After Six Months, The Local in Downtown Phoenix Has Closed

Lauren Saria
The Local's Chris McKinley
It was a bright but short run for The Local. The downtown Phoenix restaurant opened on Roosevelt Row this spring, and almost exactly six months to date from its official opening, it has shuttered.

"We poured our hearts and souls into it, but at the end of the day if the numbers don't add up . . . it is what it is," says The Local chef and co-owner Chris McKinley.

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America's Taco Shop on Seventh Avenue in Phoenix Has Closed

Jackie Mercandetti
One of the original three locations of the local chain has closed.
Since 2008 America's Taco Shop has been a local favorite for carne asada and other Mexican specialties but the number of local outlets has recently decreased by one.

The second location of America's Taco Shop, found at 4447 North Seventh Avenue, closed last month. The original location at 2041 North Seventh Street and a nearby franchised location of the restaurant at 1615 East Camelback Road remain open.

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Citizen R+D in Scottsdale Has Closed, New Project in Development

Heather Hoch
R+D's Gin and Tonic will live on forever in boozy memories.
If you never made the trek up to Citizen R+D, we're sorry to report that ship has sailed. The speakeasy-style bar, which opened in 2011 and was located above Citizen Public House, has closed -- that means no more crazy flaming cocktails or vodka turning to gin before your eyes.

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Mary Coyle's Ol' Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor Has Closed After 63 Years

Katie Johnson
Mary Coyle's The Standard Banana Split
It's a sad day for ice cream loving Phoenicians. According to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page, Mary Coyle's Ice Cream Parlor has closed its doors for good.

In 2011 the restaurant and ice cream shop flirted with closure only to be a saved at the last minute by Mike Stoffey, a longtime vendor, who purchased the business with the intention of "re-establish[ing] Mary Coyle as a great community gathering place."

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September Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Tempe's got a new spot for late night eats-- and it isn't greasy pizza!
Phew! We think we can declare the dreaded summer slump officially over. That's because, with a very busy Arizona Restaurant Week wrapping up and only two spots on our closing list, it looks like most of our favorites have made it through the dead zone and into fall. While it's a damn shame that we did lose two Phoenix staples this September, we're also seeing new life in the dining scene all across the Valley.

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Stingray Sushi in Scottsdale Has Closed; New Location to Open in Chandler This Fall

Courtesy of Stingray Sushi
After 10 years, the Scottsdale sushi spot has closed its doors -- with plans for a new location in Chandler and hopes to open another in Scottsdale.
After a decade of success in Old Town Scottsdale, the original location of Stingray Sushi has closed its doors. The restaurant's lease is up, but owners say they're already looking for a new location in the area. The goal is to reopen a Scottsdale sushi outlet in 2015.

In the meantime, there's plenty of other raw fish to be had. Stingray Sushi's sister restaurant, Geisha-A-Go-Go, has expanded its lunch offerings to seven days a week, and a third location of Stringray is on track to open in the Southeast Valley later this fall.

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August Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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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After Less Than Six Months, Fusion Burritos in Gilbert Has Closed

Lauren Saria
The Seoul burrito.
It seems the Valley just isn't ready for internationally inspired burritos via a drive-thru because after less than six months Fusion Burrito in Gilbert has closed its doors for good.

The restaurant served a menu of burritos stuffed with off-the-wall toppings including meatballs, mashed potatoes, and chicken salad. As an example, consider The Seoul burrito, which was packed with roasted pork, steamed rice, shredded cabbage, carrot, radish, cilantro, and mint.

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July Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Phoenix has been lacking a doughnut truck for too long. Thanks, Rollover.
From a new food truck to the revival of two Valley restaurants into new concepts, July had some great new options for Phoenix diners, even during a time when other spots usually close for a few weeks to a month to avoid the inevitable summer slow down. Unfortunately for some spots, shuttering for that same summer slow down was a permanent deal -- though others already have revamping plans of their own.

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Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole Has Closed; Here's Where You Can Still Get Your Pie Fix

Lauren Saria
The Pie Hole on Roosevelt Row is no more.
We're sad to say The Pie Hole, the small pie-centric spot that Mamma Toledo's food truck once called its permanent home, is no longer open. The space was located adjacent to Short Leash Hot Dog's Sit...Stay restaurant on Roosevelt Row.

The good news is that you can still find Tonya Saidi and her pies in several places.

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