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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After Less Than Six Months, Fusion Burritos in Gilbert Has Closed

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Lauren Saria
The Seoul burrito.
It seems the Valley just isn't ready for internationally inspired burritos via a drive-thru because after less than six months Fusion Burrito in Gilbert has closed its doors for good.

The restaurant served a menu of burritos stuffed with off-the-wall toppings including meatballs, mashed potatoes, and chicken salad. As an example, consider The Seoul burrito, which was packed with roasted pork, steamed rice, shredded cabbage, carrot, radish, cilantro, and mint.

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July Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Phoenix has been lacking a doughnut truck for too long. Thanks, Rollover.
From a new food truck to the revival of two Valley restaurants into new concepts, July had some great new options for Phoenix diners, even during a time when other spots usually close for a few weeks to a month to avoid the inevitable summer slow down. Unfortunately for some spots, shuttering for that same summer slow down was a permanent deal -- though others already have revamping plans of their own.

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Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole Has Closed; Here's Where You Can Still Get Your Pie Fix

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Lauren Saria
The Pie Hole on Roosevelt Row is no more.
We're sad to say The Pie Hole, the small pie-centric spot that Mamma Toledo's food truck once called its permanent home, is no longer open. The space was located adjacent to Short Leash Hot Dog's Sit...Stay restaurant on Roosevelt Row.

The good news is that you can still find Tonya Saidi and her pies in several places.

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Miracle Mile Deli at the Scottsdale Promenade Has Closed

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JK Grence
Miracle Mile Deli's Straw sandwich.
The number of places where you can get one of Miracle Mile Deli's famous Straw sandwiches is now down to one.

Last week the Scottsdale Promenade location of the Phoenix institution shut its doors for good. A post on the restaurant's Facebook page stated the company decided to close the location because of a new business opportunity.

The Miracle Mile Deli at 1949 East Camelback Road, inside the Camelback Colonnade, remains open.

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American TapHouse in Gilbert Has Closed, Moving to North Dakota -- Wait, What?

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After less than a year of operation in Gilbert, American TapHouse has shut its doors for good. The restaurant, which came courtesy of Scottsdale-based restaurant management company Tasty Brand Holdings, offered a family-friendly environment as well as a menu of American fare.

To make the sudden closure all the more bizarre, according the restaurant's website American TapHouse will be relocating to North Dakota, "to take the leap right to the heart of the oil boom to McKenzie County."

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June Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Reading and drinking go together like, well, reading and drinking.
Although just about as many restaurants opened as the ones that closed last month, the good news is that of the places that shuttered, many have plans to reopen as new concepts in the coming months. So, although it hurts to see some local mainstays shutter, it's nice to know there's something new and exciting on the horizon. How's that for a silver lining?

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Fuego Del Mar at the Camelback Esplanade Has Closed

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Jackie Mercandetti
Fuego del Mar, formerly known as Feugo Taco, closed last week.
After sticking it out for three and a half years at Camelback Esplanade, a mostly empty Biltmore-area shopping center, Fuego del Mar (formerly Fuego Tacos) closed its doors for good on Saturday, June 28.

The restaurant, owned by Jeff Ward of Fuego Restaurant Group, opened under the name Fuego Tacos in January 2011 but re-branded as Fuego del Mar, a Latin seafood restaurant. Ward has sold the restaurant to a new owner.

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Cork in Chandler to Close in July, Will Reopen as New Restaurant Earnest

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Lauren Saria
Brian Peterson
For the last six years, Cork has held out as one of the only fine dining establishments in Chandler. But next month, the restaurant's run will come to an end. On July 1, when the restaurant usually closes for its summer hiatus, Cork will close its doors for good.

The good news is the award-winning team behind the wine-centric restaurant has some new plans for the space. Cork pastry chef Danielle Morris and executive chef Brian Peterson will reinvent the space over a two-week period to reopen as an entirely new restaurant called Earnest.

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Bill Johnson's Big Apple in Mesa Has Closed; Second Online Auction to Be Held for Northwest Phoenix

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And then there was one.

As of last week only one location -- the original restaurant at 3757 East Van Buren -- remains of what was once a five restaurant mini-chain of Bill Johnson's Big Apple restaurants. The second to the last restaurant, which was located at 950 E. Main Street, closed last Monday. The news comes less than a month after the northwest Phoenix location of the restaurant closed in April.

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