Restaurant openings slowed down a bit in June, but that doesn't mean diners in metro Phoenix didn't get a few intriguing new options, including a new restaurant from Barrio Cafe chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, a cocktail bar on Seventh Street, and a ramen spot in Chandler.
We lost a few places, too, including an old favorite in Old Town Scottsdale.
Stock and Stable, Phoenix
Meet the latest gastropub to come to Central Phoenix. The spot serves hand-shaken cocktails and elevated pub fare at The Colony, a new adaptive reuse project on North Seventh Street.
Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva, Phoenix
The latest Barrio offshoot came to Grand Avenue in June, bringing regional Mexican dishes from chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. The fine-dining restaurant offers just a handful of seats, so be sure to make a reservation before heading over to check it out.
The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge, Phoenix
Now open on Ray Road, this local chain of wine bars also has locations in North Scottsdale and Ahwahtukee and serves dining options including bruschetta, appetizers, pizza, and sandwiches.
Ike's Love and Sandwiches, Phoenix
This popular sandwich joint is now available in the heart of downtown Phoenix, right off of Roosevelt Row.
Honor Amongst Thieves, Phoenix
Located above Stock and Stable at The Colony, this cocktail destination is going for a "throwback" feel with drinks such as the
Misery Loves Company with Ausbach brandy, crème de noyeaux, leopolds aperitivo, cinnamon crème, and Peychauds.
WaBa Grill, Phoenix
Metro Phoenix is seeing this chain pop up all over the place. WaBa serves a mix of Asian fusion in a fast-casual environment.
Nishikawa Ramen, Chandler
The new Japanese eatery lists six types of ramen on its menu, and also serves soba noodles and tsukemen, plus a Japanese form of tapas.
Farm & Craft, Scottsdale
With the promise of "food + affection + community," Farm & Craft just recently opened in Scottsdale, offering fresh, vegetable-based options, plus rose and kombucha on tap.
MV Snacks & Sushi, Mesa
Modern Round, Peoria
Modern Round isn't just a gastropub — it's a "virtual shooting lounge" that also offers a food and drink menu.
1000 Degrees Neopolitan Pizza, Gilbert
The pizza at this new spot is fired up at, you guessed it, 1000 degrees. Grab a pie in Gilbert at San Tan Village.
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Nello's Pizza, Tempe
The Nello's location in Tempe closed its doors after more than 30 years in business. The location will be taken over by Iowa-based pizza chain Happy Joe's.
The Santa Maria-style barbecue locale in Old Town called it quits less than six months after it opened. The owners say Smokehaus will "return to its catering roots."