10 Most Anticipated Metro Phoenix Restaurant Openings in 2014

Sumo Maya will be the focal point of the new Scottsdale Marketplace.
Sumo Maya will be the focal point of the new Scottsdale Marketplace.
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Though the holiday season is over, there still are plenty of reasons to get excited. The New Year promises quite a few new and exciting dining spots in the Valley, including several new concepts from some of our favorite chefs and restauranteurs and second locations of popular local spots.

Here's our list of the 10 restaurants we're most excited to see in 2014.

See also: 20 Best New Restaurants of 2013 in Greater Phoenix

Sumo Maya

It's been more than six months since we heard the news that Central Bistro owner German Osio had plans for an ambitious new venture. Sumo Maya Mexican-Asian Kitchen is billed to be "the focal point of Scottsdale Marketplace, a new mixed-used development on the northwest corner of Lincoln Drive and Scottsdale Road." Food-wise, we're looking forward to tapas-style small plates, sushi, ceviche, and tacos but the real wow factor sounds like it will be the restaurant's super-modern design. Osio has plans for a 24-foot-tall hand-carved tree at the room's center, a 78-seat patio featuring 148-inch glass projection screens, 30-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and hand-carved pewter wood floors. The restaurant originally was expected to open in November 2013.

Southern Rail Spring 2014

This new restaurant from chef Justin Beckett is just one of the reasons we're excited about The Newton, a mixed-use development that will come to the space formerly occupied by Beef Eaters Restaurant on Third Avenue and Camelback Road. Southern Rail will be joined by a second location of Changing Hands Bookstore, a co-working space called The Lively Hood, and other offices. The restaurant will focus on the flavors of the South, serving lunch and dinner as well as craft beers and small batch spirits. The menu will include "low-country" cooking of the coastal Carolinas, Cajun and Creole fare of New Orleans, and the slow-smoked barbecue from south Texas.

Hula's Modern Tiki, Scottsdale Early 2014

There aren't many things you can't find in Old Town Scottsdale, but since Trader Vic's fled town for the second time, it's been damn hard to locate a tiki drink. This year, Central Phoenix's Hula's Modern Tiki will be heading to Scottsdale, specifically 213 East First Avenue, in the former home of Big Earl's BBQ. Like the original location, Hula's Modern Tiki's Scottsdale location will aim for a retro Midcentury Modern vibe and will serve Hawaiian-inspired eats and tropical cocktails.

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