Restaurant News

July Restaurant Openings and Closings: Greetings to The G.O.A.T., Bye Mi Vegana Madre

The Golden Pineapple is now open in Tempe.
The Golden Pineapple is now open in Tempe. Lauren Cusimano
Good job to anyone opening a restaurant right now. COVID, dead of summer: just, wow. We applaud the brave souls neatly listed below.

But as one would expect, the Valley lost a few eateries this month as well — also documented here.

Let's dig in.


The Buffalo Spot

1660 West Southern Avenue, Mesa

A fourth location of The Buffalo Spot has opened in the Fiesta District of Mesa, right across the street from Mesa Community College and down a ways from the Target. The menu is the same as at its other Valley locations: loaded fries, wings, fingers, and more.

Flavorz Fish&Chicken

9706 North Seventh Street

This family-owned eatery specializes in deep-fried catfish, chicken wings, and baked macaroni and cheese. There's also a variety of cakes baked in-house daily as well as a sweet and spicy house sauce called "sticky sauce." It's been a family staple for generations, and now on the menu at Flavorz Fish&Chicken.

The G.O.A.T. Sports Grill

6655 East McDowell Road, #101, Mesa

The G.O.A.T. Sports Grill is exactly what you’d expect from the name: spaciously placed high-top tables, a menu of American pub fare, and flat screens everywhere. G.O.A.T., of course, stands for "Greatest Of All Time." The new northeast Mesa sports bar is located at Power and McDowell roads. Beers, mixed drinks, and saucy wings are also on the menu.

The Golden Pineapple

2700 South Mill Avenue, Tempe

The Golden Pineapple has opened on lower Mill Avenue, taking over the building previously occupied by Quartiere and Riazzi’s Italian Garden. The new Tempe restaurant is overseen by the team behind The Theodore, The Sleepy Whale, and The Wandering Tortoise. The Golden Pineapple serves craft cocktails, brunch, and dinner. Menu items often rope in local purveyors, like the Chula Oysters, Nelson’s Tuna Crudo, and tamale fries with Schreiner's Fine Sausage chorizo.

click to enlarge Greenwood Brewing (and Greenwood Taproom) is open in downtown Phoenix. - NATASHA YEE
Greenwood Brewing (and Greenwood Taproom) is open in downtown Phoenix.
Natasha Yee

Greenwood Brewing

425 East Roosevelt Street

Greenwood Brewing (and Greenwood Taproom), a female-owned and -operated brewery, opened its Roosevelt Row doors on July 18. The space is modern, light, and airy, with lots of natural sunlight and two patios — the courtyard and the garden. There are six available brews (though eight more are in the works) including the signature beer, Herstory Brew Pale Ale, and the most popular brew, Essence Rosemary IPA. We’ve already stopped by for a flight.

Howler’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

1026 South Gilbert Road, Gilbert

Howler’s Restaurant & Sports Bar has opened the first of what will be a small local chain of Valley sports bars in mid-July. Set in Gilbert Town Square, it offers pub fare like Howler’s Wings and the Howlin' Dog, as well as pizza, pasta, burgers, and desserts. There’s also tons of beer and a full bar.

La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen

140 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler

The second location of La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen has opened, this one in downtown Chandler at the Overstreet complex. The new New Mexican restaurant offers the same menu as its flagship Gilbert location, including carne asada sliders, beer-battered fish tacos, adovada short ribs, and more.

click to enlarge Salad and Go has a new Tempe location. - SALAD AND GO
Salad and Go has a new Tempe location.
Salad and Go

Salad and Go

909 East Broadway Road, Tempe

Arizona's favorite salad-slinging drive-thru restaurant has opened another location, this one in Tempe at the southwest corner of Rural and Broadway roads (it's the old Applebee’s). In addition to the 18 current locations that have cropped up since 2013, Salad and Go is expanding to include another 16 locations in the Phoenix area within the next year.

Tacos Lupe

1352 East Broadway Road, Mesa

A new fast-casual Mesa taqueria has opened at the northeast corner of Stapley Drive and Broadway Road. Menu items include birria quesa tacos with a side of broth dip, bacon-wrapped colored hot dogs, and extremely cheesy tacos. Tacos Lupe offers patio and dine-in service, takeout, and drive-thru window.

click to enlarge Mi Vegana Madre in downtown Glendale has closed. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Mi Vegana Madre in downtown Glendale has closed.
Lauren Cusimano

McMahon’s Ice Cream

This family-owned and -operated Chandler ice cream shop has closed. McMahon’s Ice Cream had been in operation for three years but went out with a bang (record sales on the second-to-last day, according to its Facebook page).

Mi Vegana Madre

The vegan Mexican restaurant in Old Towne Glendale announced on social media earlier this month that it would close July 31. The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 was blamed, but a glimmer of hope was also posted. “This is not goodbye," the post read. "Please stay tuned for the next chapter in our journey.”

YC’s Mongolian Grill

The Chandler location of YC’s Mongolian Grill, the Mongolian-inspired customizable stir-fry dish eatery, has closed. However, the four other locations remain, there may be news of a Scottsdale site opening soon.

See what Valley restaurants are offering takeout, delivery, and dine-in services. Find these new spots and many more Phoenix-area eateries in our Phoenix Restaurant Directory. Editor’s note: This article was updated from its original version.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
Contact: Lauren Cusimano