Editor's note: This story has been updated from its original version.
A number of restaurants opened in March, just in time for spring dining. New options include a high-end Japanese restaurant serving a six-course tasting menu, a tiki bar withs over 14 tropical cocktails, and a pizzeria offering 17 specialty pies.
Sadly, five eateries have closed its doors this month. A massive fire is to blame for the closing of the popular sports bar Doc & Eddy’s and declining business has forced the closure of the C-Fu Gourmet Chinese restaurant after 23 years of operation.
Grill N Chop
2401 East Baseline Road, Gilbert
Gilbert welcomes a new fast-casual Japanese restaurant. Grill N Chop is located in a space that was formerly occupied by Barro’s Pizza. The reasonably priced menu lists teriyaki rice bowls, 15 sushi rolls, ramen, and poke.
Pita & Co.
2110 West Southern Avenue, #103, Mesa
A new Mediterranean restaurant has opened on the corner of Dobson Road and Southern Avenue in west Mesa. Pita & Co. is a fast-casual eatery serving up cilantro-jalapeño hummus, baba ghanoush, beef shawarma, falafel, and gyros.
Meat the Ball
2502 East Camelback Road
Pomo Pizzeria owner Stefano Fabbri opened a new meatball restaurant on the northeast corner of 24th Street and Camelback Road. Beef and pork, chicken, spicy sausage, salmon, and eggplant are just some of the many meatball varieties available at Meat the Ball. This restaurant also serves sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes.
918 North Alma School Road, Chandler
Traditional Vietnamese and Thai dishes are now being served on the southwest corner of Alma School and Ray roads in Chandler. Sweet and sour soup, chicken stir fried noodles, and crispy fried egg noodles are just some of the menu items featured at Paradise Kitchen.
1475 West Elliot Road, Gilbert
Hangar 9 has relocated to Gilbert. Four months ago, this sports bar closed its Chandler location and recently moved into a space formerly occupied by Buffalo Wild Wings on the southeast corner of McQueen and Elliot roads. Pub fare such as sandwiches, burgers, and wings, and hearty dishes like chicken pot pie, meatloaf, and country-fried steak can be enjoyed at the bar or in the spacious dining area.
7133 East Stetson Drive, #1, Scottsdale
Drunk Munk has opened its doors in a space that once housed Cowboy Ciao. This tiki bar and restaurant is located in Old Town Scottsdale on the northeast corner of Stetson Drive and Sixth Avenue. In addition to over a dozen tropical cocktails, Drunk Munk’s menu features grilled sea bass, Korean short ribs, mahi-mahi, and tomahawk steaks.
In Pizza We Crust
1927 North Gilbert Road, #109, Mesa
The southeast corner of Gilbert and McKellips roads in Mesa welcomes a new pizzeria. In Pizza We Crust offers 17 specialty pizzas like the bacon cheeseburger with ground beef, bacon, cheddar and Thousand Island dressing, the mac and cheese with shredded cheddar, bacon, garlic herb butter, and garlic bread crumbs and the taco supreme with ground beef, cheddar, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, taco sauce, and sour cream.
301 North Gilbert Road, Building 2, Gilbert
Topo food stand has opened in downtown Gilbert. Elote, burritos, and soft-serve ice cream are now available at this new grab-and-go cinder block street stand. The food stand is topped with an attention-grabbing, seven-foot gopher sculpture as a nod to the world of wacky American roadside attractions.
3720 North Scottsdale Road, #201, Scottsdale
The long-awaited ShinBay has reopened in Old Town Scottsdale. This high-end contemporary Japanese restaurant has opened a year after the anticipated opening date. ShinBay’s menu strictly consists of a chef’s choice meal; the standard dining experience will run you $185 per person.
66 South Dobson Road, #112, Mesa
Signature dumplings, steamed buns, noodles, and fried rice plates are being served at Happy Baos in west Mesa. This Asian restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
1652 North Higley Road, #112, Gilbert
The northwest corner of Higley and Baseline roads in Gilbert welcomes a new Mediterranean, fast-casual eatery. Arizona Pita is serving falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, and some non-Mediterranean dishes like wings and chili fries out of this strip-mall location. Nonalcoholic beverages like sodas, teas, and smoothies are also available.
Sandbar Mexican Grill
1975 East Williams Field Road, Gilbert
Sandbar Mexican Gill has opened its third metro Phoenix location on the southwest corner of SanTan Parkway and Williams Field Road. This shore-side themed restaurant and bar is best known for ample outdoor seating and beach-party vibes. The menu features burgers, salads, sandwiches, wings, and other classic pub fare.
Nando’s Mexican Café
20734 East Victoria Lane, Queen Creek
This new Queen Creek café is offering up Sonoran-style Mexican food. Dishes like green chile pork, Sonoran enchiladas, and pollo rice burros can be enjoyed in its spacious, newly constructed building.
201 South Washington Street, Chandler
The southwest corner of Washington and Chicago streets in downtown Chandler welcomes Civic Market. This new restaurant, beauty salon, and retail store shares a courtyard with QuartHaus wine and beer bar. Civic Market is serving wood-fired pizza, sandwiches, salads, and soft drinks.
Doc & Eddy’s
A massive fire has caused the closure of Doc & Eddy’s sports bar. Owners have expressed a desire to rebuild this facility. No injuries were reported.
After 23 years of business, C-Fu Gourmet Chinese restaurant of Chandler has closed its doors. This 9,000-square-foot eatery was opened in 1996 and was best known for seafood dishes and dim sum service.
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Papa Chevos Taco Shop
Papa Chevos Taco Shop of Ahwatukee has closed after five years of business. This Mexican restaurant is planning to relocate to a space on East Ray Road in Phoenix this May.
Even Stevens Sandwiches
The Utah-based chain has closed its last three remaining Arizona locations in March. The downtown Phoenix, north Tempe, and downtown Chandler locations suddenly closed on the same day. The Even Stevens Sandwich franchise has been experiencing financial troubles. The previous five Arizona locations were shut down in August 2018.
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