Shine Coffee to Become Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee on Saturday, October 4

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Lauren Saria
The Bear Doughnut
Here's some big news for fans of Short Leash Hot Dog's sweet sister concept, Rollover Doughnuts: The food truck has a permanent home before its wheels have even hit the streets.

That's right, Rollover Doughnuts, the yet-to-be-revealed doughnut food truck from Brad and Kat Moore, is already making the move to brick-and-mortar. Shine Coffee owners Christiaan and Laryn Block have transferred ownership of their business to the Moores, who will use it to house an expanded version of their latest concept, Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee.

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Pittsburgh Willy's Dog House Will Not Be Opening in Downtown Chandler

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Lauren Saria
The Wild Willy from Pittsburgh Willy's
It's been over a year since Randy Walters, the man behind Pittsburgh Willy's, announced plans to open a freestanding hot dog-centric spot called Pittsburgh Willy's Dog House in downtown Chandler. Walters had every intention of opening at 159 West Commonwealth and has even been paying rent on the space since last October. Unfortunately as of this week, Walters says he is abandoning those plans -- at least for now.

"It just got to the point that it was financially draining me and exhausting me," Walters says. "We decided we're going to let that property go."

The good news is you'll be able to get your Pittsburgh Willy's fix shortly.

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The Pink Pony Hires Stephen K. Eldridge as New Executive Chef

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Courtesy of Chef Eldridge
Most recently chef Eldridge was heading up the kitchen (and gardens) at Gertrude's.
Since re-launching under new ownership earlier this year, Pink Pony has had a bumpy ride. For those who don't remember, here's a quick recap: Scottsdale' oldest restaurant re-opened with a new look and menu under executive chef Donald Fawcett in March. By July, we learned Fawcett and his entire staff including the pastry chef and general manager had been fired -- which was probably a good thing because the food hadn't been very well-received.

Now it's fall and the restaurant is ready to name its new executive chef. The Pink Pony has hired Stephen K. Eldridge to take over the historical Scottsdale kitchen.

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California Appeals Court Affirms Yelp's Ability to Manipulate Reviews for Money

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The world of online reviews may have just gotten even more dangerous for business owners.
You'll be wanting to take that Yelp review with an extra grain of salt in light of a California court's ruling last week. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Yelp is allowed to manipulate users' reviews for money. As in, it's not illegal for Yelp to remove positive reviews if a business declines to advertise on the site.

In a blog, Yelp maintains that the company "has never done this and individuals making such claims are either misinformed, or more typically, have an axe to grind" -- but the ruling sets an undeniably scary precedent for small business owners whose livelihood can be significantly affected by online reviews.

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Bootleggers Modern American Kitchen Taps Stephen Jones as New Executive Chef

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Chef Stephen Jones, most recently of Blue Hound Kitchen in downtown Phoenix.
For a while now, Bootleggers Modern American Steakhouse has been a ship without a captain -- or at least, an official one. Several months ago, executive chef James Fox and the restaurant quietly parted ways.

Now owner Rick Phillips is ready to announce the restaurant's new culinary lead. And good news, it's a name local food lovers are likely to know: Stephen Jones. Jones left his gig as executive chef of Blue Hound Kitchen at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix in August; he'd been at that restaurant since it opened in 2012.


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Noca in Phoenix Closes Suddenly for "House Cleaning"

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Evie Carpenter
Hamchi Crudo from Noca's dinner service earlier this year.
Don't panic just yet.

According to a sign posted on the door, Noca is closed for "house cleaning." But the cryptic note doesn't give any details about when the restaurant will reopen -- if at all.

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Barrio Queen in Gilbert to Open Under Chef Elena Moreno; Additional Locations to Follow

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Construction for the second location of Barrio Queen is marked for completion in February 2015.
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza is no longer a part of Barrio Queen, but that doesn't mean the restaurant's owners don't have big plans for the Mexican restaurant concept.

Barrio Culinary Concepts, parent company to Barrio Queen restaurant in Scottsdale, has solidified plans to open a second Barrio Queen in Gilbert -- and is already in negotiations for even more Barrio Queen locations.

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Moises Treves, Phoenix Mexican Cuisine Pioneer, Has Died

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Jackie Mercandetti
Camaron al Mojo de Ajo at Así es la Vida
Moises Treves, the chef often credited with introducing Valley diners to Central Mexican cuisine, died last week. It's been more than a decade since the local food pioneer sold his Phoenix restaurant, Such Is Life, but the mark Treves made on the Valley food scene can still be seen -- and tasted -- today.

Treves opened Such is Life on 24th Street just north of Osborn Road in 1993. At that time his menu of delicacies such as mole, Veracruz-style pescado, and cochinita pibil was one of a kind in town. The fine-dining Mexican restaurant even got national attention, named one of Phoenix's most interesting dining destinations by the New York Times.

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The Simple Farm Closes Thursday Farmers Market, Will Focus on CSA and Education

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Lauren Saria
The Simple Farm's award-winning goat milk caramels.
We've got some bad news for those of you who never got the chance to check out the charming The Simple Farm in Scottsdale. The urban farm -- which is also the private residence of owners Lylah and Michael Ledner -- is no longer going to be open to the public on Thursday mornings.

"Though it was a difficult decision, closing the Farmer's Market and shifting all our focus into our CSA program, workshops and our caramel business was clearly the best way to fufill our goal," writes Lylah in a press release.

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Customer Defends Claim He Was Kicked Out of Pane Bianco for Speaking Spanish; Chef Chris Bianco Responds

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Claire Lawton
Pane Bianco offers both take-out and more formal, sit-down dining options.
Last week, we told you about Phoenix resident Jeffrey Peterson, who took to social media with a claim that he had been asked to leave Pane Bianco for speaking Spanish. The restaurant, which has been open since 2004, is one of several in town owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco.

On Friday, Bianco responded to the allegation saying he was "horrified" by the incident. Today, both Peterson and Bianco have more to say to Chow Bella -- though the chef says he and Peterson still have not spoken directly to each other.

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