Back in June, we rounded up a list of some of the biggest restaurant openings to look forward to in the second half of 2016. But in the passing months, we've learned of even more forthcoming Valley restaurants worth salivating over. Here are five soon-to-open metro Phoenix restaurants to get pumped about.
Zen Culinary: Chef Kelly Fletcher To Head Up New Asian Fusion Restaurant in Scottsdale
According to a press release, the restaurant will serve "affordable lunch specials by day and elegant fine dining by night." Expect a menu that incorporates Thai, Chinese, Japanese, American, and fusion cuisine.
Sonata’s Restaurant to Open Later This Month in Scottsdale
The restaurant takes its name from owner Sonata Molocajeviene Tuft, a Lithuanian-born Paradise Valley resident, whose personal recipes also inspired many of the menu items.
Utah-Based Even Stevens Sandwich Shop to Open Three Locations in Phoenix This Fall
The sandwich shop, which currently has locations in Utah and Idaho, is known for its buy-one-donate-one model (think Toms shoes, but with sandwiches), meaning that for every sandwich sold at its Arizona stores, the company will also donate one sandwich to local food banks.
Chico Malo: Chris McKinley to Launch Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Phoenix
The restaurant, the name of which translates to "bad boy," comes from Culture Shock Hospitality group; McKinley will oversee the development of the menu and the restaurant’s launch.
Celebrity Chef Scott Conant to Open Phoenix Restaurant Later This Year
Later this year, one of the most famous Italian chefs in the country and one of the most famous Italian chefs in the Valley will come together to open Mora Italian, a modern osteria in central Phoenix. The restaurant comes from chef Scott Conant of Impero Caffè in New York and Scarpetta in Miami, and Las Vegas and Pomo Pizzeria owner/chef Stefano Fabbri.
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