Jeff Kraus of Crepe Bar and Welcome Chicken + Donuts Team Up For Donuts Tomorrow Only

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Jeff Kraus has teamed up with Welcome Chicken + Donuts for a one-day donut event.
Crepe Bar fans, I know you're out there. And I also know you're probably going to mildly freak out when you hear that Jeff Kraus and the Crepe Bar crew have come up with two special donuts that will be available tomorrow, Saturday, January 31, at Welcome Chicken + Donuts.

Want to know what they are? Read on.

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Is Mamma Mia Original Pizza & Subs in Arcadia Closed for Good?

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Amy Silverman
This sign has been hanging at Mamma Mia in Arcadia for weeks.
It's been several weeks since a sign went up in the window of Mamma Mia Original Pizza & Subs located at 3937 East Indian School Road in Phoenix. The handwritten sign states simply that the restaurant is "closed for vacation."

After weeks of waiting, there's still no word about when the restaurant will reopen. The restaurant's answering machine echoes the "closed for vacation" note on the door, and the Mamma Mia website and Facebook page give no indication of when the eatery plans to reopen for business. Phone calls and e-mails have gone unanswered so far.

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Gallo Blanco at The Clarendon Hotel to Close at the End of the Week

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Natalie Miranda
Prickly pear margarita from Gallo Blanco
As much as we wished that the rumors surrounding the closure of Gallo Blanco at The Clarendon Hotel were part of a cruel joke, owners Doug and Denise Robson announced on Facebook on Saturday that the restaurant will, in fact, close at the end of the month.

The post on the Gallo Blanco Facebook confirmed that the owners will part ways with the hotel and its operator at the end of the week, but according to Clarendon owner Ben Bethel, the restaurant will be open on February 1 and will serve "a very similar, yet refined menu."

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Only Remaining Location of Bill Johnson's Big Apple to Close and Become a Parking Lot

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Kholood Eid
The only remaining location of Bill Johnson's Big Apple will close.
Things have been rough for the folks behind the Bill Johnson's Big Apple family of restaurants for quite some time. On November 12 the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but that didn't stop the restaurant's locations in Mesa and North Phoenix from shuttering last year.

That left only one restaurant open, the original Bill Johnson's Big Apple located at 3757 East Van Buren in Phoenix. Now, according to The Arizona Republic, that restaurant is set to close, too.

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Jack Durant, Legendary Steak House Owner, Topic of Future Feature Film

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First, there was the man. Then there was a book, and a play, and now a film about Jack Durant, founder of Phoenix's best-known steak house and, well before anyone thought to write about him, the subject of lots of really amusing rumors. But is the truth about Durant, a colorful character who was at least a notorious ladies' man and at most may have been connected to the mob, fodder for a feature film? That remains to be seen.

The script for Durant's Never Closes concerns a single day in the life of Durant, who died in 1987. The man rather famously left his house and an annual allowance of $50,000 to his pet English bulldog, Humble. He made a mint, and spent some of it to help build Good Samaritan Hospital. He liked to boast the Don Bolles murder was planned in his restaurant's lounge. He reported enjoyed ridiculing his patrons, and was briefly, in the 1950s, one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Dangerous Men in Arizona.


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The DTPHX City Sampler: Explore the Food and Drink of Downtown Phoenix -- On the Cheap

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Get to know downtown Phoenix while only spending $5 at a time.
Whether you're trying to show your out-of-town guest how totally bad ass downtown Phoenix can be or just hoping to get to know the area yourself, we're pretty such you're going to want to know about The DTPHX City Sampler.

Starting on Friday, January 23 and running through Sunday, February 1 a handful of downtown Phoenix's best restaurants and bar and offering samples of their signature dishes or drinks for $5 each. The idea is to get people to explore all that the area has to offer, from craft beer and craft coffee to corn dogs and herb-infused mac n' cheese.

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Arizona Beer Bill Addresses Growth of Local Microbreweries

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Zach Fowle
Editor's Note: this post has been updated to reflect a new committee meeting date.

Four Peaks Brewing Co. and its owner, Andy Ingram, have a problem: The brewery is successful.

It's not an uncommon issue among the country's top producers of craft beer, though a trivial one in states like California, Oregon and Colorado, where brewers are able to expand almost unimpeded. But in Arizona, success -- and the growth that comes with it -- can cripple you.

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Welcome Chicken + Donut Ice Cream Will Be Available This Weekend at Sweet Republic

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Donut Ice Cream
This isn't the first time that the folks behind Welcome Chicken + Donuts and Sweet Republic have collaborated in the kitchen. And it's not even the first time that the two fan favorite eateries have done an ice cream mashup.

But neither of those facts makes us any less excited to say that this Sunday, you'll be able to get donut ice cream made with Welcome Chicken + Donuts donuts at Sweet Republic in Phoenix.

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Local Honeymaker, AZ Queen Bee, Wins 2015 Good Food Award

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The fifth annual Good Food Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception were held on Thursday, January 8 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco. Every year the awards recognize food producers from across the country who provide their communities with "truly good food -- the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities."

Among the winning companies this year is AZ Queen Bee, a local company owned by bee keeper and honeymaker Emily Brown.

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Stephen Jones to Open Restaurant Inside the DeSoto Central Market in Downtown Phoenix

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Chef Stephen Jones
Fans of chef Stephen Jones' unique blend of Southern and New American cuisines will be happy to hear that the chef is getting ready to head up a new restaurant concept.

Called Yard Bird + The Larder, the new restaurant will be located inside the soon-to-open DeSoto Central Market, which is located at 915 North Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix.

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