May Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Michael O'Dowd is back on the scene, but this time in a cozy downtown Phoenix house.
Even though the busy tourist season in Phoenix has come and gone, the good news for Phoenix food lovers is that we've still had more great spots open up in the past month than we've had to say goodbye to. We've even seen some previously-closed favorite restaurants open back up.

In case you missed it, here are all of the brand new, resurrected, and fallen (but not forgotten) spots that changed Phoenix's dining scene in May.

See Also: 5 Things Food and Drink Lovers Need in Metro Phoenix Right Now


  • Urban Vine
  • "The new space still shows a little bit of the whimsy O'Dowd was putting out at Renegade by MOD, though nowhere near the same scale. Then again, it's still very early. We enjoyed just about everything we tried so as long as the food stays on the current track, we'll be happy to keep going back."

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    Classic Italian Pizza is back, Tempe 'za lovers!
  • Classic Italian Pizza
  • "The new restaurant offers a bar and dining room and features a menu that's "90 percent the same" as at the old location, according Began. That means you can look forward to a selection of top-quality wood fired pizzas..."

  • JamRock Cafe & Grill
  • "The restaurant... serves a small menu of Carribean and Jamaican cuisine -- think entrées like oxtail, jerk chicken, and curry goat to be enjoyed with an ice-cold Red Stripe. The restaurant offers a full bar, large outdoor patio, and expects to host live music on weekend nights."

    Lauren Saria
  • RaspadoRico
  • You can get a raspado at RaspadoRico in 10 flavors, including mango, pineapple, coconut, tamarind, pecan, strawberry, vanilla, and jamaica. They can be ordered in three sizes that range in price from $3.50 to $5. You also can add ice cream for an extra buck or lechera (sweetened condensed milk) for just a quarter.

  • Southern Rail
  • "Expect dishes such as house-smoked chicken and grilled andouille sausage gumbo; beignets; cornbread salad with grilled cauliflower, marinated tomatoes, pickled beets and okra; house-smoked trout with sweet pea cake and spiced tomato jam; and fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese."

Location Info

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

1 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Tokyo Joe's

1935 S. Val Vista Drive, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Southern Rail

300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Classic Italian Pizza

6434 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Urban Vine

2201 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

JamRock Cafe & Grill

1714 W Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


1522 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fusion Burritos - CLOSED

546 N. Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pink Spot - CLOSED

49 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Scottsdale Station - CLOSED

8220 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bill Johnson's Big Apple - CLOSED

16810 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nourish at Optima Camelview Village - CLOSED

7147 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Keith Bailey
Keith Bailey

Tacos Atoyac is back but missing the most important part DAN!!!!!

Eric Turcott
Eric Turcott

#causeyourdoodtasteslikeshit #masterchef4

Jesse Duran
Jesse Duran

They didn't even bring up Corbin's! I am kinda shocked. They closed Saturday:(

Sue White
Sue White

The Pink Spot closing is the worst news, ever, especially as summer is starting. I am devastated. Where will I go to sneak a delish shake as "fuel'" for hot summer yard work days when I pretend I work off all the calories? I am in mourning.


yes - restaurants that opened or closed in the MONTH OF MAY! It's a monthly feature of this magazine/website.


not important, they have a cute girl to stand next to the cash register.

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