La Fontanella in Arcadia Has Closed After More Than 30 Years

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Lauren Saria
Isabella Mannone-Bertuccio of La Fontanella
There must be something in the air this month because in just the last few weeks we've had to say goodbye to quite a few classic Valley restaurants. The most recent casualty: La Fontanella, the more than three decades-old Italian restaurant that served solid, old-school Tuscan cuisine in the Arcadia neighborhood.

According to the restaurant's answering machine message, owner Isabella Mannone-Bertuccio and husband, Berto, will be retiring -- and taking the time "to smell the sea breeze."

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The House at Secret Garden Has Closed

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The House at Secret Garden/Facebook
For four years The House at Secret Garden has been a destination for romantic patio dining, a go-to spot to impress out-of-towners with the restaurant's uniquely Arizonan cuisine.

Unfortunately as of Saturday, April 12 that is no longer the case.

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The Brooklyn Cafe in Scottsdale Will Close on April 19

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Jackie Mercandetti
This week starts with some sad news for fans of chef David Antonelli and his Scottsdale restaurant The Brooklyn Cafe.

According to an announcement on the restaurant's Facebook page, Antonelli has sold the business. The bright side is you still have a chance to get one last meal in since The Brooklyn Cafe's last day won't be until Saturday, April 19.

"Growing up in a family that owned restaurants in New York, I would hear some great stories about friends in the business," the post says. "One of my uncle's friends was the greatest of them all, Sirio Maccioni. Sirio once said, 'The greatest days of a restaurant owner's life is the day he opens, and then the day he sells it.'"

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T. Spot (Formerly Tien Wong) in Chandler Has Closed; Johnny Chu to Open New Hot Pot Restaurant in Sunnyslope

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Jackie Mercandetti
Craving Johnny Chu's hot pot? You're going to have to wait.
If you've got a craving for chef Johnny Chu's spicy, bubbling bowls of broth, we've got some bad news. You're going to have to wait because the chef's hot pot and ramen restaurant, T. Spot in Chandler, has closed its doors for good.

Chu re-branded the restaurant as T. Spot in fall 2013. It was called Tien Wong from 2010 until last year, when the chef added ramen and tea to the hot pot-focused menu. Chu's wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q described the concept as a "permanent pop-up" inside Tien Wong.

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March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Say hello to The Local's crispy pig ear pad thai.
Another month, another handful of painful goodbyes to Phoenix dining institutions have left us near heartbroken. However, with some exciting new restaurants hitting the scene this month as well, it almost makes up for having to let go of some favorites -- almost.

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Tacos Atoyac in Phoenix Has Closed Indefinitely

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Heather Hoch
Tacos Atoyac in Glendale.
According to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page on Friday night, Tacos Atoyac in Central Phoenix has closed its doors indefinitely.

The restaurant, owned by Oaxacan Pablo Lopez and Chilean-born Dan Maldonado, opened in 2010 and has become known as one of the Valley's best places for excellent, affordable street-style Oaxacan food -- think, tacos, tamales, and a "heavenly mole."

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Squash Blossom in Downtown Phoenix Has Closed

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After nearly two years of operation, Squash Blossom, the breakfast and lunch spot located at 705 North First Street, has closed its doors for good.

According to a post on Facebook last Friday, the restaurant shuttered as of Saturday, March 15. The restaurant had been closed the week of March 9 for "spring break."

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Now Open: Wimpy's Paradise in Chandler; Pittsburgh Willy's Closed, Relocating Soon

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East Valley residents might know Randy Walters as the owner of Pittsburgh Willie's, the hot dog spot inside Chandler's Merchant Square Antique Mall. That shop closed its doors last month after a five-year run, but don't fret, because as we told you in July, Walters has plans to open a new hot dog-centric restaurant just two miles away from the original spot. The new restaurant will be called Pittsburgh Willy's Dog House and should be open in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Walters has been busy opening yet another restaurant.

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February Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
V95 is serving up wine and charcuterie now in a place you might not expect.
With old favorites opening up new locations and many beer and wine focused concepts popping up, there was a lot to check out in the restaurant scene in February. Unfortunately, not all restaurants felt the love around Valentine's Day, though, with some area institutions shuttering permanently.

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Portland's Restaurant Now Closed; Owners to Open Oven + Vine in Midtown Phoenix

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Portland's Restaurant, the eatery and wine bar in downtown Phoenix that was a mainstay for more than a decade, closed its doors for good on Thursday, February 20.

But there's good news for fans of the restaurant and its food and drinks. The owners already are working on a project called Oven + Vine. The new restaurant will be located at 14 West Vernon Avenue in midtown.

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