It has been a tricky yr for everybody, however particularly so for metro Phoenix’s restaurant business. Eateries, bars, breweries, and extra have shuttered within the wake of the coronavirus, together with award-winning eating places, beloved neighborhood watering holes, and some spots from our Top 100 restaurants list.
Right here, we current a working listing (which we are going to maintain up to date) of Valley-based foods and drinks spots which have closed since March 2020.
Americana Burgers & Beer
The bar, grill, and common patio space has closed on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe. It had been round since 2018.
Barrio Café Gran Reserva
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza’s second restaurant, the art-filled, vegan-focused, Mexican-wine-serving mole palace Barrio Café Gran Reserva closed for good. “With a damaged coronary heart I’m sorry to tell you that resulting from zero funding and coronavirus, we’re closing,” Esparza introduced by way of social media. “In an effort to save the Barrio Cafe, now we have to close down Gran Reserva,” she said in one other put up. Barrio Café has remained open.
Be Espresso Meals Stuffs
Be Espresso, which was situated contained in the monOrchid constructing, closed in March 2020. In keeping with a March 24 Fb put up, the espresso store was closing quickly due to COVID-19, but it surely didn’t reopen. Now, a brand new espresso spot, Kahvi Espresso, goes into the house.
Bicycle Nomad Café
The espresso and bike-themed café owned by Erick Cedeño has closed in downtown Phoenix. The Velo Bike Store, the cafe’s adjoining enterprise, is relocating to Seventh Avenue within the Coronado District.
Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille
The Gilbert location of Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille closed in March within the preliminary COVID-19 shutdown. The homeowners, additionally behind the Scottsdale location of Blue Adobe, determined to not reopen. The New Mexican eatery had been in Gilbert since early 2018.
There is no extra geeky enjoyable available at Bonus Spherical.
Recreation over for Bonus Spherical in central Phoenix: The geek hangout and arcade bar on Camelback Road has closed after 4 years of serving nerd-themed cocktails, cosplay occasions, and arcade motion. Bonus Spherical was opened in Might 2016 by locals James Goshow and Jacob Rendel.
The Brass Faucet
Downtown Gilbert’s Brass Faucet, open since 2018, introduced its June 15 closure by way of social media. Nonetheless, the sports activities bar-looking spot had reopened this summer time as a Cajun-style restaurant referred to as Da’ Bayou Creole Kitchen.
The small-plates restaurant Bri, situated alongside Seventh Avenue within the Coronado District, introduced its closure by way of social media on March 19. Chef Vince Mellody opened Bri — the phonetic spelling of its namesake, the braai, a South African-style grill at which the meals was ready — in spring 2018. The restaurant provided unforgettable cocktails and tapas in a hip, homestyle setting.
Buddyz Chicago Pizzeria
The Gilbert pizza spot Buddyz Chicago Pizzeria has closed. Nonetheless, the Scarnato household and homeowners will likely be opening a brand new franchise idea referred to as Vero Chicago Pizza in early 2021.
The family-owned, old-school Lebanese eatery Byblos Restaurant on decrease Mill Avenue has closed. Byblos had been in enterprise for greater than 30 years, serving Center Japanese and Mediterranean fare. COVID was not cited as the principle wrongdoer; relatively, it was the demise of co-owner Samir Mirza in August.
Cafe Roma Pizzeria
Cafe Roma Pizzeria was a breakfast-and-lunch spot in Tempe a number of miles from the airport.
Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant
The Carlos O’Brien’s location at 12th Avenue and Northern Avenue, which had operated at that spot since 1985, has completely closed. Extra areas stay on Blissful Valley Street and in Scottsdale. You’ll want to learn our farewell piece to the 42-year-old native chain.
CaskWerks Distilling Co.
CaskWerks Distilling Co., in operation for greater than 5 years and referred to as Tempe’s first craft distillery, has closed. A lease dispute was cited because the trigger. Nonetheless, the distillery could also be opening sooner or later at a brand new location.
This build-your-own burger store in north-central Phoenix closed on April 23. Set on the northwest nook of Seventh Avenue and Bell Street, Caveman Burgers was opened in 2016 by proprietor Jeff Bobby. It was identified for Arizona-raised, grass-fed beef, domestically baked bread, wild toppings like fried duck eggs, and native beer together with choices from SanTan Brewing Co. The house is now a brand new location of Aioli Connoisseur Burgers.
The burger restaurant and sister eatery to north Valley eating places Aiello’s and Isa’s Pizza, has closed.
Chzburgr is gone for good.
Chzburgr, a burger joint close to Arizona State College’s west campus, has completely closed. The west Valley restaurant was overseen by Kelly Fletcher, the previous government chef of Home of Methods in Tempe. It opened in summer time 2019. COVID was cited because the wrongdoer.
