Okra, Italian-Southern Hybrid, Has Closed

Okra, the much-hyped eatery on Seventh Street in central Phoenix, closed yesterday.

The restaurant was launched in fall 2015. It was the second spot opened by the Crudo team — Cullen Campbell, Maureen McGrath, and Micah Olson.

Okra served a bold fusion of two beloved cuisines: Southern and Italian.

Okra had culinary originality in spades. The restaurant was almost certainly the only place in metro Phoenix where you could dine on grits with n'duja, or an Umbrian take on fried chicken.

A posting or two on social media praised Okra's closing dinner. Okra's PR agency confirmed the closure. We'll share further details as they become known.

Update: A statement from the owners has been released.

“It is with a heavy heart we have decided to close Okra due to my move to California," said Okra co-owner Maureen McGrath. “Cullen Campbell will continue to focus on Crudo in Phoenix. We’d like to thank everyone for all of the support during the past two years.”

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