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

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The Lodge/Facebook
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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