Coconut’s Fish Café
The Chandler location of the fast-casual Hawaiian eatery Coconut’s Fish Café — open since 2016 — had been quickly closed since March. Now, it’s completely closed.
Commander Hamburger, which was situated at The Churchill, shuttered in the spring, in accordance with proprietor Andrew Fritz. Lowered occasion and site visitors downtown on account of the pandemic have been accountable, Fritz stated. The spot is now Stoop Child.
Cuff has at present closed its location in Outdated Towne Glendale after 5 years. Cuff provided a menu of New American eats, typically Cajun and Creole leaning, in addition to craft cocktails in a contemporary setting (and a not-bad patio). Nonetheless, the workforce right here plans to open one other location, nonetheless in downtown Glendale, within the coming months.
The Reducing Board Bakery and Café
A Black-owned vegan restaurant serving soul meals, The Reducing Board Bakery and Café has closed in Mesa.
Hope you stated goodbye to these purchasing cart fries.
Delux Grill + Sushi
Delux closed after greater than 15 years. “For the reason that Delux lease has expired, we remorse to tell you the choice was made to not renew the restaurant lease. Subsequently, Delux won’t reopen and is closed completely,” learn a press release on the Delux web site. Along with the “A La Cart” fries, Delux was identified for its Niman Ranch-sourced meat, demi-baguette buns, Arizona craft beer choices, and a few beloved dipping sauces.
Desert Cider Home
Chandler’s Desert Cider Home had been open since 2016, making it the oldest craft cidery in Arizona. Flavors embrace Desert Dragon Laborious Cider and DCH Pear. “With a substantial amount of consideration and deliberation, and in gentle of the financial realities introduced on by Covid 19, now we have made the troublesome resolution to wind down our enterprise, and shut our doorways,” the cidery introduced by way of Fb.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
The Tempe location of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, overseen by Riot Hospitality Group, has closed on Mill Avenue.
Dos Gringos Alma
The Chandler location of Dos Gringos, a Mexican meals restaurant and patio bar open since 1996, has closed. Nonetheless, the Tempe and Mesa areas of Dos Gringos stay open.
The Dressing Room
The Dressing Room introduced by way of a Fb put up on March 24 that it will be closed till additional discover due to COVID-19. Nonetheless, it didn’t reopen. One other restaurant-bar, Sake Haus, will quickly take over the house contained in the monOrchid constructing.
Dvina Fashionable Truthful
The home restaurant Dvina Fashionable Truthful on the southern shores of Roosevelt Row has closed (however the spot will quickly be residence to the second location of Il Bosco Pizza out of Scottsdale).
The Tempe location of El Hefe’s, overseen by Riot Hospitality Group, has closed on Mill Avenue.
El Zocalo Mexican Grille
Positioned in downtown Chandler, El Zocalo Mexican Grille made the announcement to shut on Might 5 by way of social media. Silver lining: House owners Obed and Pam de la Cruz even have hinted at discovering a brand new residence for El Zocalo, so information of a reopening might be on the horizon. The de la Cruz household operated the Mexican restaurant for greater than 20 years, they usually proceed to personal and oversee El Sol Mexican Cafe & Bakery, Mangos Mexican Cafe in downtown Mesa, and the PHX Burrito House within the Melrose District.
Fajitas A Sizzlin Celebration
Fajitas, a Mexican restaurant set close to Metrocenter Mall, has closed after 33 years.
Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches in Chandler has completely closed.
Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches
The Chandler market and superior sandwich shop has closed. It was run by homeowners 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.
4 Peaks Brewing Grill & Faucet
4 Peaks Brewing Co. has permanently closed its 4 Peaks Grill & Faucet location in Scottsdale after 15 years. Though the Scottsdale pub has been closed since March 30 due to the COVID-19 shutdown, it says it’s closing completely resulting from different elements.
From The Roots Up
In slightly below a yr, the vegetarian restaurant From The Roots Up has closed in west Mesa.
The G.O.A.T. Sports activities Grill
Regardless of opening this June, The G.O.A.T. Sports activities Grill has closed in in northeast Mesa.
The Excessive Avenue location of Growler USA, which served greater than 100 beers on faucet and a menu of pub fare, has closed after 4 years.
The Harp Irish Pub
Say goodbye to Guinness Fondue. This Mesa pub with an Irish soul has closed after greater than 11 years.
A flight of six brews from Helio Basin, which is now the Phoenix location of Tombstone Brewing Firm.
Helio Basin Brewing Firm
Helio Basin had occupied a brewery and restaurant house at 40th Avenue and Thomas Street for 4 years. The native brewing firm closed due to COVID, however the well-known Tombstone Brewing Firm immediately took over the brewery space.
