TapHouse Kitchen in Scottsdale Is Now Open: Craft Beer, Modern American Cuisine

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The group behind American TapHouse in Gilbert has brought craft beer to Scottsdale with a second concept, TapHouse Kitchen. The restaurant opened a few weeks ago in the Hilton Village Center at 6137 North Scottsdale Road, in a space formerly occupied by Blue Wasabi.

TapHouse Kitchen offers a menu modern American cuisine, in addition to a respectable selection of craft beers. The tap lineup includes local options from Grand Canyon, Four Peaks, and Papago Brewery.

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Original ChopShop Co. Is Now Open in Chandler

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Judy Nichols
The beet salad at the Original ChopShop Co. in Tempe.
If we said we never get a craving for Original ChopShop Co.'s kale Caesar salad every now and then, we'd be lying. The local restaurant focusing on healthy eats and pressed-to-order juices has been a hit already in both Scottsdale and Tempe.

And now it's time to get excited, Southeast Valley, because you've got your very own Original ChopShop Co. at 35 West Boston Street in downtown Chandler.

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The Local on Roosevelt Row Officially Opens Tomorrow, April 13 (Here's The Menu)

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Lauren Saria
Inside The Local on Roosevelt Row.
Though The Local has been "soft open" for a few weeks now, and the restaurant has announced it will be officially open to the public as of tomorrow, Saturday, April 12. That means chef Chris McKinley and bar master Adam Hargett have finally settled on a menu of upscale, innovative food and drinks they'll be serving six days a week.

And as a bonus: They'll be doing Sunday brunch.

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Karl's Quality Bakery in Sunnyslope Has Re-Opened in New Spot

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Lauren Saria
After seven months, Karl Boerner is smiling again.
The last time we checked in with Karl and Christine Boerner, the father-daughter duo behind Sunnyslope's Karl's Quality Bakery, the owners had secured a new location and were launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to get things up and running.

That was back in January and though the Boerners only raised $6,425 of their $23,000 Indiegogo goal, they were able to open the doors at 111 East Dunlap Suite 13 earlier this month.

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Steak 44 in Arcadia to Open on Saturday

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The restaurant, owned by the same group as Dominick's Steak House, will open this weekend.
Steak aficionados won't have to wait much longer to dig into a 22-ounce bone-in rib eye at Steak 44, the newest restaurant to come from the Mastro's family. The restaurant, located at 5101 North 44th Street (the former home of Cork 'N Cleaver), will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

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March Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Say hello to The Local's crispy pig ear pad thai.
Another month, another handful of painful goodbyes to Phoenix dining institutions have left us near heartbroken. However, with some exciting new restaurants hitting the scene this month as well, it almost makes up for having to let go of some favorites -- almost.

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Lola Coffee at Sam Fox's The Yard: Phoenix's First Siphon Bar, Kopi Luwak, and Tapas

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Lauren Saria
Lola Coffee at The Yard has brought back some of the well-loved dishes from Lola Tapas.
In January we told you that Lola Coffee, the Roosevelt Row coffeeshop from one of the city's best-known roasters Daniel Wayne, was headed for The Yard. And whether you love or hate Sam Fox's giant dining and hangout space on Seventh Street, you're going to want to come check out the new Lola Coffee.

There are quite a few reasons, not the least of which is the restaurant has brought back some of the most popular dishes from Lola Tapas, the restaurant Wayne opened with his then-wife Felicia Ruiz in 2005. It closed in 2010.

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The Local Brings Upscale Fare and Casual Dining to Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Craft cocktails from Adam Hargett show balance and creativity.
The Local has been a buzz topic in downtown's dining scene in recent months, and now the wait to try it is finally over -- kind of. Though its hours aren't officially set and the restaurant was closed Monday, the restaurant plans to open for a "soft dinner" tonight at 5 p.m. However, if you're one of the lucky few who stumbled upon the open restaurant this weekend, you got a glimpse into what chef Chris McKinley and his beverage partner, Adam Hargett, have in store for the restaurant on the northeast corner of Third Street and Roosevelt, in Scratch's former location.

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Il Capo Pizzeria in Scottsdale: Pizza by the Slice, Handmade Pasta

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Il Capo Pizzeria
Il Capo is now open in Scottsdale, serving pizza, pasta, and salads.
The next time you go catch a flick at the Harkins Shea 14, you'll have a new dinner option besides the infamous Amy's Baking Company. Restaurant folks Angela and Mario Rana have brought handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and other Italian specialities to the strip mall on the northwest corner of 74th Avenue and Shea Boulevard at Il Capo Pizzeria.

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Henry's Private Kitchen Is Now Open in Mesa

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Last fall, Taiwan-born chef Henry Ku brought Henry's Taiwan to Tempe, serving a menu of dishes from mainland China, Europe, and Japan. Ku and business partner Richard Kuo already operated three restaurant in Seattle, where the chef is sometimes credited for bringing Taiwanese cuisine to the masses.

And as of this week, the chef and restaurateur added a second Valley dining spot to the list: Henry's Private Kitchen, which opened at 1440 South Country Club Drive in Mesa on Sunday. The new restaurant is serving a completely different menu from the one at Henry's Taiwan.

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