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August Openings and Closings: A Second for Mediterranean and an Ending for The Harp


We’re simply as shocked as you might be by the variety of new eateries opening within the Phoenix space.

We have been much less shocked by the a number of bar and restaurant closings by means of the Valley.

Here is the August record of what is new and what’s gone round right here.



108 East College Drive, Tempe

Alibi is on the rooftop of Cover by Hilton Tempe Downtown, additionally residence to Alter Ego. Set on the 14th flooring, this full-service bar has 180-degree views, a menu of road meals designed by Govt Chef Ken Arneson, and a few specialty craft cocktails.

Offended Crab Shack

1749 West Hunt Freeway, San Tan Valley

The 11th and latest location of Angry Crab Shack, the native chain of spicy seafood eating places, has opened. This time, the quick informal, shrimp-focused eatery is in San Tan Valley.

Benjamin’s Upstairs

7111 East Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale

Benjamin’s Upstairs has opened upstairs (appropriately sufficient) at Citizen Public Home. Chef Ben Graham designed a menu of shareable plates, each small and enormous. Along with the fried hen and oysters, there’s cornbread waffles, vegetable crudo, and scallop ceviche. Anticipate a dim, deco-inspired room with an open kitchen and bar space and a beverage program providing pétillant-naturel wines, pure ciders, and traditional cocktails to match the speakeasy vibe.

Get breakfast for lunch (or any other time of the day) at The Boozy Breakfast.EXPAND

Get breakfast for lunch (or every other time of the day) at The Boozy Breakfast.

The Boozy Breakfast

The Boozy Breakfast

5450 East Excessive Avenue

The Boozy Breakfast has opened in northern Phoenix’s Excessive Avenue district. Menu gadgets embody breakfast staples like waffles, French toast, and eggs Benedicts, in addition to reimagined dishes just like the Millennium Toast and creplettes. Lunch gadgets embody salads, protein bowls, and paninis, whereas cocktails vary from the Boozy Bloody to the Peach Bellmosa and easily, The Dude.

The Topped Egg

911 South Lindsay Highway, Suite B106, Gilbert

The Gilbert-based breakfast and lunch joint has opened a second location. An extra web site of The Crowned Egg is now open in Chandler and affords Benedicts, skillets, sandwiches, burgers, and extra.


1116 South Dobson Highway, #113, Mesa

Daruma affords sushi, rolls, and noodles at Dobson Highway and Southern Avenue. Menu gadgets embody cold and hot soba, Daruma’s particular roll topped with deep fried shrimp, and the garlic edamame.

Founding Fathers Kitchen

1050 West Ray Highway, Chandler

Founding Fathers has roughly shifted from its Ahwatukee spot (and former Offended Crab Shack web site) to a brand new location in Chandler. Founding Fathers Kitchen is now discovered at Alma Faculty and Ray roads, and serves the identical Asian- and Southern-inspired consolation meals.

A menu item from Francine.EXPAND

A menu merchandise from Francine.

David Blakeman


4712 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale

The Luxurious Wing of Scottsdale Style Sq. is now residence to Francine — a nice eating institution with a Mediterranean and south-of-France menu. Operations are overseen by restaurateur Laurent Halasz and Govt Chef Brian Archibald. Entrees embody striped bass, steak tartare, bouillabaisse, and seared duck a la provencal. Additionally on the menu: ratatouille tart, grilled octopus, and bone marrow.

Gabriella’s Modern American Delicacies

10155 East Through Linda Highway, Suite H134, Scottsdale

Discovered at The Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch, Gabriella’s Contemporary American Cuisine is owned and operated by husband-and-wife Anthony and Anna Barr. The restaurant affords upscale consolation meals, just like the quick rib grilled cheese, stuffed cheese and bacon tater tots, candy corn and wild mushroom tamale, and extra.

Howler’s Restaurant & Sports activities Bar

3095 West Chandler Boulevard, Chandler

Howler’s has now opened a second location, this time in Chandler in a former Majerle’s Sports activities Grill. The Chandler Style Middle-adjacent serves pub meals like burgers, wings, and beer.