Honor Amongst Thieves
The speakeasy-style cocktail lounge Honor Amongst Thieves, which neighbored Inventory & Secure at meals and beverage hub The Colony on Seventh Avenue, has closed.
Hop Cease Diner
Hop Cease Diner in Outdated Towne Glendale, the diner-style breakfast spot throughout from the Velma Teague department of the Glendale library, has completely closed.
Indigo Crow Restaurant & Bar
This Cave Creek eatery was extremely really helpful for completely happy hour in Stagecoach Village. The chef-owned Indigo Crow Restaurant & Bar had a snug surroundings but a menu of tremendous meals. As a replacement is now Cave Creek Beer Firm.
The Ivy Mediterranean Lounge
This Chandler Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar closed due to COVID. It has been open since spring 2015.
The Gilbert-based JC’s Steakhouse, which opened in December 2014, is closed as of December 31. “We’ve tried our greatest to remain afloat, however with the COVID restrictions and other people not going out as a lot proper now, now we have been drowning and there’s no lifeguard on obligation,” reads an announcement on social media.
Early January introduced a brand new restaurant idea from True North Studio Way of life to a 1919-built bungalow, the place government chef Ryan Pitts (previously of Café Monarch and Citizen Public Home) put a French twist on globally inspired cuisine. The restaurant shuttered in March resulting from COVID-19, as did the Coup de Grace speakeasy situated behind it.
Kavala Restaurant & Café
Serving Greek-meets-Italian consolation meals, Kavala Restaurant & Café has closed in Gilbert regardless of its Pastichio Bechamel dish.
Kimberly Ann’s Tea Room & Café
Kimberly Ann’s Tea Room & Café was a Victorian-style tearoom serving tea, finger meals, and lunch gadgets within the Catlin Court docket Historic District of Outdated Towne Glendale. It closed after greater than 26 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.
La Calabria Ristorante
Open since 2008 at a earlier location, La Calabria Ristorante in Gilbert has completely closed. “On account of Covid19 we’re pressured to shut the door,” the Italian eatery introduced on Fb. “It is a arduous resolution to make however sadly proper now now we have no different selection.”
La Piazza PHX and La Piazza Romana are actually closed.
Jacob Tyler Dunn
La Piazza PHX / La Piazza Romana
Justin Piazza has closed two of his Italian and pizza joints — La Piazza PHX in downtown Phoenix (technically closed since March) and La Piazza Romana in Avondale. COVID has been cited as the reason for the closures. Nonetheless, La Piazza Al Forno in Outdated Towne Glendale has now turn out to be the native pizzaiolo’s important focus.
The Arcadia-area pastry and occasional store Lilac Bakery closed in late April. Opened in February 2017, the place was overseen by pastry chef and founder Lauren Paulsen and co-founder Peter Paulsen. “With a heavy coronary heart now we have come to the arduous resolution that as a result of present financial local weather we won’t be re-opening Lilac Bakery and are actually closed completely,” the Lilac Bakery introduced on its Fb web page.
The 2016-established Lochiel Brewing situated in east Mesa closed indefinitely on Might 23 — so, technically not throughout the shutdown window, regardless of the closure being associated to COVID-19. Although the taproom has closed, proprietor and brewer Ian Cameron introduced by way of the web site that Lochiel Brewing will proceed as a bottling line operation.
After greater than 16 years that included frequent downs in enterprise and ups in community support, Mark’s Café completely closed in south Tempe on March 24. The family-owned cafe, situated at Rural and Guadalupe roads, was overseen by Karen Vojtek and Government Chef Mark Vojtek. “We hope that our presence in Tempe made a distinction, and we are going to eternally maintain these recollections close to and expensive to our hearts,” reads a press release on the Mark’s Café web site.
Majerle’s Sports activities Grill
The Chandler Vogue Heart 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.
McMahon’s Ice Cream
This family-owned and -operated Chandler ice cream store has closed. McMahon’s Ice Cream had been in operation for 3 years however went out with a bang (report gross sales on its second-to-last day, in accordance with its Fb web page).
Mi Vegana Madre
The vegan Mexican restaurant in Outdated Towne Glendale introduced on social media earlier this month that it would close July 31. The financial downturn brought on by COVID-19 was blamed, however a glimmer of hope was additionally posted. “This isn’t goodbye,” the put up learn. “Please keep tuned for the following chapter in our journey.”
Mint Indian Delicacies
Mint Indian Delicacies in Scottsdale, one in all our go-to spots for lassi and different Indian specialties, has completely closed.
The eating room on the now-closed Nook Kitchen Downtown.
