Openings/Closings

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Kaleb Copenhaver believes that passion is the most important ingredient when it comes to making pizza. “You can buy the good flour, good products and a good oven, but you can’t buy the passion,” says the 22-year-old chef and entrepreneur. “That’s the most important thing.” Copenhaver’s passions include pizza and music. He recently rolled his two obsessions into one with his new culinary concept, Reel Pizza Pies, slated to open in Surprise in early April....

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GuacStar Kitchen and Cantina, a new one-of-a-kind plant-based restaurant and bar, is coming to Tempe in early March. This full-service Cantina will be located at the Cornerstone Mall across from Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. “Everything is going to be edible art,” says executive chef Vincent Contreras. “It’s not going to be a plant-based restaurant, it’s just going to be a great restaurant.” GuacStar will feature Mexican-inspired cuisine that is completely plant-based, and the majority...

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Scottsdale Fashion Square is becoming the ideal spot for foodies with new restaurants popping up everywhere you turn. The latest addition, Zinqué (pronounced zinc-kay) had its grand opening this past week and I was lucky enough to snag an invite to their media event. The relaxed but stylish Euro-inspired restaurant mimics cafes found in the South of France, Italy and Spain where guests can start with a latte and end with a glass of wine....

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Kaleidoscope Juice, a local health and wellness company, will open its eighth Valley location in Gilbert next month. Kaleidoscope offers fresh-pressed juices, nutritious smoothies, coffee, acai bowls, grab-and-go salads and gluten-free baked goods. It uses high quality, organic ingredients that are locally sourced when possible. The new location will feature a walnut wood bar, banquet seating and a community table. It will also include a baking production area that will allow the company to expand...

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Bryan McCormick’s dream of bringing his brewery to the 12 West building in downtown Mesa has become a reality. McCormick founded 12 West Brewing with Noel Garcia in 2016. The pair began brewing on a one-barrel system at its original location at Barnone in Gilbert and quickly started producing on a 10-barrel system due to increased demand. Now, the duo is finally expanding their business to a former events venue at 12 West Main Street...

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Marauders, a pirate-themed bar and restaurant that recently opened in south Tempe, is “built by musicians for musicians,” according to owner D.L. Marble. The singer-songwriter identifies with the pirate lifestyle, spending much of his time on his sailboat in San Carlos, Mexico and frequently visiting San Diego. He is also a yacht rock enthusiast, so he named many of the nautical watering hole’s cocktails after songs of the genre. Marauders features drinks, many of which...

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Restauranteur M. Dana Mule’s new Hula’s Modern Tiki location is set to open this January on High Street in north Phoenix. “You’ll get everything you used to at Hula’s but with a slightly different perspective,” Mule says. The new space will depict the same ’50s and ’60s modern mid-century inspired tiki bar elements like the Old Town Scottsdale and Uptown Phoenix locations, but Mule says this new restaurant will be beachier and “a little less...

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A Taco Bell Cantina is opening at the former Restaurant Mexico site on Mill Avenue in Tempe. A Taco Bell spokesperson confirmed that the cantina is set to open before 2020. The site at 423 S. Mill Avenue previously housed Restaurant Mexico, which had been around for nearly four decades in four different locations. Its doors closed on August 15, as owner Carolina Chavarria, 83, was ready to retire from the restaurant business. The new...

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OEB Breakfast Co. owner and founder Mauro Martina believes breakfast means so much more than the first meal of the day. The award-winning Canadian concept puts a creative spin on breakfast classics, offering inventive eats like Nutella French toast and blue crab eggs Benedict. OEB is opening its first U.S. location in Scottsdale next month. “It’s about elevating the whole breakfast experience,” Martina says. “That’s what OEB is all about.” The restaurant will be located...

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Donut Bar’s Scottsdale location closed abruptly last week, according to an Instagram post from franchise owner Sheley Brien. The San Diego-based donut shop known for its extravagant, Instagram-worthy culinary concoctions, opened in The Promenade shopping center in November 2018. “We regretfully announce the closure of Donut Bar Scottsdale on Monday, October 16th, 2019. We have enjoyed being a part of our hometown community and appreciate how welcoming everyone was to us,” the post says. “We...

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Husband and wife Jason and Katherine Dwight are bringing something new to the Uptown Phoenix area. The duo recently opened a restaurant and bakery called Persepshen – pronounced “perception” – in the space formerly known as Hula’s Modern Tiki on Central Avenue and Camelback Road. Their menu reflects high-quality, farm-to-table recipes and will change daily to incorporate fresh, local and organic ingredients. Persepshen spent two years at the Uptown Farmers Market selling sandwiches, smoked sausages,...

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A new cocktail concept just opened at The Churchill, an urban marketplace made of shipping containers in Downtown Phoenix. The all-new bar, So Far, So Good, will replace Pobrecito, which closed on August 31. Spearheaded by The Churchill’s new beverage director, Sam Olguin, So Far, So Good will serve unique cocktails featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. “So Far, So Good is an approachable neighborhood cocktail bar, where we’re not pigeonholed to a certain type...

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Oreo cheesecake and Jack Daniels. Peanut butter dream and Bailey’s. Orange glazed pistachio and Grand Marnier. These are just a few flavor combinations of “drunken donuts” offered by DōH!, a new donut shop in Uptown Phoenix helmed by Brat Haus owner Dave Andrea. These boozy breakfast treats are injected with a shot of specialty liquor and served with a pipette protruding from the donut’s sugary center. Customers can pair their booze-infused pastry with coffee from...

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What was once Tucson’s best kept secret has arrived to the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Prep & Pastry has been housed in Tucson for six years, and Scottsdale will be its first location in the Valley (7025 E. Via Soleri Dr.). Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., it will serve breakfast, lunch, and brunch daily, along with craft cocktails, house-steeped teas and organic fair trade coffee. The warm and welcoming atmosphere seats up...

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