2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix
2013's best new Mexican restaurant, Otro Cafe, opened in February and serves a delicious pollo en mole negro.
If you were just thinking to yourself how fast the past year flew by, wait until you check out our list of the year's restaurant openings and closings. Can you believe it's been 10 months since we welcomed Doug Robson's Otro Cafe onto the scene? And a whole year since we saw Lee's Cream Liqueurs shut its doors for good?
And once you've mourned the eating spots we lost in 2013, don't forget to check out what new restaurants we're looking forward to see open this year.
January Openings: GreaterThan Coffee, Phoenix Butter & Me, Scottsdale Puerto Rico Latin Grill (Previously El New Yorican), Phoenix Mambo's Restaurant, Queen Creek Voila Bistro and Wine Bar, Scottsdale Centro Lounge, Paradise Valley Metropolis, Scottsdale Speakeasy Saloon & Grill, Chandler Mud Dauber Coffee, Phoenix
February Openings: Otro Cafe, Phoenix Sushi Brokers, Phoenix Morning Squeeze, Scottsdale AZ Food Crafters, Chandler Original ChopShop Co., Scottsdale The Edible Exchange Market, Scottsdale Wok Box, Scottsdale Portillo's, Scottsdale Spoke & Wheel, Phoenix Bombay Spice Grill & Wine, Phoenix Salad and Go, Scottsdale
March Openings: Pallets Food and Bar, Downtown Phoenix Melrose Kitchen, Phoenix Bink's Midtown, Phoenix Salut Kitchen Bar, Tempe Giant Rustic Pizza, Scottsdale Hi-Fi Kitchen and Cocktails, Scottsdale Phoenix Coney Island, Glendale Salty Sow, Paradise Valley Bragg's Factory Diner, Phoenix Scratch Pastries , Phoenix
April Openings: Ahi Revolving Sushi, Gilbert Mr. Pizza, Mesa Tempe's Front Porch, Tempe C.A.S.A., Tempe Rito's Mexican Food, Surprise Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill (southwest corner of 16th Street and Bethany Home Road) Game Seven Grill, Chase Field Salut Kitchen Bar, Tempe Gluttons, Tempe
May Openings: Little Cleo's, The Yard in Phoenix Koryo Korean BBQ, Glendale Gringo Street Bar, Tempe Phoenix Public Market Cafe, Phoenix Caffe Daniel, Phoenix Bootlegger's, Phoenix Beavers Choice, new location in Mesa Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, Gilbert Renegade by MOD, Scottsdale Snoh Ice Shavery, Phoenix
June Openings: Luv Me Tender B.B.Q., Phoenix Virtu Honest Craft in Scottsdale Squid Ink Sushi, Phoenix Republica Empanada, Mesa Joyride Taco House, Gilbert Modern Margarita at City North in Phoenix Monsterland Bar and Grill in Mesa (re-opened) Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery at the Scottsdale Airpark Republica Empanada, Mesa French Grocery, Phoenix Juice Core, Scottsdale
The beet salad at the Original ChopShop Co., which opened two locations in the Valley this year.
July Openings: Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, Peoria The Traveling Monk (food truck) Original ChopShop Co., Tempe 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese (food truck) Pig-N-Out, Sunnyslope Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, Scottsdale
The Gladly, Phoenix The Attic, Arcadia Huss Brewing Co., Tempe The Brooklyn Cafe, Scottsdale Nabers, Chandler Bombay Spice, Phoenix Kick Ass Kakes, Biltmore Freshii, Tempe Fired Pie, Phoenix Saffron Jak Original Stone Bread Pizza (food truck) One-Eighty Q (food truck)
September Openings: Good Donuts, Gilbert Wine Warehouse, Scottsdale T.Spot (inside Tien Wong), Chandler Portillo's, Tempe Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., Gilbert The Cutting Board Bakery & Café, Mesa Pizza People Pub, Phoenix Astor House: Coronado 'Cue & Southern Speakeasy, Phoenix (formerly "Astor House") T. Cook's & Mix Up Bar , Paradise Valley Sol Diablo Cantina Kitchen, Tempe Red Hut Coffee, Phoenix The Breakfast Joynt, Scottsdale La Ristra , Gilbert Whole Foods, Phoenix
October Openings: Pomo Pizzeria and Forno Fabbri Italian Market & Mozzarella Bar, Scottsdale The Roasted Shallot, food truck Steak 'n Shake, Tempe Chedda Truck, food truck (re-opening) Stacy's Smoke Dem Bones Pit Stop, Phoenix Hopdoddy Burger, Scottsdale Wicked Six Bar and Grill, Fountain Hills Rock A Belly, food truck Four Peaks Brewing, Sky Harbor International Airport Bei Sushi and Bar, Scottsdale Tempo Urban Bistro and Coffee, Buckeye Alo Cafe, Scottsdale Essence Bakery, Phoenix H&H City Pizza, Chandler Queso Good, food truck Green Chile Grill, food truck Sam-mitch, food truck Grilled Addiction, food truck Frank, food truck
November Openings: Isabel's Amor, Gilbert Clever Koi, Phoenix Ollie Vaughn's, Phoenix Quiessence (re-opened), South Phoenix Taco Guild, Phoenix Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, Phoenix Spinato's, Central Phoenix Red House Pub, Downtown Phoenix The Wine Store, Phoenix Cornish Pasty Co., Scottsdale Tammie Coe Cakes (re-opened), Downtown Phoenix Scottsdale Station, Scottsdale Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Phoenix Bootleggers, Scottsdale The Public House on Sixth (formerly Robbie Fox's), Tempe American Taphouse, Gilbert Copper Still Moonshine Grill, Gilbert La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop (formerly La Condesa), Glendale
Toffee nuts at Super Chunk Sweets and Treats, which opened in Scottsdale last month.
24 Carrots, Tempe
El Hefe, Tempe
World of Beer, Gilbert
American Taphouse, Gilbert
Hao Bao (food truck, re-opening)
The Henry, Phoenix
Chao Phraya, Chandler
Blue 32 Sports Grill, Gilbert
Charm Thai Cuisine, Chandler
Margaritas Grill, Mesa
Polpo con Rafano from Davanti Enoteca, which closed in May after less than a year.
April Closings: Brix Wine Spot, Cave Creek Baja Fresh (all locations) Cave & Ives Portico Grill, Arcadia Buster's on the Lake, Scottsdale J. Alexander's, Scottsdale The Breakfast Joynt, Scottsdale La Piccola Cucina, Phoenix
May Closings: T. Cook's at the Royal Plams (for summer and renovations)
Renegade (formerly Renegade by MOD) was the Valley's most risk-taking restaurant until it closed last month.
July Closings: Voltaire, Scottsdale (re-opened as The Brooklyn Cafe) Sportsman's Fine Wines & Spirits, Phoenix Big Earl's BBQ, Scottsdale Guerrero's Mexican Food, Tempe Citizen Espresso Bar, Phoenix Gelato Dolce Vita, Gilbert
December Closings: Renegade, Scottsdale - Closed: Renegade in North Scottsdale Johnny Fox's Public House, Peoria Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro, Gilbert 1st Round Draft Sports Grill, Gilbert Off Da Hook Soul Food, Phoenix
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