January 2024 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Marilyn HawkesFebruary 5, 2024
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Opening

A Sushi & Grill
A new sushi restaurant has opened in Tempe that also serves grilled items, tempura, salads, fried rice, yakisoba dishes and soups.
1807 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, asushiandgrill.com

Bar Bianco
In December, Chris Bianco opened a second Bar Bianco in the former Tratto location, adjacent to Pizzeria Bianco in the Town & Country shopping center. The limited food menu includes antipasto, bar snacks and focaccia.
4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, pizzeriabianco.com

Barrio Brewing Co.
Barrio Brewing Co. has landed at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, serving up beers on tap, elevated pub grub and a stellar view for aviation buffs.
702 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, barriobrewingphoenix.com

Bear and the Honey Bakery
A bakery and coffee bar that also serves salads and sandwiches has opened in the Moon Valley area.
777 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, bearandthehoney.com

Born & Bred
The folks from Aftermath have opened an American eatery in downtown Chandler, dishing up a variety of appetizers, burgers, short ribs, seafood and pasta. In the former Truland Burgers & Greens space.
150 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, bornandbreadarizona.com

Eclipse Cookies & Coffee Bar
You’ll find snickerdoodle, birthday cake and chocolate chip cookies here along with a build-your-own cookie bar and coffee drinks.
321 W. McKellips Rd., Mesa, eclipsecookies.org

El Patron New Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Gainey Village Center is now home to El Patron, a restaurant with roots in Albuquerque that serves everything from tacos and enchiladas to steaks and green chicken chile alfredo.
8977 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, elpatronaz.com

El Tataki Sushi Fusion
A third location for this locally owned restaurant that marries traditional Japanese sushi with Mexican sushi found in Sonora and Sinaloa.
1410 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, eltatakisushi.com

Foley Ranch Boots & BBQ
Desert Ridge Marketplace welcomes this new BBQ concept from the people behind Scramble and Half Moon Sports Grill. Expect a variety of barbecue dishes (ribs, chicken, beef brisket)  along with live country music and dancing.
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, foleyranch.com

Fruitilandia and Taqueria Factory
This Arizona-based company has opened its first dual-concept restaurant at Arizona Mills mall, offering the best of both: Latin and Mexican drinks and desserts and Mexican dishes, including carne asada and shrimp tacos.
5025 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, taqueriafactory.com ; fruitilandia.com

Gio’s Chicago Pizza
Strip center Chicago-style pizzeria opens in Glendale, also serving hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and wings.
4422 W Peoria Ave, Glendale, 623-248-3538

Happy Lemon
Welcome a new spot for bubble tea that has locations in 21 countries. The menu includes salted cheese teas, lemon teas, smoothies and four kinds of bubble waffles.
1840 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, happylemonusa.com

Hugo’s Cantina
Aaron and Jared Pool of Gadzooks have opened a cantina in the former Sin Muerte space in downtown Phoenix.
817 N. First St., Phoenix, hugosphx.com

Izakaya Ramen
Chef Jared Lupin masterminds ramen along with other Asian-inspired dishes at this new Moon Valley eatery “where every bowl tells a story.”
777 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, izakayaramen.com

Jai Thai
Look for spring rolls and potstickers, pho, noodle dishes, fried rice and meat and seafood entrees at this new Sun City restaurant. Jai Thai also offers lunch specials.
9803 W. Bell Rd., Sun City, 480-635-4801

Jake’s Sweet Shoppe
Known for its over-the-top desserts, including unicorn cotton candy tacos, huge shakes and sundaes, Jake’s also sells classic candy.
58 W. Buffalo St., Chandler, jakessweetshoppe.com

Kasai
Scottsdale Japanese steakhouse expands into Peoria’s Park West shopping center, featuring teppanyaki, sushi and craft cocktails.
9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, kasaiteppan.com

La Sen
Specializing in Vietnamese street food, La Sen dishes up shaking beef, pho, banh mi and other Southeast Asian delights in the former Double Dutch Kitchen & Cocktails.
1890 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, lasenrestaurant.net

Macayo’s Mexican Food
Valley Mexican restaurant Macayo’s has added a Queen Creek address to its roster of locations. Along with regular menu items, Macayo’s also has a pretty substantial vegetarian menu.
22460 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, macayo.com

