May 2023 Restaurant Openings & Closings

Marilyn HawkesJune 2, 2023
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The Vig opened its sixth Valley location at Park West in Peoria last month. | Photo courtesy Genuine Concepts


Bourbon & Bones
Scottsdale-based Square One Concepts has opened a third location of its upscale steakhouse at 83 Marketplace with striking views of Sunrise Mountain Preserve.
24985 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria,

Brunch Problems
As the name suggests, you’ll find brunch fare here that includes strawberry waffles, fish and grits and bacon and eggs. If you’re feeling splurgy, order up a chicken fried lobster tail.
2603 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-248-3864

A new spot for Thai-style spicy fried chicken and wings that also serves house-made lemonade.
20260 N. 59th Ave., Glendale,

The SodaRush folks have opened a gourmet cookie shop with a rotating medley of cookies, sodas and other treats.
4960 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler, @cookierushaz

Celebrated chef Cory Oppold (Atlas Bistro, Tarbell’s) has opened a new restaurant, featuring five-course (Tuesday and Wednesday) and ten-course (Thursday through Saturday) tasting menus and a six-course Sunday brunch tasting menu.
7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale,

Daddy’s Chicken Shack
A new fried chicken franchise has opened in the Valley, this one owned by Valley resident Dave Liniger, founder of RE/MAX. Look for chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, fries and a chicken sandwich tasting flight.
11107 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,

Breakfast choices abound at Eggstasy’s sixth location, including corn beef hash and eggs, avocado toast, lemon ricotta pancakes and chicken and biscuits.
5021 S. Power Rd., Mesa,

Fate Brewing
Uptown Phoenix is now home to a third Valley location of Fate Brewing, featuring 17 Fate beers on tap, elevated pub food and weekly specials.
4445 N. Seventh St., Phoenix,

Goldwater Brewing Co.
Family-owned and operated brewery with locations in Scottsdale and Mesa has opened a third tap room with 31 taps in south Tempe at The Crossings.
9895 S. Priest Dr., Tempe,

Jinya Ramen Bar
This California-based ramen franchise features six ramen broths with house-made noodles and Japanese appetizers, salads and rice bowls.
5120 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,

JL’s Smokehouse
Lots of great barbecue choices at JL’s second location, from ribs and smoked sausage to brisket and pulled pork.
2650 E. University Dr., Mesa,

K-Monster Chicken
Look for Korean fried chicken with different sauces at this counter inside 99 Ranch Market.
1920 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, @kmonsterchicken

Master Jianbing
Mekong Plaza now has a restaurant that serves jianbing, a traditional Chinese street food that resembles a crepe with fillings like barbecued pork, shrimp and fried chicken.
66 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa, @master_jianbing

Midwest Wings
Chicken wings, tenders and loaded fries rule the roost here.
2821 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, @midwestwingsaz

Mijana Express
The folks from Mijana have opened a fast-casual version of their Tempe Lebanese restaurant in north Phoenix, featuring kebabs, shawarma and falafel.
3923 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix,

Momma’s Soul Fish & Chicken
Chicken wings, catfish and chips, St. Louis-style ribs and fried shrimp headline the menu at this new soul food restaurant.
15414 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, 480-435-2203

Nad’s Chicken & Seafood
You’ll find Southern fried cooking that includes fried catfish and hush puppies at this fast-casual restaurant in the former Flavors of Louisiana space.
315 W. Elliot, Tempe, 480-597-4138

Nick the Greek
A California-based, fast-casual Greek restaurant that has locations in six states has set up shop at CityScape.
11 W. Washington St., Phoenix,

Papa Locos
Halal Mexican food and burgers at the Gilbert location of this Tucson-based eatery.
743 S. Lindsay Rd., Gilbert,

If you’re looking for scratch-made pies, check out the newest location of this Valley pie shop that bakes up everything from fruit pies and quiche to cream pies and pot pies.
2100 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler,

Spinato’s Pizzeria & Family Kitchen
Epicenter at Agritopia welcomes this family-run Italian restaurant that dishes out pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads and more.
3150 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert,

Spitz Mediterranean Street Food
Desert Ridge has welcomed a Mediterranean fast-casual franchise that puts out wraps, bowls and salads, and a handful of vegan choices.
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix,

Tacos Chisco Bar & Grill
A second location for this taco shop that also serves burritos, fajita bowls and quesadillas.
1820 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, 602-607-5065

Taqueria Factory
A second Chandler location for this family-run Mexican restaurant that features tacos, burritos, quesabirria, birria ramen and nachos.
1155 W. Ocotillo Rd.,

The Trophy Bar
Billed as “the first ever car lovers’ sports bar,” The Trophy Bar has taken over the former Cherish space at the Downtown Ocotillo center. Look for tacos, burgers and wings and a full bar.
2551 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler, 480-590-2233

The Vig
Genuine Concepts has opened an outlet at Park West in Peoria, marking the sixth restaurant for this popular neighborhood tavern.
9824 W. Northern Ave., Peoria,


The Falls in Surprise has closed due to a fire after only being open for one month.

Matty G’s Steakburgers & Lobsta’ Rolls has closed its uptown outlet after three years, but the Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Flagstaff locations remain open.

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House in Mesa has closed due to the owners’ retirement.

Palette Restaurant at Phoenix Art Museum has closed after more than a decade. The museum is working with a community partner on a new restaurant that will open this fall. Stay tuned.

Truland Burgers & Greens in Chandler has closed after three plus years.