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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Grand Avenue Pizza Company Is Now Serving Late-Night Pizza in Phoenix

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The late-night dining scene in Phoenix just got a little bit bigger -- and even better than just offering a new dining option for night owls, this new spot has plans to throw late night (or early morning, depending on how you look at it) delivery into the mix.

Welcome Grand Avenue Pizza Company to the Grand Ave. neighborhood, folks. The restaurant opened its doors last Friday and is now bringing super-late night eats to the masses.

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The Oatmeal Cafe Is Now Open in Mesa: Vegan Eats Courtesy of Iss' Magic Mixes

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Heather Hoch
The Oatmeal Cafe, courtesy of Melissa Webb of Iss' Magic Mixes oatmeals, is now open in Mesa.
Vegan diners with a desire for healthy eats on the go have a new spot to check out in Mesa.

The Oatmeal Cafe opened last month on the southeast corner of Dobson and Guadalupe roads and is serving an entirely vegan menu of breakfast items and light snacks. The cafe comes courtesy of Melissa Webb, who's been selling her Iss' Magic Mixes oatmeals at local farmers markets since 2011.

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SumoMaya in Scottsdale Opens Today (Here's a Sneak Peek of the Food, Drink, and Design)

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Lauren Saria
SumoMaya's salmon ceviche with kumquat and toasted corn nuts.
It's taken a few months longer than originally estimated, but today the wait is over for German Osio's Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant, SumoMaya. The highly-anticipated new dining spot is located in the Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale. The restaurant will highlight the talents of Top Chef Masters contestant Herb Wilson, who worked most recently as executive chef at Sushi Samba in Las Vegas.

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Salt & Lime Modern Mexican Grill Is Now Open in Scottsdale (Here's the Menu)

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North Scottsdale has a new spot for upscale Mexican fare and shaken margaritas. As of late last month, Salt & Lime Mexican Grill is open at 9397 E Shea Boulevard. The restaurant serves a menu of modern Mexican fare -- think, five kinds of salsa, empanadas, and pork belly tacos.

Salt & Lime Mexican Grill is located next door to sister restaurant, Stone & Vine Urban Italian, a three-year-old restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine and signature fresh-fruit martinis.


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Freak'N Brewing Company in Peoria Now Open

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Though it's taken a bit longer for craft brews to take hold on the west side of town, there is definitely still hope for beer aficionados of the West Valley. A new microbrewery has opened its doors in Peoria, with plans to bring quality brews of unique styles to local restaurants and brewpubs.

Freak'N Brewing Company opened a tasting room earlier this week at 9299 W. Olive Avenue, inside the Olive Business Park near Loop 101 and Olive Avenue.

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