CLOSED: Searsucker Scottsdale

After just over a year, Searsucker Scottsdale, the nightclub meets restaurant at Camelback Road and Goldwater Boulevard, has shuttered.

Co-owned by chef Brian Malarkey, a finalist on Bravo's Top Chef Miami in 2009, Searsucker Scottsdale, which opened in October 2012, was the second location of the San Diego-based gastropub (there are also branches in Austin, Texas, and Del Mar, California). Malarkey's "New American Classic" menu featured a mix of eclectic dishes intended to be fun, with scant, tongue-in-cheek descriptions.

Steven "Chops" Smith (Kelly's at SouthBridge, Different Pointe of View, Noca), Searsucker's Executive Chef, left the restaurant last September, after less than a year.

See also: 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

The Republic reports that James Brennan, CEO of Enlightened Hospitality Group, the San Diego-based business under which Searsucker is a property of, had this to say about the closing:

"In an effort to remain focused on the national rollout of Enlightened Hospitality Group's (EHGRP) 'fabric of social dining' restaurant concepts we have decided to close our Searsucker Scottsdale and Gabardine San Diego locations. As EHGRP continues the expansion of our premier brands, we must continue to focus our efforts on the immense success of our current restaurant portfolio. EHGRP remains incredibly thankful for the support of the San Diego and Scottsdale communities and are looking forward to the launch of Herringbone Los Angeles this month."

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