Los Sombreros

1976 West Southern Avenue, Mesa

Los Sombreros has opened its third location, this one in Mesa close to Mesa Group Faculty. Anticipate menu gadgets like hen enmoladas, in addition to margaritas, chips and guacamole,

Mike’s Grub

1845 East College Drive, Tempe

Quick informal but up to date, Mike’s Grub has opened in central Tempe close to College and McClintock drives. Menu gadgets vary from streets tacos to pinza Romana, salads, and appetizers like bacon-wrapped dates.

A bowl of the Origami Classic ramen.

A bowl of the Origami Traditional ramen.

Origami Ramen Bar

Origami Ramen Bar

4810 East Ray Highway, Suite A-1

Former Nobu chef Yusuke Kuroda opened Origami Ramen Bar in Ahwatukee as a result of he needed “to introduce genuine Japanese meals to countryside.” The ramen at Origami is bowled with “house-made, ultra-rich and creamy” hen broth. There’s additionally a wide range of Japanese rice bowls, handrolls, and appetizers like karaage (Japanese-style fried hen). Sweeter choices embody the Japanese-brand Calpico milks, fruity milk teas, and a matcha cake for dessert. It is presently solely open for takeout.

Pitadise Mediterranean Grill

710 West Elliot Highway, Tempe

One other fast-casual trendy Mediterranean restaurant has slipped into the scene. Pitadise Mediterranean Grill affords menu gadgets like a kafta kabab bowl, Palafel pita items, and one thing referred to as the final word beef bowl.

Rift Faucet Home and Wine

431 North Scottsdale Highway, Scottsdale

Rift Tap House and Wine, a new wine and beer store, has opened in south Scottsdale, north of Scottsdale and McKellips roads. The fashionable store affords 25 faucets, about 60 wines, and is overseen by Damien Kanser and Jonathan Coppins. Bottles can be found for takeaway.

Stratta Kitchen

8260 North Hayden Highway, Suite A102, Scottsdale

Chef Alessandro “Alex” Stratta’s newest, health-focused restaurant is Stratta Kitchen. The menu will change often and consists of a number of dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian choices. It’s divided into 4 sections: greens, grains, The Items, and To Share or To not Share. Stratta affords lunch and dinner for dine-in, takeout. and supply.

Tacos Chiwas

127 West Primary Avenue, Mesa

Nadia Holguin and Armando Hernandez, the husband and spouse behind Tacos Chiwas, have opened a 3rd location of the favored taco store. This one’s in downtown Mesa.

Thai Chili 2 Go

5029 East Chandler Boulevard, #306

Thai Chili 2 Go, the native quick informal Thai meals chain has opened its 10th location — this time in Ahwatukee.

Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches in Chandler has permanently closed.EXPAND

Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches in Chandler has completely closed.

Chris Malloy


Americana Burgers & Beer

The bar, grill, and well-liked patio space has closed on Mill Avenue. It had been round since 2018.

Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches

The Chandler market and superior sandwich store was run by house owners Oren and Diana Molovinsky, who sourced their fruit, eggs, and different produce from their very own 3.5-acre farm and offered it in a farmstand-style retail space. Farmboy had been open since 2018.

The Harp Irish Pub

Say goodbye to Guinness Fondue. This Mesa pub with an Irish soul has closed after greater than 11 years.

La Bocca City Kitchen & Wine Bar

One other Mill Avenue casualty is La Bocca City Kitchen & Wine Bar. Each the unique downtown location, round since 2008, and the Excessive Avenue spot in northern Phoenix have closed.

Majerle’s Sports activities Grill

The Chandler Style Middle location of Majerle’s Sports activities Grill, which had been in operation since 2007, has closed. The spot’s new occupant is the aforementioned Howler’s Restaurant & Sports activities Bar.

Oink Café

This bloody mary and bacon flights joint in south Tempe has closed. It had been in operation since 2016.


The second-story bar at McDowell Highway and Seventh Avenue has sadly closed. The domestically owned cocktail lounge had been in operation since 2008.

Discover Valley eateries providing takeout, supply, and dine-in companies with our Phoenix Restaurant Directory.