February Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Tacos from the newly opened Cafe Tranquilo at The Clarendon Hotel
This month saw a whole slew of restaurant openings including some highly anticipated concepts from local restaurateurs Peter Kasperski and German Osio. February also introduced some new restaurants in familiar spaces -- Cafe Tranquilo took over the space formerly occupied by Gallo Blanco the old Bungalow Bar and Grill in Scottsdale debuted as a new Long Island-themed restaurant called The Montauk.

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Café Tranquilo at The Clarendon Hotel Is Now Open; Here's the New Menu

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It's been a tumultuous few weeks for the restaurant at The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix. Last week restaurant operators Doug and Denise Robson announced that Gallo Blanco, which had been located inside the hotel since 2009, would stop operations as of January 31. The closure, according to the Robsons, came as the result of a long-term dispute between their company and the hotel.

Clarendon Hotel owner Ben Bethel stated at that time that the restaurant would remain open, though under a new name and with a similar but different menu. Now he's announced the name of the hotel's new dining concept. A new menu debuted at the restaurant just yesterday.

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January Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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A new year brought some new restaurants to metro Phoenix including a new concept from one of the city's best-loved chefs and four new restaurants at Westgate in Glendale. We also got a new location of Squid Ink Sushi, and a pizza spot that's bringing a taste of The Windy City to Gilbert.

Unfortunately, we also had to say good-bye to some our favorite spots. Most notably, we're sad to see Gallo Blanco at the Clarendon Hotel go, as well as Chandler's Barrelhouse American Kitchen and Cocktails.

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Squid Ink Sushi Opens Third Location in Scottsdale Today

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Lauren Saria
A Rainbow Roll from Squid Ink Sushi.
Squid Ink Sushi, the locally-owned Japanese restaurant from chef and owner Schuyler Estes, will open a third location in Scottsdale today.

The newest restaurant can be found at 7318 E. Shea Boulevard, on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Shea. The space was most recently occupied by chef Payton Curry's short-lived restaurant, Taco Haus.

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4 New Restaurants Open at Westgate in Glendale

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Westgate Entertainment District -- the sprawling retail, dining, and entertainment destination in Glendale -- will welcome four new restaurants to the scene this week. That means four new places for Valley locals to love and four places to accommodate the deluge of visitors who will descend on the area over the next few weeks.

Westgate, located just steps from University of Phoenix Stadium, will also host the Super Music Series, a five-day free concert series, as a lead-up to the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX.

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Barrio Urbano by Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza Is Now Open for Breakfast; Dinner to Come Soon

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Lauren Saria
Huevos divorciados from Barrio Urbano.
As of Monday, chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's newest restaurant is (soft) open to the public. For now Barrio Urbano, located at The Yard in north Central Phoenix, is serving breakfast seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- though Esparza says she expects to launch a dinner menu by sometime next week.

The space briefly housed a second location of Lola Coffee; that restaurant closed its doors in late August to "relaunch as a new concept."

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2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Ceviche from El Chullo in midtown Phoenix.
Last year we saw a dizzying array of new restaurants open around town and revisiting the story of each and every one makes one thing clear: it's a great time to be a diner in our local food scene.

Of course, there are sad stories of short-lived spots in last year's list of openings and closings too, but despite the loses of several longstanding restaurants and what we thought were promising spots, we're more excited than ever for what next year will bring.

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Dakota in Scottsdale Is Now Open: Organic Eats by Day, Party Spot By Night

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The new restaurant and party spot is located next to Maya nightclub.
Triyar Entertainment Group, the folks behind popular local spots such as Maya Day + Nightclub and W Scottsdale, have opened a new dining, drinking, and partying concept in the heart of Scottsdale's entertainment district.

Called Dakota, the new restaurant/bar is located at 7301 East Indian Plaza and aims to be a "California bistro-style restaurant" that transitions into a bar and party spot at night.

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Culinary Dropout at The Yard at Farmer Arts District in Tempe Is Now Open

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The Yard at Farmer Arts District
The Madison at The Yard Tempe -- a cafe and spin and yoga studio -- has been open to the public for weeks but now, the marquee tenant of Sam Fox's most ambitious project to date has also opened its doors. Culinary Dropout at The Yard at Farmer Arts District opened to the public on Tuesday, December 9 bringing a new venue for food, drinks, and games to the growing Tempe scene.

Located at 149 West Farmer Avenue, The Yard at Farmer Arts District is the largest Sam Fox project so far at an impressive 14,000 square feet. The project includes the Culinary Dropout restaurant, a large patio, two private dining spaces, and additional tenant space.

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GrabbaGreen Food+Juice Is Now Open at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix

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The third location of GrabbaGreen is now open.
On Monday locally-owned restaurant GrabbaGreen opened a third location at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. You can find the health-focused dining spot at 50 W. Jefferson Suite 120, on the corner of Jefferson and Central.

The restaurant serves a menu of "super-foods" and juices in a fast-casual setting and offers ordering both online and via smartphone app.

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