Tacos from the newly opened Cafe Tranquilo at The Clarendon Hotel
Tacos from the newly opened Cafe Tranquilo at The Clarendon Hotel
Lauren Saria

February Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

This month saw a whole slew of restaurant openings including some highly anticipated concepts from local restaurateurs Peter Kasperski and German Osio. February also introduced some new restaurants in familiar spaces -- Cafe Tranquilo took over the space formerly occupied by Gallo Blanco the old Bungalow Bar and Grill in Scottsdale debuted as a new Long Island-themed restaurant called The Montauk.

See also: January Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Chalkboard signage at Peixoto advertises their house blend.
Chalkboard signage at Peixoto advertises their house blend.
Zaida Dedolph

Openings Continued...

  • Peixoto Coffee, Chandler
  • "As far as the coffee goes: Peixoto wants to bring a quality coffee experience to Chandler. Their menu is clean and simple: no flavored syrups, no blenders, just various permutations of coffee, milk, and water. Sugar is available to those who prefer things on the sweeter side."

  • Guido Garcias, Carefree
  • The Draft Sports Grill, Mesa
  • Counter Intuitive, Scottsdale
  • "Day-drinking be damned. Weekday drinking, too -- or so the story goes for the highly-anticipated cocktail concept from Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz World Wine Bar owner Peter Kasperski, which is now open to the public as Counter Intuitive. Only awake from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., the menu features cocktails from top-shelf Valley talents Micah Olsen and Jason Asher and will change themes every few months."

  • FrinGo's Kitchen, Chandler
  • The Montauk, Scottsdale
  • "Designed to look something like a Long Island beach house, this new spot took over the building that formerly housed Bungalow, a sports bar and restaurant. With a new white paint job on the outside and a dining room decorated in eclectic, East Coast preppy style inside, there's no doubt that, at least aesthetically, The Montauk is a nice change."

  • Broken Yolk Cafe, Mesa
  • Classic Crust Pizza, Phoenix
  • Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles, Gilbert


Opened in 2011 but local company Dr. Hummus, this Tempe strip mall spot served wraps, pizzas, rice bowls, sandwiches, salads, and vegan options using ingredients from local producers including Maya's Farm and One Windmall Farm.

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