Nook Kitchen Downtown
Opened in April 2016 on the intersection of Monroe Avenue and Central Avenue within the 1932-built Hilton Backyard Inn Phoenix Downtown, Nook Kitchen Downtown has now closed. Nonetheless, Nook Kitchen Arcadia continues to be in operation.
This bloody mary and bacon flights joint in south Tempe has closed. It had been in operation since 2016.
Pane Bianco Van Buren
The second location of Chris Bianco’s beloved sandwich store has closed. However the location itself — the previous Roland’s Cafe Market Bar, at 1505 East Van Buren Avenue — will keep throughout the Bianco household of eating places. The house will quickly be residence to Tratto, which is relocating from the City and Nation Purchasing Heart in east Phoenix. Get all the main points here.
Parma Italian Roots
The Phoenix location of Parma Italian Roots has closed in Arcadia.
The second location of Paz Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and bar, quietly closed on the bottom ground of an condo complicated at Roosevelt and Third streets and has been changed by the aforementioned Golden Margarita.
Phoenix Public Market Cafe
Open since 2013, Phoenix Public Market Cafe has closed in downtown Phoenix. The cafe was owned by chef and restauranteur Aaron Chamberlin, who says the restaurant did not have for much longer on its lease, and COVID had affected its important enterprise attracts — downtown ASU college students and conference and enterprise vacationers. See extra particulars here.
The Pizza Expertise
This Gilbert pizza restaurant opened and closed seemingly throughout the month of October 2020. The Pizza Expertise had creative specialty pizzas, in addition to subs, pasta dishes, salads, wings, and calamari.
Recalling Poppy’s eating room as Breakfast Bitch will get able to open on this house.
Executive Chef Nate Cayer and Chef de Cuisine Steven Blackburn beforehand labored collectively at a farm-to-table restaurant in Plainfield, Illinois, earlier than opening Poppy final November contained in the Cambria Lodge. It closed resulting from COVID, however there’s at present one other restaurant, Breakfast Bitch, open within the house.
RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen
RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen has closed. The north-central Phoenix restaurant provided trendy Thai and Vietnamese fare.
Roosevelt Diner, or Arturo’s Diner on Roosevelt, was a petite Garfield District eatery with espresso, breakfast, and an excellent entrance patio. The small construction has passed by a number of names through the years, beginning with the Hello-Method Diner, which is what it was referred to as again in 1982, to Welcome Diner to Arturo’s Diner on Roosevelt.
The Valley’s first Nepalese restaurant opened and closed in 2020 due to COVID. Followers of Sherpa Kitchen almost certainly know the restaurant is a bodily offspring of the favored dumpling meals truck. It is sticking round: The Everest Momo meals truck will proceed to make appearances at farmers’ markets and festivals (when these are again) all through the Valley.
The second-story bar at McDowell Street and Seventh Avenue has sadly closed. The domestically owned cocktail lounge had been in operation since 2008.
Sierra Bonita Grill
At first of the COVID-19 shutdown, Sierra Bonita Grill ceased all operations, together with takeout and supply. Then, on Might 9, the restaurant at Seventh Avenue and Glendale Avenue introduced by way of Fb the grill will stay closed indefinitely. Nonetheless, Sierra Bonita Catering continues to be in operation, and can quickly be launching a web-based ordering type.
Inventory & Secure at The Colony is completed.
Inventory & Secure
Inventory & Secure was an indoor and out of doors restaurant and completely happy hour vacation spot situated at The Colony, the restaurant cluster on Seventh Avenue north of Missouri Avenue.
Contact of Thai
Contact of Thai, a colourful Thai restaurant set down Bell Street from Arrowhead Towne Heart, has closed.
Teakwoods Tavern and Grill
There’s one much less place to get comfortable pretzel sticks within the Valley. Although one location in Gilbert stays, Teakwoods Tavern and Grill in Chandler closed in late April. The sports activities bar and eatery was shuttered by the plaza’s landlord after 25 years due to a failure to pay lease for the house.
Uncle Bear’s Grill & Faucet
The Uncle Bear’s Grill & Faucet location on the Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Heart has completely closed. Nonetheless, 4 different areas within the Valley stay open
YC’s Mongolian Grill
The Chandler location of YC’s Mongolian Grill, the Mongolian-inspired customizable stir-fry dish eatery, has closed. The placement of YC’s Mongolian Grill at Speaking Stick Purchasing Heart in Scottsdale has additionally closed.
The well-loved Zpizza location in Midtown closed in July on account of COVID. But when you actually need another slice of signature pies just like the Berkeley Vegan, you’re going to should hoof it all the way down to Oro Valley (now residence to the only Arizona location of Zpizza).
See what Valley eating places are providing takeout, supply, and dine-in providers with our Phoenix Restaurant Directory.
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