March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Twisted oysters from Twisted Grove in Scottsdale
March was a busy month in the restaurant scene with more than a dozen new restaurants opening all over town. Some of the newest restaurants in the Valley include second and third locations of already popular spots, while others represent the sophomore efforts of well-loved local chefs.

On the downside, we had to say good-bye to a handful of restaurants last month -- including a Scottsdale bar and restaurant that's been a landmark destination for decades.

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Johnny Chu's Sochu House in Phoenix Has Closed

Heather Hoch
Chef Johnny Chu's Central Phoenix restaurant has shuttered.
According to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page on Monday, chef Johnny Chu's Central Phoenix restaurant Sochu House has closed.

The restaurant served neo-Asian cuisine, including many dishes originally made popular at the chef's previous downtown Phoenix restaurant, Sens. Chu, who was born in Hong Kong and has opened and closed several restaurants around town over the years, opened Sochu House in July 2012.

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Greasewood Flat in Scottsdale to Close; Western Antiques, Decor to Be Sold at Auction

The landmark Scottsdale bar and restaurants will close at the end of the month.
For more than 40 years, Greasewood Flat in Scottsdale has attracted a diverse crowd of cowboys, bikers, and tourists looking to get a taste of the Old West.

Sadly, at the end of the month, the restaurant and bar at 27375 North Alma School Parkway will close its doors for good.

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Centurion Restaurant in Downtown Phoenix Has Closed

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Since June 2010, Centurion Restaurant, located at 214 W. Roosevelt Road, has been a cozy dining spot in the downtown Phoenix neighborhood. Opened by chef Eric Osburn, the restaurant offered beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as a menu of European-inspired cuisine.

Unfortunately for the restaurant's fans, Centurion closed its doors for good last month.

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February Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Tacos from the newly opened Cafe Tranquilo at The Clarendon Hotel
This month saw a whole slew of restaurant openings including some highly anticipated concepts from local restaurateurs Peter Kasperski and German Osio. February also introduced some new restaurants in familiar spaces -- Cafe Tranquilo took over the space formerly occupied by Gallo Blanco the old Bungalow Bar and Grill in Scottsdale debuted as a new Long Island-themed restaurant called The Montauk.

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January Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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A new year brought some new restaurants to metro Phoenix including a new concept from one of the city's best-loved chefs and four new restaurants at Westgate in Glendale. We also got a new location of Squid Ink Sushi, and a pizza spot that's bringing a taste of The Windy City to Gilbert.

Unfortunately, we also had to say good-bye to some our favorite spots. Most notably, we're sad to see Gallo Blanco at the Clarendon Hotel go, as well as Chandler's Barrelhouse American Kitchen and Cocktails.

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Bertie's Vintage in Arcadia Has Closed

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Laura Hahnefeld
Homemade cupcakes and a Sophia Loren shake.
Since the fall of 2012, Bertie's Vintage has been serving kick-ass milkshakes and retro candy to the Arcadia neighborhood -- all while also offering a side dose of awesome vintage shopping. Part soda fountain, part candy shop, and part vintage store, Bertie's became a catch-all destination for diners and shoppers looking to get their retro fix.

Now, according to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page, Bertie's of Arcadia has closed its doors for good.

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2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Ceviche from El Chullo in midtown Phoenix.
Last year we saw a dizzying array of new restaurants open around town and revisiting the story of each and every one makes one thing clear: it's a great time to be a diner in our local food scene.

Of course, there are sad stories of short-lived spots in last year's list of openings and closings too, but despite the loses of several longstanding restaurants and what we thought were promising spots, we're more excited than ever for what next year will bring.

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Chino Bandido in Chandler to Close; Phoenix Location Will Remain Open

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JK Grence
Chino Bandido, home of the Mexican-Asian combination plate.
After 10 years in the East Valley neighborhood, Chino Bandido in Chandler closed its doors for good at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31.

The restaurant, somewhat of a local legend, serves a unique mash-up of Chinese and Mexican cuisines -- oh, and kick ass snickerdoodle cookies.

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Four Peaks Tasting Room on Wilson Has Closed; Now Offering Brewery Tours at Original Location

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Four Peaks Brewing
For the last two years the Four Peaks Tasting Room located at 2401 South Wilson in Tempe (just off of Broadway and Roosevelt roads) has been a destination a beer drinkers looking for place to hang out and eat some food truck grub. The third location to come from the Tempe brewery opened its doors in 2012 and offered a 60-barrel system, Four Peaks signature beers on tap, and wine.

Now the brewery has decided to move in a different direction with the space -- a new direction that means saying good-bye to the neighborhood tap house.

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