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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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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