June brought more shuffling around in the Metro Phoenix restaurant scene, with half a dozen closings and nearly 20 openings. We were thrilled to see new outposts of favorites like The Vig and Carolina's, and devastated to bid farewell to innovative dining venues like Posh Restaurant, but perhaps most surprising of all, was the restaurant that closed before it even opened its doors.
The Vig, North Scottsdale
The popular local chain added a fifth location on Bell Road (and sold its Fillmore location). Fans can expect to find the same casual fare, including burgers, fish tacos, and a wide assortment of appetizers, that are found at the other Vig locations, but this branch will also feature views of McDowell Mountain from a massive patio with outdoor games, fire
Carolina’s Mexican Food, Mesa
The beloved family-run micro chain added a spot off U.S. 60, offering Mesa residents a great new spot to satisfy their burrito, chimichanga, and tostada cravings.
Press Coffee, Phoenix
Coffee fans rejoice — Steve Kraus has opened his latest coffee joint on Central Avenue and McDowell Road, for Phoenicians looking for cold brew, pour-over coffee, and espresso.
Wine & Design, Scottsdale
A new creative studio and wine bar has opened in Scottsdale offering painting classes with local artists — and lots of wine.
When in Rome, Scottsdale
Tomaso Maggiore's newest concept is a Roman-style trattoria on Scottsdale Road. The 5,000-square-foot space is serving up spaghetti
Pita Jungle, Queen Creek
The local favorite added a new location on Rittenhouse Road with an outdoor patio and a full bar. Fans can expect their favorite dishes, including hummus plates and Mediterranean-style wraps.
Yaki Ramen, Phoenix
Chef Johnny Chu of Red Thai and Shabu Fondue has opened a brand-new restaurant. This time, it is a ramen-centric joint, featuring yakitori and soup dishes, including
Sushi Sen, Scottsdale
Japanese dishes, including sushi rolls, sashimi, tempura, hot pots, and nigiri are now being served at this new spot near Scottsdale and Indian Bend roads (in the former ShinBay location).
Spice Spirit Chinese Cuisine and Bar, Mesa
A traditional Chinese spot on Main Street in Mesa (in what was supposed to be a branch of Chicago chain, Lao Sze Chuan) offering Sichuan-style lamb chops, Peking duck, and spicy cabbage.
Aloha Poki Company, Tempe
The latest location of Aloha
After it came to light that the owner of the soon-to-open restaurant was a felon, making him ineligible for a liquor license, a "for lease" sign went up outside the anticipated restaurant in downtown Phoenix.
Pizza People Pub, Phoenix
After four years, the neighborhood pizza spot called it quits. It will be replaced by Twisted Grove, a concept by restaurateur Christopher Collins.
After longtime troubles, Chef Eddie Matney’s spot in Scottsdale will be replaced by a new concept called Blue Clover.
Silvana Salcido Esparza's concept at The Yard on Seventh Street closed somewhat mysteriously. Esparza says she's working on a new concept, as well as a few books, and has plans to revive Barrio Urbano elsewhere at some point.
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Posh Restaurant, Scottsdale
Opened in 2009, chef Josh Hebert’s fine-dining restaurant will be transformed by the chef/owner into a "chef's lounge," which will serve as a space for pop-ups, classes, and more.
Blue 32 Sports Grill, Scottsdale
Two of the three locations of the family-friendly sports bar will remain open in Gilbert and Chandler.
Native Grill, Chandler
Native Grill & Wings near Alma School and Queen Creek Roads had been open since 2009, but a notice posted on the restaurant's door announced that they would be closing. Initially the sign blamed the rise in minimum wages, but the company later retracted that statement, siting instead poor financial performance.