January 2023 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesFebruary 6, 2023
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Aleppo roasted butternut squash at Eden Rooftop Bar


Barro’s Pizza
After 20 years, the Chandler branch of this family-owned, made-to-order pizza restaurant is moving to a bigger space in Las Tiendas Village. They also dish up wings, sandwiches, pasta and salads.
2935 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, barrospizza.com

BJ’s Brewhouse
This national chain offers 48 beers on tap and a full menu, featuring everything from salads and pizzas to burgers and tacos.
14950 W. McDowell Rd., Goodyear, bjsrestaurants.com

Cartel Roasting Co.
Desert Ridge Marketplace now has a Cartel Coffee outpost.
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, cartelroasting.com

Casa de Mambo
A new Dominican restaurant has opened across from the former Fiesta Mall. Look for empanadas, fried yuca, Cubanos and fried green plantains.
1130 W. Grove Ave., Mesa, 480-534-6235

The Craftsman Cocktails + Kitchen
The former Cotton & Copper space in Tempe is now home to a second location of Craftsman Cocktails + Kitchen.
1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, thecraftsmanaz.com

Decadent Macaron
You’ll find macarons, pastries and other desserts to go along with a “carefully-curated” coffee and tea menu at this tastefully designed bakery.
2438 S. Recker Rd., Gilbert, decadentmacaron.com

DEZ Burrito Company
The folks behind DEZ Burrito food truck have made the transition to a brick-and-mortar location in Chandler, serving made from scratch, original family recipes.
1929 E. Ray Rd., Chandler, 480-963-7093

Eden Rooftop Bar
The LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix is now the Eden Rooftop Bar, featuring craft cocktails and coastal Mediterranean cuisine.
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

El Tacontento Mexican Grill
A new Chandler grill features tacos, quesadillas, burritos, tostados and gorditas.
960 N. 54th St., Chandler

Fatbee Café
A new spot in Chandler has hand-crafted espresso drinks and authentic artisan boba along with waffles and ice cream.
4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, fatbeecafe.com

Federal American Grill
Texas-based restaurant with loads of menu choices from steaks and pasta to seafood and burgers, and more than 500 whiskey choices.
7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale, thefederalgrill.com

Hash Kitchen
Elevated boozy brunch comes to P83 shopping, dining and entertainment district in Peoria.
16222 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, hashkitchen.com

Knockout Café
New café serving sandwiches and Thai food in the former Knuckle Sandwiches space.
325 W. Elliot Rd., Tempe, knockoutcafeaz.com

The Liar’s Club
The Downtown Deli space has been transformed into The Liar’s Club, a cocktail bar with beer and pizza.
130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, liarsclubphx.com

Mici Italian
Family-owned, fast-casual chain based in Denver opens a second Arizona location. Look for a tidy menu of pizza, pasta and salads.
24750 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, miciitalian.com

Housed in Chandler’s 99 Ranch Market, Mochinut offers mochi donuts, hot dogs, bubble tea drinks and soft-serve ice cream.
1920 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, mochinut.com

Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop
California-based sandwich shop opens at Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, featuring hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads.
10791 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, mrpickles.com

New Penny Café
Full-service coffee bar serves up smoothie bowls and house-made pastries along with breakfast and lunch items. The café also serves an assortment of cocktails.
735 N. 114th Ave., Avondale, instagram.com/newpennycafe

Pop Pot & Tea
If you’re looking for Taiwanese food, Pop Pot & Tea will be your new go-to restaurant.
2015 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler, poppotaz.com

Quench Taps & Tapas
A wine and beer bar offering a small tapas menu, weekly specials and weekend brunch opens in Surprise.
14010 N. Litchfield Rd., Surprise, quenchtaps.com

Recreo Cantina
Recreo has rebranded as Recreo Cantina with a new Mexican food menu, upgraded cocktails and live entertainment.
28 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler, recreoaz.com

The Sandwich Spot
California-based sandwich shop offers 27 specialty sandwiches (with Arizona-themed names), along with basic sandwiches and sides.
1219 E. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, thesandwichspot.com

SunSet Wine Bistro
The Shops at Gainey Village welcomes a new wine bistro with a limited food menu in the former Sophie’s Café space.
8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, sunsetwinebistro.com

Tacos Chilango
A second location for this family-owned taqueria serving Mexico City-style street food and artisanal tortillas.
19425 W. Indian School Rd., Litchfield Park, tacoschilango.com

Tacos Veganos
This vegan street-style taco truck has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
3301 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, aztacosveganos.com

Bacon-wrapped burritos, specialty tacos and plates headline this west Phoenix taqueria.
2919 N. 59th Ave., Phoenix, tatemados.com

Then Burger
Upscale burgers, ranging in price from $17 for the vegetarian “Shrute” to $36 for the Marrow and Mushroom burger. Full cocktail and beer bar.
9220 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, thenburger.com


Chandler’s Bap and Chicken, serving Korean-American food, has called it quits.

Chesapeake Bay Seafood has closed its Ahwatukee location, but will keep its Tempe Food Court ghost kitchen open.

Decadent Macaron has shuttered its Chandler location, but has opened a new shop in Gilbert.

Houston-based Fuddruckers has closed its Tempe location on Priest Drive.

Lola’s Tacos in Phoenix closed its brick-and-mortar location and will go back to dishing out of the food truck.

Mr. Chao’s Asia Bistro has served its last dish after 20 years in Ahwatukee.