March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Heather Hoch
Say hello to The Local's crispy pig ear pad thai.
Another month, another handful of painful goodbyes to Phoenix dining institutions have left us near heartbroken. However, with some exciting new restaurants hitting the scene this month as well, it almost makes up for having to let go of some favorites -- almost.


  • The Local, Phoenix The Local just opened last Thusday on the northeast corner of Roosevelt and Third Street downtown and it's already getting us excited with innovative flavor pairings in their craft cocktail menu and some equally unique dishes. Case in point, the crispy pig ear pad thai, which ditches noodles all together and let's the crunchy, fatty, decadent pig ear play the main role in the dish.
  • Il Capo Pizzeria, Scottsdale
    "The restaurant, which has been open for a few weeks, also offers housemade charcuterie, salads, calzones, and panini. Pizza is available by the slice ($4) in varieties such as classic margherita and Diavolo, with tomato sauce, fennel, sopressata, chills, and ricotta."
  • Henry's Private Kitchen, Mesa
    "Henry's Private Kitchen's menu features more than 200 items, many of which are hard, if not impossible, to find elsewhere in the Valley. Some of the highlights include bittermelon and pineapple hot pots, yin tsai (Chinese spinach) and fresh bamboo, and Taiwanese-style sauteed beef."
  • Sazon Bachata, Phoenix
    "You'll find el menu de hoy -- or "the menu today" -- written on the front chalkboard wall. It contains items like tilapia en coco ($9), bistec en casuela ($19), and pollo guisado ($8). Breakfast options include steamed yucca, fruit smoothies, eggs, and mangu, or mashed plantains."
  • J-Licious Tasty Teazy Taqueria, Phoenix
    "Earlier this year we told you that J-Licious Food Truck was taking things brick-and-mortar with plans to open a restaurant on Roosevelt Row. Well, the time has finally come, and now owner and chef Jordan Keane and her mother, Lynne R. Kean (she goes by "MaMaJ"), are ready to open the doors to J-Licious Tasty Teazy Taqueria."
  • Momenti Pizzeria, Phoenix
    "Momenti Pizzeria will be serving five different types of 12-inch personal pizzas: cheese, margherita, pepperoni, sausage and pepper, and white. That's in addition to the option to "make your own masterpiece" by selecting from a list of toppings that includes anchovies, bacon, basil pesto, Canadian bacon, caramelized onions, pineapple, and more."
  • Sip Coffee and Beer House, Scottsdale
    "Sip Coffee and Beer House, located at 3617 North Goldwater Road, is now open and serving a small menu of breakfast and lunch items, caffeinated drinks from Cartel coffee, craft beer, wine, and a menu of cocktails written by a certain well-known mixologist."

Location Info

The Local

1011 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Il Capo Pizzeria

7366 East Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Henry's Private Kitchen

1440 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sazon Bachata Restaurant

906 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Wimpy's Paradise

48 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Coronado Café - CLOSED

2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

J-Licious Tasty Teazy Taqueria

610 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Momenti Local Pizzeria

4740 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Panera Bread

2845 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Squash Blossom - CLOSED

705 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Karsh's Bakery - CLOSED

5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Atoyac - CLOSED

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pittsburgh Willy's - CLOSED

1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sip Coffee & Beer House

3617 North Goldwater Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Second Story Liquor Bar

4166 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pizza Studio

11 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Stadium Sports Grill

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Joe Kennedy

Johnny's Chicago Red Hots closed his doors after being a Phoenix staple for 30 years. And not even a blurb? Shame shame PNT.

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Christa Terrasas

I would have to agree about Tacos Atoyac. Hands down that was the best place to get over a hangover :(

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David James

There's still no word, or explanation, on the TA page here. Worst case would be some grave family emergency. It seems that if their biz had slowed they'd have mentioned it. It's still a big mystery.

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Yo, Phoenix New Times, Arnie hadn't owned Karsh's since at least 2005.

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