December 2022 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesJanuary 6, 2023
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Ah-wok-tukee Asian Cuisine
Clever name for a new Ahwatukee restaurant serving up egg foo young, orange chicken, Mongolian beef, lo mein and other favorites.
1420 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix,

Angie’s Lobster
Home of the $9.99 lobster meal opens a third Valley location.
1901 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Phoenix,

Black Rock Coffee
Stop by for your favorite coffee drink or smoothie at Black Rock’s newest location in Mesa.
1458 S. Signal Butte Rd., Mesa,

The Brass Tap Verde
With more than 150 craft beers from around the world, this Florida-based “ultimate beer bar” also pounds out a hefty selection of wings, pizza, tacos, burgers, salads and sandwiches.
2442 S. Recker Rd., Gilbert,

Buck & Rider
The Shops at Chauncey Ranch welcomes a 10,000 square-foot Buck & Rider, featuring fresh seafood, steaks, a 10-seat sushi bar, three private dining rooms and two spacious patios.
7015 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix,

Carolina’s Mexican Food
A fourth location for Carolina’s, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the classics here, including tacos, tamales, burritos, enchiladas and those fabulous hand-made tortillas.
5920 W. Greenway Rd., Glendale,

Tucson-based Eegee’s has opened a fifth Valley location, this time in North Phoenix. Grinders, subs and frozen treats abound.
2721 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix,

Flower Child
A sixth Valley location of Sam Fox’s healthy eating hub has opened in Chandler.
7131 W. Ray Rd., Chandler,

Fratelli la Bufala
New Italian restaurant in McCormick Ranch serving up Neapolitan pizza, pasta and some good-looking desserts, including tiramisu and warm chocolate cake.
7300 N. Via Paseo del Sur, Scottsdale,

The Green Woodpecker
Dubbed a “beer bar for everyone,” this Park Central Mall drinking spot was once home to The Green Woodpecker gift and floral boutique that closed in 2007. The bar also serves wine and tacos and has a large, comfy patio.
3110 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,

Hundred Mile Brewing Co.
A craft brewery and restaurant with a “neighborly vibe” opens by Tempe Town Lake.
690 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe,

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches
This franchise specializes in hot meat and meatless sandwiches on Dutch crunch bread served with “dirty sauce,” aka garlic aioli. You can also customize your sandwich.
1743 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,

Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria
You’ll find New York-style pizzas at Jimmy & Joe’s third location in Gilbert Gateway Towne Center.
4984 S. Power Rd., Gilbert,

Little Pickle
Yearning for hand-rolled bagels, hand-carved pastrami, matzo ball soup and smoked salmon? Check out Little Pickle, a pop up that recently opened at the Esplanade. Monday through Friday only.
2501 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Tempe Marketplace is now home to an eighth Valley location of Lou Malnati’s, featuring deep-dish, thin crust and specialty pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, salads and more.
27 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe,

Old Town Ski Lodge
If you’re looking for a ski lodge vibe minus the snow and cold weather, visit the new upstairs lounge at Wasted Grain. Boozy snow cones and s’mores martinis? Yep.
7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale,

Original Chop Shop
Popular healthy food spot featuring chopped salads, bowls, sandwiches and wraps opens a ninth Valley location at Dana Park in Mesa.
1850 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa,

Piccolo Virtu
Chef Gio Osso has launched a third Old Town Scottsdale restaurant in the former Nonna Urban Eatery space. Expect shareable plates, crudo, pasta and inventive entrees from the James Beard Award nominee.
7240 E. Main St., Scottsdale,

Pitch Cavasson
The second Scottsdale location of Nebraska-based Pitch offers an extensive assortment of brunch, lunch and dinner options that include salads, coal-fired burgers, pastas, entrees and pizzas.
18750 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,

Salad World
Build-your-own salad with more than 60 fresh ingredients, including protein options, as well as wraps and soup.
8390 W. Cactus Rd., Peoria,

Sin Muerte
The folks from Belly Kitchen & Bar have opened a vegetarian restaurant in Downtown Phoenix (in a former funeral home) that serves novel vegetarian cuisine from caramelized eggplant with cashew yogurt to smoked mushroom and walnut ragu pasta.
817 N First St., Phoenix,

Sip Fresh
California-based juice, tea, smoothie and fruit bowl shop opens its first Arizona location.
7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale,

Smoking Tiger Korean BBQ
An a la carte Korean barbecue restaurant offering USDA Prime and Wagyu meats has moved into the former Ah-So Teppanyaki & Sushi House of Japan space.
1919 S. Gilbert Rd., Mesa, 602-851-1877

SnapBack Pizzeria
The creation of chef Ryan Moreno, SnapBack has evolved from food truck to brick-and-mortar pizzeria, in the former Grand Avenue Pizza space, where he slings Neapolitan-style pies.
1031 Grand Ave., Phoenix,

Oven-grilled, never fried chicken sandwiches, tenders and wings with a variety of sauces and dry rubs. Sneakybird also serve flatbreads, salads and three different kinds of tater tots.
15801 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale,

Akshat Sethi, founder of Thai Chili 2 Go and Chef Claudio Urciuoli of Pa’La and Noble Bread, have teamed up to open an upscale, fast fine dining Mediterranean concept in Epicenter at Agritopia.
3150 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert,

With a rotating list of craft beers on tap, this East Valley taproom also sells grab-and-go beers.
4576 S. Power Rd., Gilbert,

Tipsy Chicken
This Asian-fusion spot specializes in Korean fried chicken, featuring original (crispy and savory), soy and garlic and sweet and spicy flavors.
1933 W. Main St., Mesa,

Torchy’s Tacos
Arizona’s third Torchy’s Tacos is now open in Queen Creek, offering more than 20 taco choices, from potato, egg and cheese to green chili pork.
21386 S. Ellsworth Loop Rd., Queen Creek,

The Vig
Known for its neighborhood vibe, The Vig has opened a sixth location in the shuttered Ladera Taverna y Cocina space in north Central Phoenix. Don’t miss the pozole and the braised beef dip. This is upscale tavern food at its finest.
8729 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,

World of Sourdough
In addition to more than 15 ample sandwiches on sourdough, this café serves up a nice selection of hearty soups and salads.
2915 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler,


Cider Corps craft cidery has closed its Gilbert taproom and production facility, but the Mesa location will remain open.

Gypsy Cup coffee shop in Gilbert has closed after eight months.