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.
2013's best new Mexican restaurant, Otro Cafe, opened in February and serves a delicious pollo en mole negro.
Jackie Mercandetti

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.

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

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.
The beet salad at the Original ChopShop Co., which opened two locations in the Valley this year.
Judy Nichols

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

August Openings: 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.
Toffee nuts at Super Chunk Sweets and Treats, which opened in Scottsdale last month.
Lauren Saria

December Openings:

Merci French Cafe and Pastisserie, Scottsdale - Former Scratch Pastries Owners Starting Over with New French Cafe and Patisserie in Scottsdale

Bink's Scottsdale, Scottsdale - Now Open: Kevin Binkley's New Restaurant Bink's Scottsdale at the Shops at Hilton Village

Cuttlefish, Scottsdale

24 Carrots, Tempe

Ingo's Tasty Food, Arcadia - Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia Mighty Tasty

Super Chunk Sweets and Treats, Scottsdale - Now Open: Country Velador's Super Chunk Sweets & Treats in Scottsdale

El Hefe, Tempe

Chestnut Fine Foods and Provisions, Phoenix - Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions in Camelback Corridor Opening Today (Here's the Menu)

World of Beer, Gilbert

Waffle Crush (food truck) - New Food Truck Brings Belgium Liege Waffles to the Valley

American Taphouse, Gilbert

Giant Rustic Pizza, Arcadia - Giant Rustic Pizza Opening in Arcadia on Monday

Phoenix Burrito House, Phoenix - Phoenix Burrito House Opens in Melrose District

Boston v. New York, Tempe - Here's That Boston vs. New York Pizza and Sub Shop in Tempe You Were Asking About

The Watershed, Tempe - Lakeside Cafe, Bar, and Patio Opens in Tempe

Hao Bao (food truck, re-opening)

The Henry, Phoenix

Naya Mediterranean Cuisine, Scottsdale - New Mediterranean Restaurant Coming to North Scottsdale

Chao Phraya, Chandler

Blue 32 Sports Grill, Gilbert

Charm Thai Cuisine, Chandler

Margaritas Grill, Mesa

Nasha, Chandler


Polpo con Rafano from Davanti Enoteca, which closed in May after less than a year.
Polpo con Rafano from Davanti Enoteca, which closed in May after less than a year.
Laura Hahnefeld

January Closings: Lee's Cream Liqueurs , Scottsdale Bueno Burger, Glendale Monster Land, Mesa Oaxaca Restaurant and Cantina, Phoenix Ivy League Dogs, Goodyear

February Closings: Old Town Whiskey, Scottsdale Blue Wasabi Sushi and Martini Bar (Scottsdale) Classic Italian Pizza, Tempe Chick Rotisserie & Wine Bar, Arcadia

March Closings: Hao Bao (food truck) Cafe Posada, Gilbert Poblano, Phoenix

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) Whoopie Baking Co. at Union in Phoenix Joey's Chicago, Glendale Pomo Pizzeria, Scottsdale (reopened at the Shops at Gainey Village in June) Modern Steak, Scottsdale Davanti Enoteca, Scottsdale Indulge Burgers and More, Scottsdale Cask 63, Scottsdale X-Tapa Joe's, Scottsdale Cheuvront , Phoenix La Piccola Cucina, Phoenix Mia Francesca, Scottsdale

June Closings: Scratch Pastries in Phoenix and Scottsdale Big Earl's BBQ, Scottsdale Uno Mas Mex1can Grill, Downtown Phoenix


Renegade (formerly Renegade by MOD) was the Valley's most risk-taking restaurant until it closed last month.
Renegade (formerly Renegade by MOD) was the Valley's most risk-taking restaurant until it closed last month.
Evie Carpenter

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

August Closings: Saladworks, Scottsdale Bombay Spice, Phoenix Gelato Spot, Scottsdale Dottie's True Blue Cafe, Scottsdale McDuffey's, Chandler> The Phoenix Cheesesteak Co., Central Phoenix

September Closings: Rock-N-Roll Fingers, Tempe Mambo's Restaurant, Queen Creek 5 Star BBQ & Grill, Mesa

October Closings: Praying Monk, Scottsdale Lao Thai, Scottsdale Carefree Station, Carefee

Novmeber Closings: Salty Senorita, Scottsdale Cadillac Ranch, Tempe BoomBozz Pizza & Taphouse, Gilbert Latitude Eight Thai Grill, Chandler

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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Merci French Cafe and Pastisserie

7620 E. Indian School Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Bink's Scottsdale

6107 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250



8777 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253


Naya Mediterranean Cuisine

8877 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253


24 Carrots

1701 E. Guadalupe
Tempe, AZ 85283



2051 W Warner Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224


Johnny Fox's - Closed

16100 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr.
Peoria, AZ 85382


Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro

1451 E. Williams Field Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85295


Ingo's Tasty Food

4502 N. 40th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85018


Boston vs. New York

425 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282


Renegade - Closed

9343 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Hao Bao - Closed
The Watershed

5250 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283


Super Chunk Sweets and Treats
El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria

640 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281


Phoenix Burrito House

4140 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013


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