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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Wahsun in North Phoenix Has Closed

Heather Hoch
Goodbye, roast duck. You'll be missed.
We're going to need a moment to get over this one, folks. Because while there are a number of solid options for Chinese cuisine around town, there was only one place where you could pay $8 for an excellent and sizable portion of succulent roasted duck.

And unfortunately for us all, that place is no more.

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November Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Welcome Chicken + Donuts exploded onto the scene early last month.
Last month we welcomed quite a few new dining spots into the local dining scene. The newcomers include a second restaurant from Michael Babcock and Jenn Robinson (Welcome Diner) and a new restaurant concept from chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. In November we also said good-bye to a few of our local spots -- most notably to Arizona landmark Monti's La Casa Veija in Tempe.

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The Lodge in Scottsdale Is Closing This Weekend; New Location to Open in Tempe

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Get ready to say good-bye to The Lodge in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale will lose a standby dining and drinking spot this Sunday when chef Aaron May's The Lodge closes its doors for good. Known for its cabin-esque atmosphere and infamous Sasquatch Burger, The Lodge has been a popular locale for dining and drinking during the day and night.

The silver lining to the loss is that May and his Lodge co-owners have purchased another nearby bar. Owner Quinn Goldsberry says they won't be changing the new spot into The Lodge, but that they will be re-opening the bar elsewhere.

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October Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Orange Glazed doughnut from Rollover Doughnuts
October was a dramatic month for the Valley dining scene. We said good-bye to the short-lived but well-received downtown restaurant, The Local, and learned that we'd never see Eliot Wexler's Noca open again. This week will be your last chance to dine at chef James Porter's Petite Maison in Scottsdale; he and his wife Wendy announced last month that they sold their cozy spot to new owners.

But despite some big losses, there's still plenty to look forward to as we head into the busy season. We counted dozens of new restaurant and bar openings around town with more coming just around the corner.

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Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Mesa Has Closed, Is Moving to North Phoenix Soon

Ted Roundy
Toby Keith's at Mesa Riverview has closed.
East Valley residents with a love for country music and southern eats will have quite a drive to get their fix now that Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill has closed at Mesa Riverview.

The restaurant and bar is moving all the way up to North Phoenix, specifically to the High Street dining/retail/residential complex at 5310 East High Street. An official opening date for the new location has yet to be announced, but in the meantime the Toby Keith's location in Peoria remains open.

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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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