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Chef Cullen Campbell’s Bar Pesce Is Now Closed

Bar Pesce is now closed.
Bar Pesce is now closed. Jackie Mercandetti
Monday, July 29, was the last day of operation for Bar Pesce — chef Cullen Campbell’s well-known restaurant which had just revamped and renamed itself in 2018. Before, the spot hidden around the corner of the shopping plaza at 36th Street and Indian School Road was Crudo, established in 2012. Now, after seven years of Campbell overseeing some sort of culinary operation at 3603 East Indian School Road, Bar Pesce will be closing as well.

Phoenix New Times, which reviewed Bar Pesce in March 2019, reported that, “Against the Phoenician grain, Campbell’s menu at Bar Pesce seems to totally eschew safe options.” Campbell had veered culinarily from Italian roots (Crudo) to other seacoasts of the world, namely Asia (Bar Pesce), but it was where you could find “one of the more fun and daring menus in town."

click to enlarge We'll never forget you, biscuit doughnuts. - JACKIE MERCANDETTI
We'll never forget you, biscuit doughnuts.
Jackie Mercandetti
There was the swordfish crudo, fried pig ear, the beautifully green Parsley My Fault cocktail, and the glistening, picturesque biscuit doughnuts.

"It's bittersweet to close Bar Pesce after seven years, but it was an amazing ride," Campbell says in a press release. "Thank you to all of our customers for making it a wonderful seven years, we appreciate all the love." No word as of now whether the spot will revamp once again or be closed for good.

The closing follows a week’s worth of specialty dinners and events, which started Tuesday, July 23, and wrapped last night with a good old-fashioned pizza party.

For more information, or to keep an eye on any updates, see the Bar Pesce website.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.