18 Favorite Indie Restaurants in Metro Phoenix with Summer Schedules

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Phoenix has always been a tough restaurant town: too many square miles, too many chains and too many white-bread diners with prosaic palates. And then there's summer -- 100+ days of 100+ temperatures -- enough to fill the pluckiest of restaurateurs with dread.

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But at least indie restaurant owners have the luxury of deciding whether it's worth staying open through the torturous dog days or whether it might make sense to take a break and close up shop for a few days, a few weeks or maybe even a month to relax, re-think, re-tool and re-energize.

Here's an alphabetical list of metro-Phoenix favorites that will be closed for a time -- or open only on specific days -- or open only at certain hours -- this summer. Plan accordingly.

Beckett's Table: July 1 through July 8

Binkley's Restaurant: July 1 though July 31

Café Bink: Closed Mondays and no Saturday pig roast until October

Cork: July 1 through July 31

Crepe Bar: Except for monthly themed dinners (check Facebook for details), dinner service has stopped for the summer. Summer Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Crudo: July 1 through 21

Essence Bakery Café: June 30 through July 15

FnB: July 2 through July 8; Closed July 9 for lunch only. Otherwise, regular hours in July. Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday in August.

Geordie's at Wrigley Mansion: July 1 through July 31 (but open for private events/parties)

The House at Secret Garden: July 1 through July 31

House of Tricks: July 7 through July 31

The Bistro at Kokopelli Winery: Closed for renovation. Re-opening in September, according to their Facebook page.

Market Street Kitchen: Lunch service halted Monday through Thursday until September (still offered Friday and Saturday; Sunday brunch has just started, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pearl Sushi Lounge, Scottsdale only: July 1 through July 31; shuttle available from Pearl Scottsdale to Pearl Chandler; call Chandler location for details.

Posh Improvisational Cuisine: June 30-July 8

Rancho Pinot: June 30 through July 31

Razz's Restaurant: Closes every summer from mid-June to about the second week in August.

Sassi: June 30 through July 8.

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Location Info

Beckett's Table

3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Bink

36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crepe Bar

7520 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rancho Pinot

6208 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pearl Sushi Lounge & Bomber Bar - CLOSED

2040 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Music


10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Razz's Restaurant & Bar

10315 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Geordie's at Wrigley Mansion

2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The House at Secret Garden - CLOSED

2501 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

House of Tricks

114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Bistro at Kokopelli Winery - CLOSED

35 W. Boston St., Chandler, AZ

Category: Music

Posh Improvisational Cuisine

7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Market Street Kitchen

20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pearl Sushi Lounge - CLOSED

4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

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No mention of Quiessence?


@Guest Kind of a different animal. They aren't going on summer hiatus. They are closing up for good, and the space will be occupied by a different restaurant. 


@that-guy is it?  I know the chefs are leaving, but I haven't seen any reference to the restaurant itself closing.  I thought closing for the summer was a regular thing, so I just assumed they'd be trying to find someone new before they open back up.

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