May Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

It wasn't a great month for restauranteurs in Phoenix, with the closing of a favorite Italian joint and a wine bar that's been around for years. On the upside, we're getting a whole bunch of Togo's -- again.

See also: April Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix


  • Little Cleo's at The Yard in Phoenix
  • "Dishes include small plates like jars of truffle butter-poached king crab, peel-and-eat shrimp, and New England clam chowder; entrees such as grilled European sea bass (loup de mer), seafood stew, and shrimp po' boys; and the restaurant's main attraction -- an ever-changing mix of seven to eight West Coast varieties of oysters."

    You can check out the full Little Cleo's menu here

  • Koryo Korean BBQ in Glendale
  • Gringo Street Bar
  • "[Owner Julian] Wright calls his new operation, located on the southeast corner of Fifth Street and Mill, a "multidimensional bar," offering arcade games, a sports component (meaning, it's a great place to watch sports on multiple TVs) and a built-into-the-wall replication of a food truck, offering up an eclectic mix of food truck fare."

    We've got more details about the new digs and a look at the art and arcade games you can expect.

  • Phoenix Public Market Cafe in Phoenix
  • Caffe Daniel in Phoenix
  • "After construction delays and hassles with his wood-burning oven, restaurateur Daniel Malventano is finally ready to get back in the restaurant game, opening Caffé Daniel at the upscale strip mall at 32nd Street and Lincoln Drive on Monday, May 6."

    Get the whole story on Caffé Daniel here.

  • Bootlegger's in Phoenix
  • "The menu -- which will feature a serious barbecue program but won't be limited to 'cue -- will specialize in down-home cooking with a dash of complexity, expressed in dishes such as pot roast with sweet onion bread pudding and burnt ends jus; Dr Pepper-braised short ribs with black pepper Antebellum grits; blackened salmon with jalapeño-peach barbecue glaze and bacon dirty rice; Dutch oven bourbon peach cobbler-bread pudding (yes, you read that right) and Nutter Butter praline pie. Of course, the pièce de résistance surely will be the Bacon Board, featuring five types of bacon served with grilled toast points and a variety of mustards."

    For more about the men behind the menu at Bootlegger's, check out our original story.

  • Beavers Choice at their new location in Mesa
  • Kneaders Bakery & Cafe in Gilbert
  • Renegade by MOD in Scottsdale
  • "Renegade by Mod (O'Dowds initials) is actually a re-launch/re-brand of Renegade Canteen (later Renegade Tap & Kitchen) in North Scottsdale, the former home of chefs Aaron May and, originally, James Beard Award winner Robert McGrath, who brought his notable Southwestern style to the restaurant when it opened it 2010."

    Find out how the opening night at Renegade by MOD went here.

  • Snoh Ice Shavery in Phoenix


  • T. Cook's at the Royal Plams (for summer and renovations)
  • "While T. Cook's and its famously cozy bar undergo renovation this summer, [Paul] McCabe will operate out of Cervantes Bistro, a pop-up of sorts on the property, which features an extensive collection of original art."

    There's a lot going down this summer at T. Cook's -- get the rest of the news here.

  • Whoopie Baking Co.at Union in Phoenix
  • Joey's Chicago in Glendale
  • Pomo Pizzeria in Scottsdale (will reopen at the Shops at Gainey Village on June 3)
  • Modern Steak in Scottsdale
  • "What??? This was one of my favorite restaurants!" A comment on Modern Steak's Facebook page read. "No notice for your loyal guests so they could come by one last time before you closed . . . Boooooo."

  • Davanti Enoteca in Scottsdale
  • "The city of Scottsdale takes another punch to the restaurant-scene gut today -- and this one's a doozy: Davanti Enoteca has shuttered after just nine months."

  • Indulge Burgers and More in Scottsdale
  • Cask 63 in Scottsdale
  • X-Tapa Joe's in Scottsdale
  • Cheuvront in Phoenix
  • "Known for its impressive wine selection and epic cheese boards (not to mention some tasty mac 'n' cheese selections), Cheuvront's has made a go of pleasing customers for 10 years at its home at at 1326 North Central Avenue.

    But times, they are a-changin'."

    Good news is there will be a new Cheuvront's location. Find out where.

  • La Piccola Cucina in Phoenix
  • Mia Francesca in Scottsdale

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