April 2023 Restaurant Openings & Closings

Marilyn HawkesMay 9, 2023
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Brekky Brunch
A new breakfast spot featuring chicken fried steak and eggs and a build-your-own breakfast option has opened in the former Biscuits location.
2040 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 480-899-0758

The folks from Nana’s Kitchen have opened a sports bar with a plant-based menu and mocktails.
777 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, azbyov.com

Caliente Mexican Grill
Tacos, burritos and bowls, quesadillas and breakfast offerings abound at Caliente’s second location.
1855 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, calienteaz.com

Cartel Roasting Co.
A 13th Cartel location is now open in Durham Hall on the campus of Arizona State University.
851 S. Cady Mall, Tempe, cartelroasting.co

Casa Ramos
Mexican staples at the newly revived Casa Ramos include carnitas and tacos.
1526 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-272-7220

Daily Drip Coffee & Desserts
A second location for this coffee and dessert-focused café, featuring honey-lavender lattes and a nice selection of crepes.
6430 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, 480-564-1859

The Falls
You’ll find classic hand-crafted American fare from burgers to brick oven pizza to main dishes, all overlooking Granite Falls Golf Club.
15955 W. Clearview Blvd., Surprise, thefallsaz.com

Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
Build-your-own enchiladas and tacos, savory soups and frosty margaritas headline the menu at Gadzook’s new Agritopia location.
3150 E. Ray Rd.,  Gilbert, gadzooksaz.com

Hornbill Sushi & Asian Fusion
Asian fusion cuisine with a local and seasonal focus. Dine in or take out.
1618 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, hornbillsushi.com

The Irish Cowboy
Formerly known as The Union Jack Pub, this Irish restaurant features Irish food and drinks along with live music.
1774 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, 480-590-8505

LA Crab Shack
For Louisiana style crabs, lobster, clams and mussels steamed to order along with oysters, fajita shrimp trays and Louisiana Cajun boil, visit LA Crab Shack’s second location, now in Peoria.
6750 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, thelacrabshack.com

A unique restaurant and bar tucked away between the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Arizona Science Center serves foods from Africa and the African diaspora.
628 E. Adams St., Phoenix, lathaphx.com

Lucky Lou’s American Kitchen
Vegas-themed American grill serving breakfast, lunch and dinner has opened in Mesa’s Village Square at Dana Park.
1850 S. Val Vista Dr., luckylouskitchen.com

Mesquite Fresh Street Mex
Speedy Street Tacos has been rebranded as Mesquite Fresh and will still serve tacos along with burritos, quesadillas and protein bowls.
4002 E. Washington St., Phoenix, eatmesquite.com

Mug N Shot Gilbert
A new sports bar with a good selection of draft beers, craft cocktails and gastropub grub has replaced 100 North Bar.
100 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-741-1030

Paradise Valley Burger Co.
This award-winning burger joint has opened a second location in Tempe.
815 E. Baseline Road, Tempe, pvburgercompany.com

Pasta Joint
For a quick meal, pick up pasta dishes and meatball subs at this take-out only restaurant.
3050 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, pastajointaz.com

Pocha 54
Late-night, Korean-style pub with tapas and Korean-inspired cocktails with indoor and outdoor seating.
5415 E. High St., Phoenix, pocha54.com

Princess Pita
A “one-stop” Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant from the owners of Mesa’s Princess Market.
1158 W. Washington St., Tempe, princesspitas.com

Instrumental Hospitality (Belly Kitchen & Bar and Sin Muerte) has rolled out its first bar with “an immersive cocktail experience.”
341 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, quartzphx.com

Tap N Tikka
The former TC’s Pub & Grub in Gilbert is now home to Tap N Tikka, a restaurant serving Indian cuisine and American cocktails.
25 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert, tapntikka.net

Tulum Modern Mexican
The Westgate Entertainment District now boasts a new restaurant that reflects the “rustic and elegant vibe” of Tulum, Mexico.
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale, 623-335-2613

W&Z Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
You’ll find all your favorites, from sushi and sashimi to noodles and tempura at the newest W&Z location in Tempe.
9880 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, wzasian.com


Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue in Cave Creek has closed after 14 years because owners Bryan and Donna Dooley would like to pursue other interests.

Chandler’s Double Dutch Kitchen & Cocktails has called it quits after less than two years.

Matty G’s Steakburgers at Scottsdale and Thunderbird Roads in Scottsdale has shut its doors after seven months.

The last remaining Arizona location of Roy’s Pacific Rim restaurant at Desert Ridge JW Marriott has shuttered after 20 years.

Super Dragon Chinese Cuisine in Phoenix has closed after 24 years due to the owners’ retirement.