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Photo courtesy Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant  Openings Air Guitar Combination corner store and coffee bar with grab-and-go meals and a nice beer and wine selection lands in Gilbert. 1566 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert, airguitar4life.com Blue 32 Sports Grill This popular East Valley sports bar has opened a third location that serves everything from Buffalo wings and salads to burgers and steaks. 2028 N. Gilbert Rd., Mesa, 480-590-3569, blue32sportsgrill.com Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant A...

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Openings The Caspian Cup Gourmet shaved ice, popsicles, ice cream, handmade drinks and virgin Jell-O shots headline this San Tan Village sweet shop. 2268 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, 623-401-2720, thecaspiancup.com Flaming Pig This Phoenix Filipino restaurant features barbecue on sticks and platters along with rice and noodle-based dishes, soup, appetizers and house specials. 1534 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 623-999-7446, flaming-pig.com Fryd Bird Your one-stop shop for fried chicken is now open in Fiesta Commons...

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photo courtesy Kähvi Coffee + Cafe   Open 36 Below A new speakeasy has taken over the former UnderTow space located beneath Sip Coffee & Beer Garage. 3620 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 480-336-8812, 36belowaz.com BlackSheep Wine Bar & Merchant “Uncork and unwind” at Chandler’s newest wine bar and eatery. The restaurant serves everything from brunch to late night snacks. Watch for daily specials. 98 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, 480-912-1212, blacksheep.wine The Bread &...

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Campo Italian Bistro & Bar | Photo courtesy Studio Alcott Openings 810 Billiards & Bowling 810 Billiards & Bowling offers a full complement of entertainment as well as American pub grub and specialty cocktails, beer and wine. 3455 W. Frye Rd, Chandler, 480-576-2449, 810bowling.com Barro’s Pizza This popular Valley pizza restaurant has opened a new location at S. Idaho Road and Old West Highway in Apache Junction. 480-982-8900, barrospizza.com Buono’s Pizza Look for New York-style...

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Renata’s Hearth | Photo Courtesy Arizona Biltmore   Now open 5th Street Burgers & Fries If you’re looking for a burger, 5th Street has 10 varieties, including a build-your-own option. 1158 W. Washington Tempe, 480-912-1621, 5thsteetburgers.com Artichoke Basille’s Pizza New York-based pizzeria opens a second location in Phoenix, featuring 16- and 22-inch pies, slices and  “not pizza” starters and entrees. 6031 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-314-6776, artichokepizza.com Brooklyn V’s Pizza Brooklyn native Vito LoPiccolo opens his...

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Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group  Opened Barrio Queen One of the Valley’s most popular Mexican restaurants opens its seventh location in Avondale, with a 3,095 square-foot covered patio. 10455 W. McDowell Road, Avondale, 623-257-3900, barrioqueen.com Biscuits East Valley favorite for breakfast and lunch opens an outpost in Sun Lakes. 9542 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, 480-895-4041, biscuitsrestaurants.com Eat My Taco Tempe adds a Day of the Dead-themed taco shop to its roster of restaurants. Close...

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Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar Cauliflower | Photo courtesy JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa   Opening 5 Star Dive Bar & Grill At this “dive” bar, you’ll find 32 beers on tap, plenty of cocktail choices and a robust selection of bar snacks and burgers. 1807 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, 480-597-3067, fivestardivebar.com Bacanora Ghost Ranch veteran Chef Rene Andrade opened a Mexican restaurant with partners Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin of Tacos Chiwas....

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Opening A Su Salud Pita Jungle rolls out a virtual kitchen that features a “healthy-inspired” Mexican menu. Pick up at Pita Jungle’s Tempe location or have it delivered. asusaludaz.com Beard Papa’s The first Arizona location of Japanese cream puff chain Beard Papa’s recently opened at The Quarter. Choose a shell (s’mores, strawberry or crispy almond to name a few) and then select a custard filling (vanilla, green tea or chocolate) to complete your dream cream...

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Opening Barrio Queen Barrio Queen expands to the West Valley, opening its sixth location in the shuttered Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. 7640 W. Bell Road, Glendale, 602-287-8226, barrioqueen.com Cold Beers & Pizza, Scottsdale The folks at Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers are venturing into new territory with pizza in Old Town Scottsdale. 4222 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-758-4994, coldbeers.com/pizza Copper 48 Copper 48 takes over Nico Heirloom Kitchen in Gilbert featuring seasonal menus. 366 N....

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Openings  ALMA Scottsdale Sheila Bryson, chef/owner of Soul Modern AZ Cuisine and Vic and Ola’s, has reopened ALMA West by Southwest, a restaurant she shuttered a few years ago at The Shops Gainey Village.  7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-687-2612, almascottsdale.com Angry Crab Shack Mesa-based Asian Cajun seafood restaurant opens its 12th location in Laveen. Currently open for takeout and delivery only. 6360 S. 35th Ave., Laveen, 602-975-1065, angrycrabshack.com AZ Pho & Grill West Chandler...

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Opened Chantico The folks from Ocotillo and Starlite BBQ have opened Chantico, a casual Mexican restaurant centered on local, healthy and organic foods, with indoor and outdoor spaces and a full-service bar. Open for happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. 1051 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-699-3015, chanticophx.com Cielo ADERO, the region’s only Dark Sky Zone resort, houses Cielo, a “farm-to-table-to-sky” restaurant featuring regionally-sourced ingredients and a curated selection of tequila and mezcal cocktails. 13225 N....

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September brought a flurry of new restaurants in the midst of a pandemic and the closure of seven, some of which were longstanding establishments. Here’s to cooler days and chilly nights as we make our way through 2020. Aioli Gourmet Burgers This popular burger outlet opened its third location in the former Caveman Burgers in north Phoenix. 430 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 602-633-3030, aioliburger.com B Gastro Bar Family-owned Cuisine & Wine Bistro has rebranded as...

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Openings Alibi at Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown This full-service rooftop bar, open to the public Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, offers craft cocktails, global street food by chef Ken Arneson and a 180-degree panoramic view from the 14th floor. 108 E. University Dr., Tempe,480-968-6800, tempedowntown.canopybyhilton.com Benjamin’s Upstairs The creative team behind Citizen Public House and The Gladly has opened Benjamin’s Upstairs (located upstairs from Citizen Public House in Scottsdale), with a menu by chef Benjamin Graham...

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It’s hard to believe that 14 new restaurants opened in the middle of July in Phoenix amid a worldwide pandemic, but here we are. Kudos to all. The Valley also saw six restaurants close in July. Openings Carnitas Way The folks at Los Sombreros have debuted a new concept featuring scratch-made California-style burritos, bowls and salads. Order online for take-out or delivery. Locations in Mesa, Scottsdale and Uptown Phoenix. carnitasway.com Flavorz Fish & Chicken Fried...

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