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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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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