Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

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Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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May Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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 the complete list of restaurants that closed and the ones that opened during the month of May.

--Lauren Saria

See also:
-- Chasing Amy: Overcooked Reality and the Decline of Western Civility
Amy's Baking Company: The Complete History

Courtesy of Chris Gross
Chris and Paola back in the day
11 Metro Phoenix Couples We'd Rather Watch Run a Restaurant Than Amy and Samy

The horror of -- and fascination with -- the Amy and Samy Show may have been seeing people's obvious dysfunction laid bare. That's why we love reality TV. It lets us feel superior. And boy did we ever, watching that train wreck. Here were two people who seemed to love each other but obviously had no business 1. operating a restaurant and 2. operating a restaurant together.

So it got us thinking about the local couples who do a fabulous job of running a restaurant together. Here are eleven of of our favorites. Please, someone, give one of these couples their own reality show -- not Amy and Samy.

--Nikki Buchanan

Courtesy of Juilian Wright
Robbie Fox Public House exterior
With Help From His New Partners, Julian Wright Is Taking Over Mill Avenue

You really do have to wonder if Mill Avenue mogul Julian Wright (who owns La Bocca Urban Pizzeria, Canteen Modern Tequila and The Handlebar on that street) ever sleeps. The restaurateur and CEO of Fork & Dagger Restaurant Group just opened Gringo Star Street Bar (also on Mill) not much more than two weeks ago, and earlier this spring, he debuted Modern Margarita in CityNorth.

And already, he has three more ideas for turning Tempe's main drag into the Wright Stuff. Here's how he plans to stay busy for the next few months.

--Nikki Buchanan

Location Info

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar

699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

The Handlebar Tempe

680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Canteen Modern Tequila Bar - CLOSED

640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Gringo Star Street Bar

501 South Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Modern Margarita

5410 E. High St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Los Altos Ranch Market

1118 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

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