Noble Eatery: Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli to Open Wood-Fired Oven Focused Restaurant

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Evie Carpenter
Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli of Noble Bread.
If you're a fan of artisan micro-bakery Noble Bread, then you'll be happy to hear the duo behind it -- baker Jason Raducha and chef-partner Claudio Uricuoli -- have plans to open a lunch restaurant in Central Phoenix later this year.

Called Noble Eatery, the new dining spot will be located at 2201 East McDowell Road in the former home of So We Meat Again. Raducha says Noble Eatery will be "a showcase for the bread" and a "place for Claudio to play."


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German Osio to Open Kale & Clover in North Scottsdale Later This Year

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Lauren Saria
Chef Chris Mayo of Central Bistro
Local restauranteur German Osio, the man behind such spots as Local Bistro and SumoMaya, has plans to expand his collection of dining spots by one later this year.

In December, Osio and the Osio Culinary Group team plan to open a fourth restaurant called Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen at 20511 N. Hayden Road at Hayden Peak Crossing in Scottsdale. Executive chef Chris Mayo will oversee the new restaurant in addition to serving as executive chef at Osio's central Phoenix restaurant, Central Bistro.

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Barrio Avion: Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza Has Opened a Restaurant at Sky Harbor Terminal 2

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Lauren Saria
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and crew at Barrio Avion.
Just weeks after announcing her plans to open a second restaurant at The Yard in Phoenix, chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has unveiled a new fast-casual concept in Terminal 2 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Called Barrio Avion, the restaurant takes a cue from Tinta Mexicana, a concept Esparza designed for the food court at Arizona Mills mall in Tempe.

At Barrio Avion, diners can build their own burritos, tacos, and bowls -- a la Chipotle -- as well as choose from a few quesadilla and salad options. The restaurant also serves beers, wine, tequila, and margaritas.

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

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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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Boulders on Southern, Sister Spot to Boulders on Broadway, to Open in Mesa

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Since 2007, Boulders on Broadway has been a destination for bike riders, beer drinkers, and students looking for a chill place to hang out. Founded by Erick and Rochelle Geryol, the spot is known for its ski lodge vibe, extensive beer list, and menu of Chicago-style pizzas, calzones, and more.

Now Geryol is taking the concept about seven miles east to 1010 W. Southern Avenue in Mesa. That's where he plans to open Boulders on Southern, a sister location to the original Boulders on Broadway.

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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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Paz Modern Taqueria to Open on Roosevelt Row Next Week

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If seeing the dark, empty space at 1011 North Third Street -- you know, the space that used to be The Local -- has been bumming you out, you'll be happy to know it won't be like that for long. A new modern taquería drawing talent from several local chefs is getting ready to take over the old The Local space.

The new dining spot, called Paz, is aiming to open by First Friday on Friday, November 7 and has a nice bit of chef power behind it. In the kitchen you'll find chefs Michael Reyes, Brian Webb (Hey, Joe!), and Joseph Aguayo (Verde).

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Tucker Woodbury to Open Linger Longer Lounge in Phoenix Later This Month

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Lauren Saria
It's been well over a year since the once popular north Phoenix drinking hole 16th Street Sports Bar closed its door but now there's some good news for residents of the neighborhood around 16th Street and Maryland.

Local restaurant developer Tucker Woodbury will open a new bar and restaurant in the space within the next few weeks. Called the Linger Longer Lounge, the new concept will be similar to Woodbury's Arcadia speakeasy-style bar The Little Woody.

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ROK Social House Offers Korean Food and Soju Cocktails Old Town Scottsdale; Here's the Menu

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If you're a fan of dark dining rooms, good- looking people, and Korean barbecue short ribs, then you might want to know about ROK Social House, a new-ish restaurant and bar in Old Town Scottsdale.

The dining and drinking spot comes courtesy of Andrew Nam, as in the man behind such similarly themed spots as Geisha-A-Go-Go and Stingray Sushi, and is located in the former home of Smashboxx nightclub.

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Lawrence Dunham Vineyards to Open Tasting Room in Scottsdale Next Month

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Later this fall Scottsdale will welcome its first Arizona vineyard wine shop and tasting room when the Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery tasting room and shop opens at 6951 E. 1st Street.

The southern Arizona winery's tasting room will be taking over a redeveloped ranch house on the southwest corner of Goldwater Boulevard and First Street in downtown Scottsdale.

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