Santo Arcadia
Espiritu chef Robert Centeno and Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin of Tacos Chiwas and Cocina Chiwas, have opened a new neighborhood Mexican eatery in Arcadia. Menu items include lobster tostadas, birria dumplings and light fried hamachi collars.
4418 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix, santoarcadia.com

Scottsdale Resort & Spa in McCormick Ranch has recently undergone a $40 million remodel and has four new restaurants: La Fogata, featuring Sonoran-inspired dishes cooked over an open fire; The Madam, a Roaring Twenties speakeasy with craft cocktails and small bites; The Social Boardroom, former resort boardroom transformed into a casual lounge for all ages serving pizza and wings; Barnaby’s Café & Wine Bar, café with a focus on healthy dishes and a global wine list.
7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, thescottsdaleresort.com

Someburros
Mexican food favorite Someburros has opened its 15th Valley outlet in Norterra.
2525 W. Jomax Rd., Phoenix, someburros.com

Sushi Island
Sushi is front and center at this new restaurant that recently opened in Bell Tower Plaza. The menu also features sashimi and noodle dishes, along with lunch specials.
6334 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, 480-659-2480

Sweet Time Bakery
Located in Mekong Plaza, this new bakery whips up a variety of interesting baked goods, including hodo cakes, coconut bread and pecan shortbread cookies.
66 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa, 480-287-6069

Szechwan Kitchen
A new Chinese restaurant specializing in Szechwan dishes has opened in the Melrose District. Eat-in and takeout available.
4402 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, szechwan-kitchen.com

Taco Boys
A “fiesta of flavors” awaits at Phoenix-based Taco Boys’ fifth Valley location. Load up on tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a host of other Sonoran-style grub.
2949 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, aztacoboys.com

Taco Papi
You’ll find Mexican breakfast dishes, tacos, burritos, protein plates and more at this new Scottsdale eatery.
14891 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale, tacopapi.com

The Taco Spot
Tacos, birria ramen, burritos and vampiros galore at Taco Spot’s new fifth location.
13011 W. Greenway Rd., El Mirage, tacospotaz.com

Tempe Taco Supply
Located in the Vib Hotel lobby, Taco Supply offers tacos, wings and small plates and margaritas.
511 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, mcdevitttacosupply.com

théa Mediterranean Rooftop
Shareable Mediterranean cuisine, lavish cocktails and live DJ entertainment with dramatic Camelback Mountain views at local restauranteur Sam Fox’s The Global Ambassador Hotel.
4360 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, globalambassadorhotel.com

Thundercat Lounge
Retro dance club encompassing 3,000 square feet has opened in downtown Phoenix with a karaoke room and drinks influenced by the ’80s and ’90s.
747 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 602-789-3600

Uchi
Founded by James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole, Austin-based Uchi will offer non-traditional Japanese cuisine, sushi and seasonal omakase. Uchi, which means “house” in Japanese, has taken over the former Bandera location in Old Town Scottsdale.
3821 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, uchirestaurants.com

Viet Fusion
An Asian fusion restaurant with an emphasis on Vietnamese fare has opened in Chandler, sporting a good selection of appetizers, noodle soups and rice bowls.
393 W. Warner Rd., Chandler, vietfusionaz.com

Wayback Burgers
This new-to-market burger chain with 170 locations has a slew of burgers, including the nine-patty burger for $23.99.
1110 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, waybackburgers.com

Yumbar
Some substantial appetizers here, including curried coconut shrimp and warm spinach and artichoke dip, sandwiches, salads, bowls and cocktails at this casual spot in The Royale from the owner of Fez, Mark Howard.
635 W. Glenrosa Ave., Phoenix, @yumbar_melrose

Closing

Tempe’s Badlands Bar & Grill has closed after two years, but the owners plan to open in Queen Creek.

BS West, a popular bar serving the LGBTQIA+ community for 35 years in Old Town Scottsdale, has shut its doors.

Mesa’s Burrito Shack has closed after 17 years because the building is outdated and didn’t meet today’s standards. The owners have launched a GoFundMe campaign to relocate.

Grand Avenue Pizza has closed after 10 years, so owner Carson Wheeler can spend more time with his family.

New Mexico-based Little Anita’s in Chandler that opened in 2022 has closed, but the 16th Street and Thomas Road location remains open.

After four years, family-owned Parrish’s in Mesa has called it quits.

The Tatum and Shea location of Uncle Bear’s Grill & Tap has closed after two years, but all other locations remain open.