New Restaurant Alert

May 2017 Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Mehdi Taghavi (architect-mehdi)
Brunch at Tacos Tequila Whiskey, which opened in May in Arcadia.
May was a rough month for Metro Phoenix restaurants, with one closure after another, including one of the city's most historic spots. However, all is not lost. We also said hello to a few intriguing new offerings, and even a new option for hipster tacos in Arcadia.


Original Gravity, Phoenix

We're interested in what Original Gravity is bringing to the table — wine and tapas, to be exact. The new restaurant is on the northwest corner of North Twelfth Street and Highland Avenue.

click to enlarge Bar manager Riley Jones built a cocktail menu at Casa Añejo that reflects his personal drink style: tropical, refreshing, and spiritous. - SHELBY MOORE
Bar manager Riley Jones built a cocktail menu at Casa Añejo that reflects his personal drink style: tropical, refreshing, and spiritous.
Shelby Moore

Casa Anejo, Phoenix

You don't have to drive far in Phoenix to find the alluring combination of tacos and agave cocktails. Casa Anejo in Central Phoenix makes your search that much easier, and they have killer frozen mezcal pina coladas to boot. The restaurant is being opened by the same people behind RnR and Stock & Stable.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey, Phoenix

Like we said, it's not hard to find tacos and tequila in Phoenix, and now there's another option in the Arcadia neighborhood. The restaurant started as a Denver-based food truck and expanded from there.

Pasto di Forno, Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale has a new option for Italian, with a menu offering casual eats like bruschetta, paninis, and flatbread.

The Original Rainbow Doughnuts, Scottsdale

This spot offers traditional doughnuts, plus a few more curious variations like a s'mores doughnut topped with marshmallow icing and graham crackers.

The Grande Stand, Scottsdale

In the spot where infamous Amy's Baking Co. used to stand is now The Grande Stand, an outpost of The Stand burger restaurant in Arcadia.

Pho Gia Dinh, Chandler

This Vietnamese restaurant is now open in Chandler — and there's more than pho at this spot, according to the location's Facebook page.

Sunny's Breakfast & Lunch, Chandler

Sunny's is expanding from its original Tempe location to a new outpost of the classic diner in Chandler.

Joey's PSG, Mesa

Looking for soup, pizza, and sandwiches in Mesa? Joey's is gunning to be your next one-stop shop at lunchtime.

Carolina's Mexican Food, Mesa

There's nothing like Carolina's homemade tortillas. And now, fans can grab them at a new location in Mesa, plus other popular menu items.

Mucha Lucha Taco Shop, Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills has a new spot for tacos — the already very popular Mucha Lucha Taco Shop, which has several locations across the Valley.

Ramen Dozo, Tempe

Perfect for the college crowd, Ramen Dozo offers sushi and a few different ramen combinations at competitive prices.

Poke Wave, Tempe

The poke trend may not have peaked just yet, Tempe now has at least two spots for the Hawaiian fish dish, with the addition of Poke Wave on Ray Road.


Evie Carpenter

Tom's Tavern, Phoenix

Tom's Tavern, one of the city's most historic restaurants, closed its doors after 87 years in early May. Chef/owner Jim Gallen said in a statement, "The complexity of operating an 88-year-old restaurant in today's restaurant environment proved to be too difficult to overcome with just good food and good service."

The Herb Box, Phoenix

The Colony location of the Herb Box on Seventh Street shuttered last month. There are two other locations of the Herb Box still in operation, both in Scottsdale.