After Nine Months, the Tempe Community Market Has Closed

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In recent years, farmers markets seem to be popping up all over the Valley, with nearly every community and neighborhood banding together to organize a weekly event. That was the case in Tempe earlier this year when Tempe Community Action Agency, a nonprofit organization, announced plans to launch a year-round farmers market in downtown Tempe.

Now, less than a year later, the organization has decided to shut down the market in order to "reassesses its future viability."

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

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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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Fez on Central Moving to New Expanded Location Early Next Year

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A rendering of Fez's expanded patio
After nearly 10 years at 3815 North Central Avenue, Fez is on the move.

The restaurant -- known for its specialty cocktails, approachable food, and impeccable style -- will relocate to a new spot in the early part of 2015. In addition to offering a slightly larger dining room, Fez's new home will include an expanded patio, more parking, and an updated mid century-inspired design.

"I call it Fez 2.0," says owner Mark Howard.

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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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MasterChef Junior Open Casting Call Is Coming to Phoenix -- Here Are Some Tips From a 'MasterChef Junior' Casting Producer

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MasterChef Junior is coming to Phoenix for an open casting call.
If you haven't been watching MasterChef Junior so far, know that you've been missing out on probably the best cooking show on television right now. Why? Because it's physically impossible not to smile when you see the infamous chef Gordon Ramsay sitting cross-legged and praying before an oven for a young girl's soufflé to rise, or comforting a crying child over a failed layer cake. It's heart-warming, genuinely educational, and fun. Plus these kids -- ages 8 to 13 -- seriously kick ass in the kitchen.

So if you know a child with a passion for cooking, listen up. Right now Fox is on the hunt for the next group of MasterChef Junior stars and in their nationwide search, they'll be coming to Phoenix. We know every parent will be looking for a way to make their young chef stand out, so we chatted with MasterChef Junior Casting Producer Dani Maule to get some tips for the upcoming open call.

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Barrio Urbano: Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza to Open Restaurant at The Yard in Phoenix

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"It almost feels as though I am destined to never open a restaurant from ground-up," chef Silvana Salcido Esparza wrote in a message to Chow Bella on Thursday night.

Yet again, she'll be taking over a space abandoned by a shuttered restaurant. This time Esparza's taking her talent and unique brand of Mexican cuisine to Sam Fox's The Yard, specifically to the space that formerly housed Lola Tapas. She plans to open Barrio Urbano, a Mexican breakfast spot.

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4 Metro Phoenix Restaurants Scored a "D" from the County Health Department in October

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One of the Valley's chain sandwich spots has a bad grade.
The good news is that there were very few eateries that scored poorly on health inspections last month. In fact, we saw a lot of "A" ratings looking through the inspection list. Though many local spots have either kept high standards or cleaned up since their last health inspector visit, there were still a few spots that could brush up on their food safety knowledge or even just their restaurants cleanliness in general.

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After Nearly 60 Years, Monti's La Casa Vieja in Tempe to Close Later This Month

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After decades of serving steaks and seafood, Monti's will close for good.
When it comes to Arizona landmarks, you can hardly ignore Monti's La Casa Vieja. Located in the historic adobe Hayden House on Mill Avenue, the restaurant is not only the oldest eatery in Tempe, but also the oldest continually occupied building in metro Phoenix.

The steakhouse been open since 1956 but soon, after nearly 60 years of business, Monti's La Casa Vieja will close its doors for good.


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The Yard Tempe Will Include New Location of Aaron May's Over Easy

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Tempe is getting a new breakfast spot later this year.
As we told you earlier this summer, Tempe will soon be home to the second location of Sam Fox's ambitious mutli-use complex called The Yard. Like the original Phoenix location, The Yard Tempe will include a new location of Fox's Culinary Dropout restaurant and a few other local businesses.

In June we told you one of those businesses would be Madison Improvement Club and now Fox Restaurant Concepts has announced a second tenant, Aaron May's popular breakfast spot Over Easy.


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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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