The Old Town Scottsdale restaurant El Panzon y Frida, open for half a year, will close for good today at 3 p.m., following lunch service. Bold fusion was the name of this eatery's game. For about six months, it served imaginative dishes to eaters in the heart of Old Town, keeping the kitchen open late.
Chef Paula Martinez helmed that kitchen. As the restaurant's name suggests, she took inspiration from Frida Kahlo, the legendary Mexican painter.
Early reports on the restaurant were positive, but noted several oddities (lots of TVs, few waitstaff).
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One of El Panzon's floor managers, who found out about today's closing the day before yesterday, gave a New Times photographer word of the closing. The restaurant has confirmed that it will be closing this afternoon.