Now Open: Fluff It Marshmallows in Gilbert

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Thin Mint marshmallows -- just one of the many varieties at Fluff It.
If you're in Gilbert and you have a serious sweet tooth, you're in luck because Fluff It Marshmallows recently opened on Gilbert Road between Baseline and Guadalupe roads. The customizable handmade marshmallow shop offers a range of flavors and a build-your-own s'mores bar.

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The Standard in Scottsdale: A Restaurant, Market, and Bar in One

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Lauren Saria
The Standard's ahi tuna sandwich
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: The Standard
Location: 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 127
Open: Less than a week
Eats: Healthy grab-and-go
Price: $20+ per person

Over the last few months, restaurants with a focus on healthy food and grab-and-go options have been popping up all over town. The Arcadia neighborhood might be the best example of the recent trend, with several of these market/restaurants popping up at all once.

But the newest of this breed of eatery has put its roots down in a different part of town, specifically at 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, in the former home of Abe's of Scottsdale Deli. The Standard serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers the neighborhood two bars, a spacious patio, and market-style takeout dining options.

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Pizza a Metro in Phoenix Opens Second Location in Gilbert

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Nikki Buchanan
A Pizza a Metro pie with fennel sausage, broccoli, and mozzarella.
For years Pizza a Metro on the city's west side has been an out of the way but favorite spot for wood-fired pizzas and scratch-made Italian specialties. The restaurant, formerly owned by Maurizio Benforte, is known for its meter-long pizzas -- in fact, that's where the restaurant gets its name, which translates to "pizza by the meter."

Well, there's good news for East Valley-ites who want to get in on this Italian cuisine action. Pizza a Metro has opened a second location of the popular pizzeria in Gilbert. The new Pizza a Metro is located at 832 S. Greenfield Road, on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Warner.

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Fogon Opens Today in Scottsdale (Spoiler Alert: Benihana-Style Mexican Cuisine)

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A new dining spot, Fogon, a Mexican Eatery, will open its doors today.The restaurant is located at 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, inside the Scottsdale Seville shopping complex.

Fogon will offer new way of experiencing Mexican food to the table, one you might already associate with Japanese teppanyaki and onion ring volcanoes. That's right, the restaurant will be doing Benihana-style Mexican fare: Your entree will be prepared at custom grill stations located throughout the dining room.

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July Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Phoenix has been lacking a doughnut truck for too long. Thanks, Rollover.
From a new food truck to the revival of two Valley restaurants into new concepts, July had some great new options for Phoenix diners, even during a time when other spots usually close for a few weeks to a month to avoid the inevitable summer slow down. Unfortunately for some spots, shuttering for that same summer slow down was a permanent deal -- though others already have revamping plans of their own.

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Earnest (Formerly Cork) in Chandler Opens Today; Here's The Menu

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After a two-week whirlwind makeover, Earnest will open its doors to customers today. The restaurant occupies the space previously known Cork and is operated by former-Cork chef Brian Peterson and with co-owner and pastry chef Danielle Morris.

Unlike its upscale, wine-focused predecessor Earnest aims to offer diners a more casual, comfortable vibe and seasonal American cooking. The menu includes dishes such as Buffalo Brisket, Pork "Ham" Chops, and an Earnest Burger -- or "elevated homey cooking" in the words of chef Peterson.

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Wasted Grain Open Now in Scottsdale; Former The Tavern on Mill Changes New Concept Name to Blasted Barley

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Shakespeare may have argued that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," but apparently some Valley bar owners and restaurateurs don't agree with the famous poet. Over the last few months there's been a quiet but confusing game of musical names going on among three different concepts in Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale.

Last month we told you that the decade-old Tavern on Mill would be closing its doors to re-open in the fall as a new concept called Wasted Grain. Now the owners have had to change their name after a legal conflict with the company behind Scottsdale's now-defunct Martini Ranch, which closed its doors last fall.

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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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Chef Kelly Fletcher's New Restaurant, The Revival, Opens Today in Tempe (Here Are The Menus)

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Kelly Fletcher in front of Mucho Gusto in Tempe, which has now reopened as The Revival.
It's not often that restauranteurs and chefs actually hit their expected opening date. But in this case the promise that The Revival would open its doors on Tuesday, July 1 was actually true.

The new restaurant, formerly Mucho Gusto in Tempe, comes courtesy of chef Kelly Fletcher and restaurant partner Chad Withycombe.

It's been less than a month since Mucho Gusto closed its doors for good on Saturday, June 7 to undergo a full renovation. The physical remake coincides with the restaurant's transformation from its modern, upscale Mexican restaurant past into an eclectic restaurant with internationally inspired fare. As of today The Revival is open and serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch to Tempe diners.

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