March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Twisted oysters from Twisted Grove in Scottsdale
March was a busy month in the restaurant scene with more than a dozen new restaurants opening all over town. Some of the newest restaurants in the Valley include second and third locations of already popular spots, while others represent the sophomore efforts of well-loved local chefs.

On the downside, we had to say good-bye to a handful of restaurants last month -- including a Scottsdale bar and restaurant that's been a landmark destination for decades.

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Nanay's Restaurant Brings Fast-Casual Filipino Food to Chandler

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Turon, a brown-sugar-covered spring roll filled with fried banana and jackfruit.
East Valley residents looking for a quick place to pick up dinner have a new option in Nanay's, a cafeteria-style Filipino restaurant that opened in January.

The new spot comes courtesy of Aurea Gonzales and her two daughters, Alicia Ferrer and Aida Sembrano, who were born and raised in Pampanga, a province in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines.

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Stone & Vine Urban Italian Expands to Chandler -- Here's the Menu

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JGP Restaurant Concepts' fourth restaurant is now open in south Chandler.
East Valley residents have a new place for Italian-inspired eats and wine with the opening of Stone & Vine Urban Italian, a restaurant from JGP Restaurant Concepts.

Located at 1035 West Queen Creek Road in the Octoillo neighborhood, this restaurant is the second location of Stone & Vine Urban Italian. The first restaurant is located at 9343 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale.

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Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers Is Now Open in Chandler

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Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers is now open in Chandler.
Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, the local restaurant chain with two locations in Scottsdale, has expanded to the East Valley with a third location in Chandler. The newest addition to the restaurant group comes courtesy of owner S. Barrett Rinzler, the man behind other popular spots such as Martini Ranch, Wasted Grain and Arcadia Tavern.

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Carvalho's Brazilian Kitchen Is Now Open in North Scottsdale

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The new Scottsdale restaurant serves Brazilian food and drink.
Diners with a craving for Brazilian food, drink, and even coffee have a new destination to try in Carvalho's Brazilian Kitchen, which opened last month at 23623 North Scottsdale Road. The restaurant comes from husband and wife team Phil Marsteller and Ruth Carvalhos Marsteller, who lived in the Amazon for 18 years.

Carvalho's will celebrate its grand opening this weekend with live music on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. All meals will also come with a free caipirinha or a glass of sangria. ​

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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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