August Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Have you made it to Scottsdale's The Standard yet?
Another month, another crop of new restaurants. While some places simply rebranded, others are completely new concepts with entirely new takes on cuisine. Benihana-style Mexican restaurant, anyone? Well, whether you're into that or not, there are plenty of other new spots to check out. Unfortunately, there are also some spots that closed, too, so read on to find out if you've lost any restaurant loves in August.

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Openings:


  • The Standard, Scottsdale
    "There are separate menus for breakfast and lunch/dinner, as well as for the market side of the operation. The breakfast menu includes coffee and espresso drinks, fresh juices, and smoothies. The small selection of food choices includes a ham, egg, and cheese melt on ciabatta bread ($5) and a breakfast burrito ($6)."
  • Pizza a Metro, Gilbert
    "Pizza a Metro opened in a west Phoenix strip mall in 2007. The 20-seat restaurant serves pizzas, pastas, and other Italian favorites such as wood-fired calamari and tiramisu. Its popularity stems in part from the reasonably priced fare and cozy atmosphere. The Gilbert restaurant will serve a similar menu to that of the original restaurant."
  • Fluff It Marshmallows, Gilbert
    "Though the store offers ready-to-eat s'mores marshmallows dipped in chocolate and topped with a graham cracker crumble, Fluff It also has a s'mores bar. There you can pick your 'mallow flavor and add toppings like berries, brownies, cookies, caramel sauce, and more to create your own s'mores masterpiece."
  • Wild Game Sports Grill, Phoenix
    "Wild Game is scheduled to open in the next couple of weeks near 24th Street and Thomas Road. The new spot promises a "chef-driven menu" with smoked wings, salads, gourmet burgers, and more. What exactly "more" entails is what makes this spot more than your average sports bar -- trust us."
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    Lauren Saria
    This new Mexican eatery is more Benihana than it is Macayo's.
    Fogon Mexican Eatery, Scottsdale
    "When you first hear the idea 'Benihana-style Mexican food,' you probably have one of two reactions. Either you think it's a horrible, gimmicky concept or you think, 'Well, it might be cool.'"
  • The Beverly, Scottsdale
    "The new food menu will be overseen by executive chef Jorge Gomez, while bar manager and mixologist Rich Heider will handle the drinks. The cocktail list will offer both classic and modern cocktails including the Quiet American made with Aviation gin, watermelon, mint, and soda."
  • TEN Handcrafted American Fare & Spirits, Phoenix
    "The selection of cocktails varies from classics such as a Manhattans and margaritas to more interesting options like the pecan pie martinis made with Tito's vodka, pecan liqueur, and vanilla simple syrup."
  • The Pie Hole, Phoenix
    "[Owner Tonya] Siadi says the espresso machine will be ready to go so she'll be serving both coffee and her well-loved pies. Also also says she's trying to crowd-fund money to purchase a better oven for the space."
  • Fired Pie, Phoenix
    "The sixth location of fast-casual pizza chain Fired Pie [opened]... at the Collier Center in downtown Phoenix."



Location Info

The Standard

10050 N. Scottsdale Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pizza a Metro

832 S. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fluff It Marshmallows Cafe

1034 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Wild Game Sports Grill

2445 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fogon Mexican Eatery

7001 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Beverly

7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

TEN Handcrafted American Fare & Spirits

2501 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Pie Hole

2329 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fired Pie

201 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mabel's on Main - CLOSED

7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Taco Haus - CLOSED

7318 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lola Coffee - CLOSED

5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fusion Burritos - CLOSED

546 N. Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
David Topping
David Topping

Perhaps including cringe-worthy grammatical errors is a new social-media trick to get people to engage with posts? If so, I guess it worked! :-)

Ryan Gielow
Ryan Gielow

Lol grammar and truth are of little consequence to the Phoenix New Times

Ross Trumble
Ross Trumble

edit button is revealed by the down facing arrow in the top right corner. you can do it

Kathy Genty Mallory
Kathy Genty Mallory

NT has NO IDEA there are restaurants on the west side. I'm SOOOOO tired of hearing about Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler.

Andrew Carraway
Andrew Carraway

Hey, Phoenix New Times - probably need to hire an editor for your Facebook posts. Mixing up basic grammar is embarrassing.

Maggie Spear
Maggie Spear

And English teachers all around the world sighed a collective sigh at this post.

Kelly J Kelly
Kelly J Kelly

I just tried "Earnest" in Chandler. It's in the old Cork location. WOW... LOVED it! Hadn't even known Cork was closing.

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