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Citizen R+D in Scottsdale Has Closed, New Project in Development

If you never made the trek up to Citizen R+D, we're sorry to report that ship has sailed. The speakeasy-style bar, which opened in 2011 and was located above Citizen Public House, has closed -- that means no more crazy flaming cocktails or vodka turning to gin before your eyes.

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Citizen Public House's Brandon Casey tells us that the space will undergo renovations over the next few months. A new bar concept will reopen in the former R+D space, probably sometime early next year.

For now, all that In Good Spirits Hospitality (parent company for CPH, The Gladly, and R+D) is officially saying about the plans is this: "There's a New Super Top Secret Project in Development."

Curious drinkers looking for information may want to go to the bar at Citizen Public House and ask for details -- Casey hints that CPH will have some sort of promotion in anticipation of the new project.

When R+D opened under mixologist Richie Moe, it was one of a small number of bars offering a craft cocktail experience and even gained national attention from Bon Appétit magazine in 2013. The 28-seat speakeasy originally required guests to enter through a back alley -- later, drinkers were allowed to enter through an interior staircase that will remain the same with the new bar, according to Casey -- and had a list of house rules guests were required to follow.

Moe split from Citizen Public House, R+D, and sister restaurant The Gladly in April of this year at which time, Casey took over management of all three bars.

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Lauren Saria
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