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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Cuff: New Restaurant to Open in Historic Downtown Glendale Next Month

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The new restaurant is of one of three new projects to come to downtown Glendale.
The West Valley hasn't exactly been a destination for ambitious chefs looking to make their mark in the local culinary scene. But with a new restaurant coming to downtown Glendale, that may start to change.

Later this fall, Cuff, a New American Restaurant, will open its doors at 5819 West Glendale Avenue in the heart of the city's historic downtown. The restaurant comes courtesy of executive chef and owner Tom Harvey, formerly of Eddie V's in Scottsdale.

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Wild Game Brings Bison Burgers and Big Screens to CenPho This Fall

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Just in time for football season, CenPho is getting a new bar and grill equipped with a 120-by-65-inch dual projector. That means we predict a lot of you will be spending sometime in front of the big screen at Wild Game Sports Grill this fall, and who could blame you?

Wild Game is scheduled to open in the next couple of weeks near 24th Street and Thomas Road. The new spot promises a "chef-driven menu" with smoked wings, salads, gourmet burgers, and more. What exactly "more" entails is what makes this spot more than your average sports bar -- trust us.

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Perfect Pear Bistro to Open Second Location in Tempe

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New American comfort food is coming your way, Tempe.
A popular new spot in the Ahwatukee foothills is opening up a second location after less than a year. The Perfect Pear Bistro will open in Tempe later next month, bringing its "new American comfort food" and bistro eats to the corner of Priest Drive and Ray Road.

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The Sushi Room in Chandler to Rebrand as Rock Lobster Next Month

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Melissa Fossum
A sushi-making class at The Sushi Room last summer.
Add yet another local restaurant to the list of places going for a rebrand this summer. Every time we turn around, it seems another spot has gotten a face lift and a new name.

This time, it's The Sushi Room in Chandler's turn to change things. The restaurant, which opened its doors in 2011, will reopen as a new concept called Rock Lobster on Tuesday, September 2.

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The Beverly to Open Next Week in Former Mabel's on Main Space; Here's the Menu

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The bar at Mabel's on Main will remain intact.
For years, Mabel's on Main was a go-to spot in Scottsdale for a well-crafted cocktail you could enjoy in a dramatic, high-style atmosphere. The dark wooden bar, leather banquettes, and hidden private room (or didn't you know about that already?) made it a one-of-a-kind spot in Old Town.

Now chef-partner Aaron May has sold the swanky dining and drinking spot to other familiar set of local restaurateurs, Genuine Concepts -- the group responsible for The Vig, The Little Woody, and the recently opened barcade The King. They're closing Mabel's to make room for a new concept called The Beverly.

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TEN Handcrafted American Fare & Spirits to Open Later This Month at Camelback Esplanade

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It's been about only two months since Fuego del Mar (formerly Fuego Taco) closed its doors at Camelback Esplanade after a three-and-a-half-year run. But already a new restaurant has moved into the space and plans to open for business within the next week.

The newest spot to come to the Biltmore area shopping center is called TEN Handcrafted American Fare & Spirits and comes courtesy of a former Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill corportate chef, Jeff Hostenske.

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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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Chandler's The Living Room Wine Cafe and Lounge Is Coming to DC Ranch in Scottsdale

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Since December 2009, The Living Room Wine Cafe and Lounge has been bringing wine and simple fare to East Valley diners and drinkers. Now owner by Tom Kaufman (also of Humble Pie) has plans to bring the concept to north Scottsdale.

If everything goes as planned, the newest location of The Living Room Wine Cafe and Lounge will be at 20751 N Pima Rd., suite #120 in the DC Ranch Marketplace. The space was most recently occupied by Armitage Bistro, a wine lounge that closed its doors earlier this year.

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NYPD Pizza to Open on Mill Avenue in Tempe Next Week

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Next Monday, July 28, NYPD Pizza -- the locally-owned pizza chain with 11 other locations around the Valley -- will open its newest restaurant at 222 S. Mill Avenue. The restaurant will be inside the Tempe Gateway building, across the street from the Mill Ave./Third Street light rail stop.

The restaurant offers New York-style pizza, as well as salads, sandwiches, pastas, and calzones.

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