October Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix
This month, the openings far outnumbered the closings as we saw several Valley dining outlets re-open and we welcomed a whole slew of new food trucks to the scene. We're waving goodbye to Aaron May's beer-centric Scottsdale restaurant, Praying Monk, but don't fret, there's something else exciting on the horizon . . .
Bufala Verace S.T.G. from Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana and Forno Fabbri Italian Market & Mozzarella Bar
- Pomo Pizzeria and Forno Fabbri Italian Market & Mozzarella Bar, Scottsdale
- The Roasted Shallot, food truck
- Steak 'n Shake, Tempe
- Chedda Truck, food truck (re-opening)
- Stacy's Smoke Dem Bones Pit Stop, Phoenix
- Hopdoddy Burger, Scottsdale
- Wicked Six Bar and Grill, Fountain Hills
"On the heels of opening North Scottsdale's Renegade by MOD in May, ex-Kai chef Michael O'Dowd and partners Ed Leclere and Don Misheff of Vivid Lifestyle Concepts have opened their second restaurant -- this one tucked into a golf club in Fountain Hills."
- Rock A Belly, food truck
"Since losing their restaurant's home at The Borgata of Scottsdale shopping center early this year, the Italian trio not only made plans to re-locate Pomo, they expanded it as well -- first with a downtown location that opened in May, and now with a location in Scottsdale's Gainey Village that opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 30."
Find out what columnist Eric Schaefer thought of the Midwestern legacy's Arizona outlet, here.
"Last June, Nick Watts' mobile kitchen of grilled cheese sandwiches, called Chedda Truck, made its debut to a huge (and unexpected) crowd at Artistic Tattoo in Central Phoenix."
"Stacy Phipps may have taken a few hits in his restaurant career, but the Phoenix barbecue man hasn't been knocked out yet."
"Heads up, burger-and-beer hounds: Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the Austin-based counter-service eatery from the owners of Roaring Fork and Salty Sow, is opening its doors in Scottsdale tomorrow."
"Talk to chef-owner Jordan Murray about his new food truck, Rock A Belly, and it isn't hard to figure out what he's passionate about."