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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Juby True Juice Bar Opens in Arcadia

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Josh Chesler
It's not just the bar's juices that are prepared in the kitchen of Juby True, it's all of Fox Restaurants' fresh juices.

Fox Restaurants Concepts has opened a new Phoenix location of Juby True, its one-stop shop for fresh-made juices, salads, and other healthy snacks.

We tried a handful of different items from the juice bar, and they were all rather refreshing, though some tasted better than others.

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November Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Welcome Chicken + Donuts exploded onto the scene early last month.
Last month we welcomed quite a few new dining spots into the local dining scene. The newcomers include a second restaurant from Michael Babcock and Jenn Robinson (Welcome Diner) and a new restaurant concept from chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. In November we also said good-bye to a few of our local spots -- most notably to Arizona landmark Monti's La Casa Veija in Tempe.

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The Upton Opens Today in Former Petite Maison Space in Scottsdale -- Here's the Menu

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Lauren Saria
The new restaurant will feature an expanded back patio.
In the blink of an eye -- ok, more like two weeks -- the little house that was once Petite Maison has been transformed into a sleek, vibrant new restaurant. Called The Upton, the new dining destination features the talents of former Petite Maison sous chef Chris Schlattman, who's teamed up with co-owners Sean Zimmerman, Bran Oberg, and Pouria Malihi on the new concept.

As of today the restaurant is open for dinner with plans to add Sunday brunch and supper by the beginning of next month.

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iCream Café Is Now Open in Mesa: Ice Cream, Sorbet, and Gelato Made with Liquid Nitrogen

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iCream Cafe
Chicago-based frozen dessert chain iCream Cafe opened their newest location on Saturday, November 22 at Mesa's Riverview Shopping Center.

Unlike your typical ice cream shop, this eatery specializes in using liquid nitrogen to flash freeze frozen desserts created by the customers -- and the offerings go beyond just ice cream; you'll also find sorbet, yogurt, and even rice pudding.

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Blasted Barley Beer Co. and Restaurant Is Now Open on Mill Avenue in Tempe

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Heads up, Tempe! You've got a new dining destination that also will serve its own house-brewed beers -- eventually.

For now, the new Blasted Barley Beer Co. pours 30 craft beer varieties and a menu of elevated bar fare courtesy of executive chef Jason Shaw. The restaurant and brewery has taken over the former Tavern on Mill, a longstanding Tempe bar that closed its doors over the summer.

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

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Lauren Saria
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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The Cultured Pearl (Formerly Pearl Sushi Lounge) Is Now Open in Scottsdale

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Even if you never went there yourself, chances are good that you've at least heard of Pearl Sushi Lounge. The defunct restaurant generally was well-known among Scottsdale-ites as "that place with happy hour all day, every day" . . . which is probably the only reason people might miss the scene-over-cuisine dining spot.

Well, for better or worse, it's back. Sorta. Owners Tammy and James Carlin have reopened a new sushi concept, The Cultured Pearl Restaurant and Social Club, in the same locations and are billing the restaurant as a "completely new dining, nightlife, and entertainment destination."

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Short Leash Hog Dogs Is Now Open at Union at Biltmore -- and It Has Doughnuts

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Lauren Saria
The permanent location is now open at Union.
Short Leash Hot Dogs second brick-and-mortar restaurant is now open inside Union at the Biltmore Fashion Park. Unlike Short Leash Short Lease, the restaurant's semi-permanent pop-up restaurant that opened in a different spot at Union earlier this year, the new restaurant is going to be a permanent fixture inside the shopping center.

In addition to serving a selection of Short Leash signature creations, the small counter service spot is also offering doughnuts from Short Leash's Rollover Doughnuts.

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