September Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Fried chicken skins at Okra in Phoenix.
Fried chicken skins at Okra in Phoenix.
Lauren Saria

September was a big month for restaurants in Tempe, with three openings and one closing. Anyone looking for food in Tempe can now find burritos at Sun Devil Stadium, European food on South Mill, and more. On the flip side, Revival closed in downtown Tempe after a whirlwind run. 

Openings

Ocotillo, Phoenix
This restaurant in Central Phoenix opened in a massive space that includes a beer garden, lawn, and separate coffee bar. The menu offers a wide variety, with five different types of roast chicken.

Citrine, Tempe 
Peter DeRuvo's Citrine is officially open in downtown Tempe. Expect wood-fired Italian food with a twist, including squid ink pasta and a 25-layer lasagna.

The Wing Counter, Glendale
Whether they're bone-in or boneless, this new spot on Bell Road in Glendale specializes in — you guessed it — hot wings. The fast-casual restaurant is owned by Shane and Sheri Sender, who own Lush Burger in Scottsdale. 

Crust, Chandler 
Following the formula of Crust locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, this downtown Chandler location also will serve New-York style Italian fare, including pizza, pasta, and wine. A speakeasy-style basement bar called The Ostrich will also be opening below Crust soon. 

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, Tempe
After the wild success of the Old Town Scottsdale location, another Whiskey Row is open in Tempe, right off of Mill Avenue next to El Hefe. Although it's mostly a club on weekend nights, Whiskey Row does have a menu with a lot of standard bar fare.

Someburros, Tempe 
ASU students now have a burrito option at Sun Devil Stadium. Someburros, which serves burritos, churros and specialty drinks, has locations across the state.

A rendering of the new Pedal Haus Brewery.
A rendering of the new Pedal Haus Brewery.

Pedal Haus Brewery, Tempe 
Julian Wright's Pedal Haus Brewery opened on South Mill Avenue near AMC Centerpoint last month. The beer garden has a full service bar (three actually), with a European-inspired menu.  

Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails, Phoenix
The much-anticipated restaurant is the second from the team behind Crudo, and specializes in Southern-style food, blending both Southern and Italian fare. 

Sauce, Phoenix
The pizza chain's latest location is now open on Camelback Road and Central Avenue, complete with a hand-painted mural. The restaurant is housed in a 3,750-square-foot building, with an outdoor patio. 

Closings

The Revival Restaurant, Tempe 
The restaurant in downtown Tempe shuttered this month after about a year and a half of being in business. It was housed in the former Mucho Gusto spot.

Amy's Baking Company, Scottsdale 
"The end," read a picture tweeted out by the (not verified) Amy's Baking Company Twitter account in early September, when the infamous restaurant closed its doors. It's been a wild ride for Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, the owners of the restaurant, who rose to fame after a particularly dramatic episode of Kitchen Nightmares.


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