October 2023 Restaurant Openings & Closings

Marilyn HawkesNovember 7, 2023
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PIEfection | Photo by Mirelle Inglefield
PIEfection | Photo by Mirelle Inglefield

Openings

Angie’s Prime Grill
The Angie’s Lobster folks are opening a food truck for their new drive-thru concept at 19th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road until the restaurant is ready in March 2024. They will offer USDA prime steak, organic chicken and lobster tails grilled to order served in rice bowls, burritos and salads.
angiesprimegrill.com

Bar Cena
Cast Iron Concepts (chef Dom Ruggiero) has opened a cocktail and dining establishment next door to sister restaurant Hush Public House with a chef-driven menu and enhanced cocktail program.
14202 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, barcenascottsdale.com

Barrio Bread
On Tuesdays, you can pick up bread from Tucson’s James Beard Award-winning baker Don Guerra at Hayden Flour Mills’ kitchen in Gilbert.
932 N. Colorado St., Gilbert. barriobread.com

Big Nate’s Family BBQ
A second location of this family-owned restaurant has opened in east Mesa. Look for smoked meat plates, sandwiches and meat by the pound with home-style sides.
6750 E Main St. Mesa, bnfbbq.com

Bully Brew Co.
New coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch has opened at Park West.
9828 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, bullybrewco.com

The Craftsman Cocktails & Kitchen
For “creative comfortable food and drink,” check out Craftsman’s third location in Buckeye/Verrado. Craft cocktails and a hearty menu with something for everybody.
19680 W. Indian School Rd., Buckeye, thecraftsmanaz.com

Doughbird
Fox Restaurant Concepts has opened a second Doughbird at The Colony, featuring hand-stretched pizza and rotisserie chicken, along with Fly Bye-inspired wings and chicken tenders.
5600 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, eataatdoughbird.com

DraftKings Sportsbook
This 13,000-square-foot sportsbook is a partnership between DraftKings and the PGA Tour. In addition to betting opportunities and TV walls, there is a restaurant serving American fare and a large central bar with indoor and outdoor seating.
8129 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, draftkingssportsbook.tpc.com/scottsdale 

Fleet Coffee & Cocktails
A new coffee shop from Austin has opened on Roosevelt Row in the Moontower Phoenix apartment complex that also serves beer, wine and cocktails and a limited food menu.
811 N. Third St., Phoenix, fleetcoffee.com

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill
New to Arizona national chain with Greek favorites that include spanakopita, dolmades, Greek salad, gyros, souvlaki plates and more.
9280 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, thegreatgreekgrill.com

Grounds on 2nd
You’ll find a coffee and craft beer and wine bar, salads, wraps and sandwiches at this new spot in the former Chadwick’s Urban Market space.
3703 N. 69th St., Scottsdale, 480-590-6489

High Stakes Pizza
Neighborhood pizza and wings joint with pickup and delivery only has taken over the Old Country Buffet space, featuring house-made pizza dough.
6625 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, highstakespizza.com

Laffa & Co.
Hummus, shawarma and rice-based Persian dishes headline the menu at this Mediterranean restaurant in the Tempe Food Court. Pickup and delivery.
1900 E. Fifth St., Tempe, laffatempe.com

LumberjAxes
This axe-throwing spot has moved from its original Tempe location to Tempe Marketplace.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, axethrowingphx.com

PIEfection
A fourth location of this popular, homegrown pie shop has opened in Queen Creek.
20311 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, piefectionaz.com

Poppy’s Office
Poppy’s Office, a tribute to the late Paul Keeler of Keeler Hospitality Group, has opened in North Scottsdale, showcasing family photos, mementos and memorabilia from Keeler’s favorite sports teams.
34522 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, poppysoffice.com

Spencer’s Place
A second location for this coffee and tea cafe staffed by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
15116 N. Cotton Lane, Surprise, spencersplaceaz.com

Thanks A Brunch
You’ll find breakfast burritos, eggs Benedict, French toast, breakfast tacos and a small lunch menu along with a plant-based menu at this new Gilbert eatery.
734 N. McQueen Rd., Gilbert, thanksabrunchaz.com

The Toasted Owl Cafe
The Newton (Changing Hands, Southern Rail) is now home to a brunch restaurant from Flagstaff that features some great looking breakfast and lunch items, including smashed avocado toast, prosciutto and Brie omelet, Cobb salad and a grilled Reuben sandwich.
300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, thetoastedowl.com

Closing

Stephen Jones is closing Larder + Delta in Downtown Phoenix after eight years because he was unable to reach a lease agreement. You can still catch Larder + Delta at the Footprint Center during Suns games.

Joyful Chinese Dining in Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch has closed its doors.

After nine months, Lowdown Vegan late-night vegan drive through at 15th Street and McDowell Road has closed.

Matty G’s Steakburgers & Lobsta’ Rolls has closed its Chandler location after one year.

Simon’s Hot Dogs in Old Town Scottsdale, owned by Colombian couple Marcela and Felipe Roldan, recently shuttered due to a rent increase. They announced on Instagram that they are taking a “temporary hiatus.”