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September Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Blueberry cake doughnut.
Blueberry cake doughnut.
Laura Hahnefeld

Phoenicians welcomed a whole bunch of new restaurants last month, including the second location of Portillo's and couple new vegan-friendly spots. And the month also saw a few makeovers completed. You can officially check out the fresh digs at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort, or grab a cocktail at their new Mix Up Bar. In central Phoenix, Coronado's Astor House reinvented itself as a neighborhood BBQ joint; read on to check out what we thought of the new concept.

See also: 10 Most Chef-Anticipated New Restaurants in Greater Phoenix

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The Small Box from Rock and Roll Fingers
The Small Box from Rock and Roll Fingers
Erica O'Neil

Closings:

  • Rock-N-Roll Fingers, Tempe
  • "Rock-N-Roll Fingers, the Valley's only locally owned spot specializing in chicken fingers of the fresh-not-frozen kind, has shuttered."

  • Mambo's Restaurant, Queen Creek
  • "Mambo's, the family-owned restaurant serving traditional comida dominicana in Queen Creek, has shuttered.

    Courtesy of former New Yorker Eddie Taveras and his family, Mambo's, which opened under a year ago, brought the food and flavors of the Dominican Republic to a former pizza joint in Queen Creek."

  • 5 Star BBQ & Grill, Mesa
  • "Mesa residents now have one fewer option for pulled pork, brisket, and racks of ribs -- 5 Star BBQ & Grill has shuttered.

    The 'cue joint, owned by Jim and Joanne Hauer, who started 5 Star as a barbecue-focused catering company in 2009, opened in a former Taco Bell on Country Club Drive, just north of Mesa's Main Street, in September of last year."

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