The Yacht Club in Arcadia Has Closed

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Sorry, sailors, but it looks like you have one less place to get your seafood fix.

As of earlier this month, The Yacht Club in Arcadia has closed its doors for good. The restaurant, which occupied a high-profile location on Indian School Road near 44th Street, has been dark for weeks and the phone line has been disconnected. 

The restaurant opened about a year ago at 4231 East Indian School Road, in the former home of longstanding Italian restaurant La Fontanella. The casual seafood eatery came from local restaurateur Aaron May, who's best known as the man behind Over Easy, and for The Lodge, a Sasquatch-themed bar and restaurant originally located in Old Town Scottsdale, though it moved to Tempe last summer. 

The Yacht Club opened amid a spike of seafood restaurants in the Valley that included spots such as Walrus & the Pearl, an oyster bar located at Downtown Phoenix's DeSoto Central Market, and Buck &Rider, a seafood restaurant also located in Arcadia that comes from the well-known LGO Hospitality Group (Le Grande Orange Grocery, Chelsea's Kitchen, Ingo's Tasty Food). The restaurant, however, struggled to find its groove, receiving a lukewarm review from New Times just four months ago. 

The Tempe location of May's Over Easy, which opened in June 2015, also shuttered earlier this year. That restaurant was open for just seven months. 

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

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.