hot Chicken
Dave’s serves a simple menu of chicken tenders and sliders with French fries in varying degrees of heat from no spice to medium to extra hot. Drake and Samuel Jackson are among the celebrity investors in this franchise.
1567 N. Cooper Rd., Gilbert, daveshotchicken.com

Fire Tiger Dessert Café
A new bubble tea shop specializing in brown sugar milk drinks along with a variety of Asian desserts, has opened next to H Mart in Mesa. This is Fire Tiger’s first location in the United States.
111 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa, firetigerus.com

Ghett Yo Wings
Wing lovers will want to make a beeline to Christown Spectrum Mall for baked, grilled, breaded and boneless wings with 18 sauce choices.
1703 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, ghettyowings.com

Ginny’s Kitchen
At Ginny’s Kitchen, you’ll find all-American, scratch-made dishes inspired by Ginny Shore, chef Larry Shore’s mother. Think: cornbread, po’boys, chicken pot pie and wild boar meatloaf.
32409 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, ginnyskitchenaz.com

Hello..India Indian Kitchen
This new halal restaurant promises “authentic modern and traditional Indian dishes,” from dal curry and goat masala to chicken vindaloo and lamb biryani.
14884 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, helloindiaaz.com

Hole 9 Yards
A 20,000 square-foot cornhole venue that’s open seven days a week has dropped in Gilbert, sporting a small menu of shareable dishes and a full bar.
868 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, hole9yards.com

Hooked on Sushi
This new spot boasts the freshest sushi in the Peoria area. Also on the menu: small plates, salads, entrees, including teriyaki and katsu chicken and fried rice and noodle dishes.
8345 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, hookedonsushiaz.com

Hope’s Frybread
After years of doing pop-ups and operating food stands, Hope and Aaron Peshlakai have opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Mesa where they serve frybread with sweet and savory toppings.
144 S. Mesa Dr., Mesa, hopesfrybread.com

Jefe’s Cantina
The former Loco Amigo’s space has been taken over by Jefe’s Cantina, featuring a menu of burritos, quesadillas, tacos and more.
1515 S. Price Rd., Chandler, jefescantina.com

Kitsune Brewing
North Phoenix has a new brewery that’s pouring 18 beers on tap. There’s no kitchen, but Kitsune hosts a variety of food trucks on a regular basis.
3321 W. Bell Rd., kitsunebrewingco.com

Loco J’s Tacos & Tequila
Cave Creek welcomes a new restaurant, and as the name suggests, it features tacos and tequila along with other Mexican dishes.
28260 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek, loco-js.com

Lucky’s Pizza
A second branch of this New York-style pizzeria has surfaced in Peoria.
20283 N. Lake Pleasant Rd., Peoria, luckyspizza67.com

This international mochi donut and Korean rice flour hot dog shop has opened a second Valley location, this time in Peoria.
7549 W Cactus Rd., Peoria, mochinut.com

Paco’s Tacos N Sips
The owners of  The Bread and Honey House on Van Buren have turned the space into a taco shop. Still hankering for Bread and Honey House? The Arcadia location on Indian School remains open.
4700 E. Van Buren St, Phoenix, 602-275-6996

Playa Bowls
New Jersey-based Playa Bowls now has two locations in the Valley, Scottsdale and Queen Creek. Look for acai, pitaya and coconut bowls and smoothies.
24750 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, playabowls.com

Sakura Sushi
All you can eat sushi: $18.99 lunch; $26.99 dinner. Sakura also whips up a la carte wok, udon and teriyaki dishes.
1545 S. Power Rd., Mesa, sakurasushimesa.com

New restaurant, sports bar and nightlife experience in Tempe features 70 TVs, lawn games and Instagrammable  menu items. At night, this Tempe hotspot will have live DJs, bottle service and “over-the-top presentations.”
640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, six40rty.com

Sugo Bistro
You’ll find handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza and bruschetta boards brought to you buy Chef Chris Castro and Anthony Esparza.
16580 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, sugobistro.com

This Chandler nightclub has a menu of small bites and sushi rolls along with some fun cocktails, including a banana espresso martini.
2301 S. Stearman Dr., Chandler, c2301.com

The folks at Undertow have debuted a nautical-themed craft cocktail bar experience at Epicenter in Gilbert.
3150 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert, drinkundertow.com

YC’s Mongolian Grill
The long awaited Scottsdale YC’s has opened. Come prepared to overstuff your bowls and mix your favorite sauces.
14850 N. 87th St., Scottdale, ycs-mongoliangrill.com


The Bread and Honey House on Van Buren has closed, but the owners have turned the eatery into Paco’s Tacos N Sips. 

Lulu’s Taco Shop in Gilbert has closed due to a fire in a neighboring business, but will reopen at a later date.

The owners of Sushi Yuki in Peoria retired in August, closing the restaurant after six years. Hooked on Sushi has taken over the location.

Tucked Away Craft Kitchen & Bar in Mesa has transformed into a catering kitchen and private event space.


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