August 2023 Restaurant Openings & Closings

Marilyn HawkesSeptember 6, 2023
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Here are the local and new-to-Arizona chains that opened and closed last month. National chains are omitted.


Batch Cookie Shop
For a sweet treat, visit this new shop with a variety of goodies, including dark chocolate coconut and nutty toffee cookies.
1495 N Higley Rd. Gilbert,

Berry Divine
Travelers at Sky Harbor International Airport now have a place in Terminal 4 to grab acai bowls and smoothies.
4553 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Phoenix,

Bobby’s Burgers by Bobby Flay
Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4 now houses Bobby’s Burgers by Bobby Flay, featuring seven burger choices, a handful of sandwiches, sides and shakes.
4553 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Phoenix,

Breakfast Kitchen Bar
This brunch restaurant with an outlet at Desert Ridge Marketplace has opened another North Scottsdale location. Live DJs on the weekend.
15600 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,

Chicken N Pickle
New-to-Arizona indoor-outdoor concept with wood-fired chicken, tasty tots, seasonal salads and 11 pickleball courts and other games.
9330 W. Hanna Ln., Glendale,

Chow’s Ramen & Hibachi
As the name suggests, you’ll find ramen and hibachi selections as well as noodle and rice dishes at this new spot in Tempe.
7650 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe,

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
The former Verrado Community Welcome Center is the new home of Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, the 15th location for this local chain.
1915 N. Verrado Way, Buckeye,

Crispy Cones
New to the Arizona market, Crispy Cones offers a fresh dough cone, grilled, covered in cinnamon sugar or specialty powder and then filled with soft-serve ice cream, fruit and other toppings.
180 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler,

W Scottsdale has unveiled a new Japanese steakhouse residency, featuring  top-shelf sushi and Wagyu beef. From the folks behind Flint by Baltaire.
7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,

Elliott’s Steakhouse
Restaurateurs Gavin Jacobs and Jackie Hall of The Brickyard Downtown and The Hidden House have opened a steakhouse named after late Chandler entrepreneur Elliott Hall.
81 W. Boston St., Chandler,

Hillside Water and Ice Cream
Ahwatukee now has a shop devoted to reverse osmosis and alkaline water and Thrifty ice cream with daily specials.
4747 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix, 480-779-8018

Holiday Toast & Tap
Look for a new restaurant and bar in the former Copper & Logs space where “every day is a holiday.”
832 S. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert,

Scottsdale Fashion Square welcomes Moxies, a Canada-based upscale, but casual dining spot with an indoor-outdoor bar and a contemporary menu with everything from vegan potstickers to prime ribeye steaks.
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,

Nelson’s Meat & Fish
This popular Phoenix fresh fish and meat market has opened a north Scottsdale branch.
14224 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,

Philly’s Sports Grill
Philly’s has opened a fifth location, this time in south Tempe. They’re serving up Philly cheesesteaks, fries, wings, pizza, burgers, salads and more.
1807 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe,

Point 22 Tavern
Enjoy a casual breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner in a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere, along with a full bar.
9248 E. Cadence Pkwy., Mesa,

Shinme Cuisine
A full complement of Chinese food and sushi is available at this new West Phoenix restaurant.
2855 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix,

Someburros has opened a branch in Peoria, marking 14 locations for this Sonoran-style, family-owned Mexican restaurant.
8200 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria,

Uncle Panda Dumpling & Noodle House
Dumplings, noodles, steam buns and a lot of protein choices at this new, family-owned restaurant.
5626 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, 602-675-3838

Zingara Market
Arizona restaurateur Hera Ambrosio has opened a high-end coffee shop, bespoke market and wine bar, featuring take-away meals.
11475 N. 136th St., Scottsdale,


Chadwick’s Urban Market shut down at the end of August after three years in Old Town Scottsdale.

Increasing rent has caused Phoenix’s El Charro Hipster Bar & Café to shut its doors.

Ghett Yo Wings has closed its Ahwatukee store after 25 days due to a lease dispute.

Mike &and Daphnie Beltran have shut down Little Chef Diner, but stay tuned because they’re ramping up their Culinary Theory food truck.

Tom’s BBQ has shuttered its central Mesa location, but the Tempe, Chandler and northeast Mesa restaurants remain open.

Vegetarian restaurant, Sin Muerte, has called it quits after nine months in downtown Phoenix.