September Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Phoenicians welcomed a whole bunch of new restaurants last month, including the second location of Portillo's and couple new vegan-friendly spots. And the month also saw a few makeovers completed. You can officially check out the fresh digs at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort, or grab a cocktail at their new Mix Up Bar. In central Phoenix, Coronado's Astor House reinvented itself as a neighborhood BBQ joint; read on to check out what we thought of the new concept.

See also: 10 Most Chef-Anticipated New Restaurants in Greater Phoenix



  • Rock-N-Roll Fingers, Tempe
  • "Rock-N-Roll Fingers, the Valley's only locally owned spot specializing in chicken fingers of the fresh-not-frozen kind, has shuttered."

  • Mambo's Restaurant, Queen Creek
  • "Mambo's, the family-owned restaurant serving traditional comida dominicana in Queen Creek, has shuttered.

    Courtesy of former New Yorker Eddie Taveras and his family, Mambo's, which opened under a year ago, brought the food and flavors of the Dominican Republic to a former pizza joint in Queen Creek."

  • 5 Star BBQ & Grill, Mesa
  • "Mesa residents now have one fewer option for pulled pork, brisket, and racks of ribs -- 5 Star BBQ & Grill has shuttered.

    The 'cue joint, owned by Jim and Joanne Hauer, who started 5 Star as a barbecue-focused catering company in 2009, opened in a former Taco Bell on Country Club Drive, just north of Mesa's Main Street, in September of last year."

Follow Chow Bella on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.