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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Proper Meats + Provisions: All-Local Farm-Raised Butchery to Open in Flagstaff, Tucson

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Proper Meats + Provisions
Paul Moir
It'll be bit of a trek for Valley food lovers, but that doesn't mean a trip to Proper Meats + Provisons in Flagstaff and later Tucson won't be worthwhile.

The butchery and deli claims to be the state's first butcher shop offering "100% Arizona farmĀ­ raised meats." Owner Paul Moir says having locations in both southern and northern Arizona will help Proper Meats create much-needed infrastructure for the local meat market, as well help bring back the lost art of butchery.

"It's a craft that died out," Moir says. "But it's coming back."

The project is the latest to come from Moir his wife, Laura , who also own Brix and Criollo Latin Kitchen in Flagstaff and Proper in Tucson. The plan is to open an outlet of Proper Meats in Flagstaff within the next two months and a second Tucson shop by the end of the year.

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Mucho Macho Taco Coming Soon, Courtesy of Former Tacos Atoyac Owner

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If you're a taco eater you'll likely remember -- with a shudder -- when Tacos Atoyac closed its doors suddenly in March. The team behind the popular Mexican restaurant, Daniel Maldonado and Pablo Lopez, had gone their separate ways.

Lopez returned less than two months later -- same space, same concept, new name: Restaurant Atoyac Estilo Oaxaca.

Now it's Maldonado's turn. He and new partner Aaron Miller are back in action and ready to announce a next project coming soon to central Phoenix.

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Angry Crab in Mesa to Open Second Location in Phoenix

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Jackie Mercandetti
Angry Crab is coming to CenPho!
If you still are looking for a good seafood experience, you really don't need to look any farther than Angry Crab Shack in Mesa to see the flaw in that thinking. The locally-owned restaurant serves a menu of Cajun seafood that includes crab, shrimp, and crawfish (on a seasonal basis).

And there's good news for fans of such spicy sea fare: The restaurant will open a second location in Phoenix later this year.

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The Sweet Shoppe and Nut House: Mill Avenue's Got a Second Candy Shop

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Lauren Saria
The Sweet Shoppe offers housemade treats including a variety of fudge.
Congrats, Tempe! You've got your very own nut house now. Ok, we kid. But it is true that about a month ago downtown Tempe added a new candy and confection shop to the mix. (At least it's not another ice cream shop.)

The new kid on the block is The Sweet Shoppe and Nut House, a second location of a Flagstaff candy store that comes courtesy of Blake and Jennifer Rolley. The shop is located at 740 S. Mill Avenue, two doors north of P.F. Chang's.

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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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Union Barrelhouse to Open in Scottsdale: House-Made Beer, Tavern Cuisine

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Union Barrelhouse
The new restaurant will open in July.
A new urban tavern will be opening in Old Town Scottsdale early next month. Union Barrelhouse, courtesy of Scottsdale restauranteur John Casale, will occupy the former home of Salty Senorita at 3636 N. Scottsdale Road.

The restaurant will offer a menu of "upscale tavern" cuisine, including salads, burgers, and a whole section dedicated to variations of grilled cheese. One of the main draws is expected to be the restaurant's proprietary draft beer program, which will include five craft beers brewed in-house.

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The Vig McCormick Ranch to Open in North Scottsdale Next Week (Here's The Menu)

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The Vig
North Scottsdale is about to add a new upscale neighborhood tavern to its list of dining and drinking options -- one that's already had success in the Central Phoenix, Arcadia, and Fillmore neighborhoods.

Next week a new location of The Vig, the bar and restaurant with four other locations in town, is set to open its doors in the McCormick Ranch neighborhood next week. The dining spot comes courtesy of well-known local restauranteurs Tucker Woodbury, Jimmy Riley, and their Genuine Concepts group.

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MOD Pizza to Open First Arizona Location in Gilbert Next Month

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The company currently operates 16 stores in Washington, Oregon, and California.
There already are nearly a half-dozen places vying for your fast-casual, create-your-own pizza dollars in town, and next month, one more will enter the Phoenix market.

The latest addition is MOD Pizza, a Seattle-based company that operates 16 locations in Washington, Oregon and California. MOD Pizza claims to be "the originator of the 'build your own pizza' concept" and has set its sights on Gilbert for the beginning of its Arizona expansion.

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