February 2023 Restaurant Openings & Closings

Marilyn HawkesMarch 15, 2023
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Opening

Acqua Di’ Mare
Mediterranean restaurant with tableside cooking, indoor and outdoor dining and an emphasis on seafood, has opened in downtown Chandler.
106 S. Oregon St., Chandler, acquadimare.us

Angie’s Lobster
The folks at Salad and Go have opened a Tempe branch of their lobster drive-through concept.  They also serve breakfast with and without lobster.
835 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe, angieslobster.com

Arboleda
Coastal Mediterranean fare at Scottsdale Quarter in an open concept dining room with a center olive tree. Light, clean and approachable food, sourced from local farms and purveyors when possible.
15345 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, arboledaaz.com

Brave Korean Barbecue
All you can eat Korean barbecue with abundant protein choices.
1743 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-687-0001

Chic Chef 77
Upscale bistro and wine bar owned and operated by Nik Fields features a fun menu with bar bites that include buffalo chicken dip, crisp French fries with truffle garlic aioli and mussels. Fields also serves a small brunch menu with mimosa and sangria flights.
1221 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, chicchef77.com

Chilte
First brick-and-mortar location for Chilte (at the Egyptian Motor Hotel), featuring morning coffee and pastries, a tidy dinner menu that includes a mole flight with grilled lamb ribs and weekend brunch stocked with quiche and crispy potato tacos.
765 Grand Ave., Phoenix, chiltephx.com

Country Griddle
Homestyle breakfast and lunch spot with all the usual suspects: egg dishes, pancakes, Mexican breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers and salads.
330 N. Dysart Rd., Goodyear, countrygriddleaz.com

Crust Brothers Pizza
Family-owned pizzeria opens a second location, featuring pizza, subs and salads.
5100 S. McClintock, Tempe, crustbrotherspizza.com

Desert Pony Tavern
Southwest-inspired gastropub with open-air style dining, serves up a la carte breakfast and breakfast buffet, salads, sandwiches, a handful of entrees and craft cocktails. Live music on the patio some evenings.
7965 E. Cavasson Blvd., Scottsdale, desertponytavern.com

Dos Pink Tacos
Vegan tacos, burritos and other Mexican specialties abound in the former Ay Chabela bungalow space in downtown Phoenix.
719 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, dospinktacos.com    

Hamburguesas Y Cervezas
You’ll find Mexican-inspired burgers and beer along with a nice selection of appetizers, salads and tortas.
888 N. First Ave., Phoenix, hamburguesasycervezas.com

Matt’s Big Breakfast
One of the Valley’s beloved breakfast spots has opened a branch at Epicenter in Agritopia.
3150 E. Ray Rd., Chandler, mattsbigbreakfast.com

Maya’s Kitchen
Look for a nice variety of Indian favorites from chicken tikka masala to goat curry.
2948 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, mayaskitchenaz.com

The Palms Mediterranean Kitchen
House-made pita, shawarma, hummus and gyros headline this new Mediterranean restaurant that’s open for lunch and dinner.
7811 N. 12th St., Phoenix, 480-660-0044

Papago Brewing Company
Huss Brewing Co. has opened a reimagined Papago Brewing Company in the former Brass Tap location. Sip on a selection of 60 craft draft beers and enjoy a small menu of premium bar bites.
1033 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa, papagobrew.com

Pescada
A high-end fish restaurant has debuted in DC Ranch, dishing up lobster thermidor, Mediterranean mussels, Chilean sea bass, charred octopus and a couple of meat options.
20707 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pescadascottsdale.com

Rosso Italian
Stefano Fabbri of Pomo Pizzeria shows off his considerable cooking chops at his newly-opened contemporary Italian restaurant in CityScape.
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, rossoitalian.com

Salad and Go
Two new outlets for this Valley salad franchise dynamo.
1754 W Hunt Hwy, San Tan Valley
9121 W Glendale Ave, Glendale
saladandgo.com

Teddy’s Preserve
Inspired by Teddy Roosevelt and the national parks, this Downtown watering hole has a sweet collection of craft cocktails and a small food menu provided by the Rough Rider chefs a la food truck parked outside the bar.
1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, teddyspreserve.com

Tequila Cocina + Cantina
Mexican restaurant moves into the space last occupied by Segal’s Oasis Grill & Kosher Foods.
4818 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-651-1281

Trophy Room
Billed as a cocktail bar with no food, Trophy Room doesn’t allow cell phones, so you’ll have to refrain from taking selfies during your 90-minute reservation. Patrons pay a non-refundable pre-payment of $25 per person to use for drink purchases.
2 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, bestcocktailbarphoenix.com

Closing

Gastrome Market in Scottsdale’s Gainey Ranch has closed after five months.

Valley favorite Los Sombreros has closed its uptown Phoenix location, but the Scottsdale and Mesa locations are still open.

Downtown Phoenix’s Tres Leches Café on Third Avenue has shuttered, but two other locations remain open.

The Union Jack British Pub in north Scottsdale has called it quits, but you can catch them at the Mesa location.