May Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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It wasn't a great month for restauranteurs in Phoenix, with the closing of a favorite Italian joint and a wine bar that's been around for years. On the upside, we're getting a whole bunch of Togo's -- again.

See also:
April Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix
March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix


  • Little Cleo's at The Yard in Phoenix
  • "Dishes include small plates like jars of truffle butter-poached king crab, peel-and-eat shrimp, and New England clam chowder; entrees such as grilled European sea bass (loup de mer), seafood stew, and shrimp po' boys; and the restaurant's main attraction -- an ever-changing mix of seven to eight West Coast varieties of oysters."

    You can check out the full Little Cleo's menu here

  • Koryo Korean BBQ in Glendale

  • Gringo Street Bar
  • "[Owner Julian] Wright calls his new operation, located on the southeast corner of Fifth Street and Mill, a "multidimensional bar," offering arcade games, a sports component (meaning, it's a great place to watch sports on multiple TVs) and a built-into-the-wall replication of a food truck, offering up an eclectic mix of food truck fare."

    We've got more details about the new digs and a look at the art and arcade games you can expect.

  • Phoenix Public Market Cafe in Phoenix

  • Caffe Daniel in Phoenix
  • "After construction delays and hassles with his wood-burning oven, restaurateur Daniel Malventano is finally ready to get back in the restaurant game, opening Caffé Daniel at the upscale strip mall at 32nd Street and Lincoln Drive on Monday, May 6."

    Get the whole story on Caffé Daniel here.

  • Bootlegger's in Phoenix
  • "The menu -- which will feature a serious barbecue program but won't be limited to 'cue -- will specialize in down-home cooking with a dash of complexity, expressed in dishes such as pot roast with sweet onion bread pudding and burnt ends jus; Dr Pepper-braised short ribs with black pepper Antebellum grits; blackened salmon with jalapeño-peach barbecue glaze and bacon dirty rice; Dutch oven bourbon peach cobbler-bread pudding (yes, you read that right) and Nutter Butter praline pie. Of course, the pièce de résistance surely will be the Bacon Board, featuring five types of bacon served with grilled toast points and a variety of mustards."

    For more about the men behind the menu at Bootlegger's, check out our original story.

  • Beavers Choice at their new location in Mesa

  • Kneaders Bakery & Cafe in Gilbert

  • Renegade by MOD in Scottsdale
  • "Renegade by Mod (O'Dowds initials) is actually a re-launch/re-brand of Renegade Canteen (later Renegade Tap & Kitchen) in North Scottsdale, the former home of chefs Aaron May and, originally, James Beard Award winner Robert McGrath, who brought his notable Southwestern style to the restaurant when it opened it 2010."

    Find out how the opening night at Renegade by MOD went here.

  • Snoh Ice Shavery in Phoenix

Location Info

Little Cleo's Seafood Legend

5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Koryo Korean BBQ

10040 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Gringo Star Street Bar

501 South Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Public Market Cafe

14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Caffé Daniel

3115 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Renegade - CLOSED

9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Beaver Choice

745 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca - CLOSED

6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Modern Steak - CLOSED

7014 E. Camleback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Indulge Burgers & More - CLOSED

10392 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

X-Tapa Joe's Mexican Restaurant

7500 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cheuvront Wine & Cheese Cafe - CLOSED

1326 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Piccola Cucina - CLOSED

2241 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe

5155 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mia Francesca - CLOSED

20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Joey's of Chicago - CLOSED

6738 W. Bell Road, Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

I miss Chuy's Mesquite Broiler. They had the best Margaritas and chicken.

David James
David James

We all know who EVERYone keeps hoping to see on the list of Closings. ;-)

Christina Raimond
Christina Raimond

Scottsdale continues to prove that it's not the place to be.

Margaret Fenner Saunders
Margaret Fenner Saunders

I am sooo incredibly disappointed in Davanti's closing!!! It was a fave of mine & several of my friends! Shame on the owner or owners for shuttering it because they weren't attracting the Olive & Ivy crowd or the hip Searsucker crowd!!!! I guess the older more sophisticated crowd with more of a disposable income & more loyalty wasn't good enough for them!!! The least they could do is leave us with the recipe for the MOST AMAZING focaccia with honey!!!!! Not good!!!!!!!! :(

Greg Skinner
Greg Skinner

I got a note from that the Down Under Wine Bar & Bistro in Gilbert closed also. I had a coupon for them and the website let me know they'd closed.

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