Though we're just around the corner from summer and the time of year when things tend to slow down in the restaurant industry, there's been no sign so far that our local restaurateurs and chefs plan on taking a break. Last month we saw more than a dozen new restaurants open around town including the ambitious DeSoto Central Market in downtown Phoenix and a handful east Valley spots including an African restaurant and a new location of the popular Fractured Prune doughnut chain.
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- DeSoto Central Market, Phoenix
- Hogs N Hops BBQ, Scottsdale
- The Ivy, Chandler
- Corduroy, Phoenix
- Noodles & Company,Tempe
- Fired Pie, Scottsdale
- Los Diablos Bar and Bistro, Phoenix
- Songbird Coffee & Tea House, Phoenix (relocated)
- Max's Mukhaase, Mesa
- Sorso Wine Room, Scottsdale
- Cibo e Vino, Scottsdale (reopened)
- Fractured Prune, Tempe
- Nush, Tempe
- Jogoya Sushi Seafood Buffet, Chandler
From our First Taste, "Like a little puppy that hasn't quite grown into its paws (really cute, but kind of awkward), DeSoto Central Market still has some growing up to do. But with some small tweaks and a full roster of restaurant vendors, we're still hopeful this could become the gathering place that downtown has always wanted."
"Hogs N Hops BBQ, located at 8777 N. Scottsdale Road, serves 'regional style barbecue' such as brisket, pulled pork, and ribs."
The new restaurant opened at 1890 W. Germann Road in Chandler and serves Mediterranean food and cocktails.
"Tom Jetland and the team behind such popular mid/downtown spots as Fez, Switch, and Pizza People Pub have added a stylish new restaurant to their growing group. And with a menu dominated by globally inspired small plates, the new addition, called Corduroy, gives neighborhood diners plenty of new dishes to try."
The fast-casual pasta restaurant opened its first location in Arizona last month at Tempe Marketplace.
Locally owned fast-casual pizza restaurant Fired Pie opened its 10th Arizona location early last month inside Scottsdale Fashion Square.
This newly opened Central Phoenix bar and restaurant is located at 1028 E. Indian School Road.
"The new Songbird takes over half of a downtown Phoenix home built in 1902. The space still features the original door, wood floors, and fireplace, giving the front room of the Songbird a unique, historical charm."
Located at 1245 W. Guadalupe Road in Mesa, this restaurant serves an affordable menu of African dishes including goat stew, fried yam, and sphe bolg (minced beef with spaghetti and tomatoes).
"The 2,515-square-foot Sorso Wine Room features a 32-bottle WineEmotion dispensing system that let's customers taste their way through the bar's selection of wines. The wines featured in the dispensing system will be an ever-changing selection sourced from all over the world."
"Located at 34522 North Scottsdale Road, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway in the Terravita Marketplace, the restaurant serves a menu of Italian dishes inspired by chef/owner John Collura and his family's recipes."
The doughnut chain opened its latest Arizona location inside the University House near Arizona State University's Tempe campus. It features a takeout window that's open late.
This Euro-Persian restaurant has taken over the restaurant space formerly occupied by Sol Diablo Cantina at 560 S. College Avenue in Tempe.
For $9.99 during lunch seven days a week you can fill up on seafood and Asian dishes at Jogoya Sushi Seafood Buffet, located at 2100 S. Gilbert Road in Chandler.