Post image for Donut Worry to give away free doughnuts at Gilbert grand opening Friday

Donut Worry, a year-old doughnut shop in east Mesa, will open a second location Friday, July 28, on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Guadalupe in Gilbert.

A family-friendly grand opening celebration will be held from 7 a.m.-noon.

They’ll be giving away free doughnuts and kids balloons all day, as well as offering 20 percent off all purchases. If you buy a dozen doughnuts, you’ll get another dozen free.

Ten prizes – including a 32GB iPad, a $250 Target gift card, and a year’s supply of doughnuts – will be raffled off.

Besides doughnuts, DoNut Worry offers breakfast and lunch menus.

The original Donut Worry opened on the southwest corner of Ellsworth and Baseline in August 2016.

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Post image for Famous 48 to take over ex-Crab & Mermaid space in Old Town Scottsdale this fall

Scottsdale-based Square One Concepts, best known for its Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers restaurants, will debut a new concept, Famous 48, in Old Town Scottsdale this fall.

Described as a ‘‘casual yet sophisticated tavern-themed venue,’’ Famous 48 will offer classic American dishes from the lower 48 states, including roasted chicken, roasted pork loin, and BBQ baby back ribs.

It will take over the building on Scottsdale Road between Third and Fourth streets that previously housed Square One’s short-lived Crab & Mermaid, which closed in May.

Square One’s other local concepts are Wasted Grain, Bourbon & Bones, and The Funky Monk.

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Post image for Press Coffee to open 2nd Tempe location Thursday with 3 days of free coffee

Valley-based Press Coffee opens its second Tempe location Thursday, July 27, and will be giving away free cups of coffee for three days.

The new location is at the Nexa Apartments on Apache, halfway between Rural and McClintock. Besides a full range of cofee drinks, it also will offer breakfast and lunch.

To celebrate the opening, Press will be giving away free small cups of drip or cold brew coffee through Saturday. No purchase is necessary.

Press Coffee at Nexa will be open 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

The opening will give Press a total of six locations in the Valley.

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Post image for Ticoz Latin Kitchen in Phoenix to close Sunday night after more than a decade

Ticoz Latin Kitchen, a Latin fusion restaurant that’s operated on Seventh Street just north of Camelback in Phoenix for more than 10 years, will close after Sunday’s dinner service.

According to the restaurant’s Facebook post:

It is time to announce the closing of Ticoz. We have had a wonderful run. Unfortunately, the onslaught of new competition has taken its toll. ... It is possible we may reopen again in the future.

Seventh Street has been one of the hottest areas in the Valley for new restaurant openings in the last year or two.

It’s also experienced a number of high-profile closures this summer, including The Herb Box in May and Barrio Urbano in June.

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Post image for After nearly 2-year closure, La Calabria reopens today in new Gilbert location

La Calabria Ristorante, a well-liked mom-and-pop Italian restaurant that closed nearly two years ago, reopens today on the southwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field in Gilbert.

Owners Giovanni and Clara Spataro closed their original location – which was located a mile north of the new one – in September 2015 when they were unable to negotiate a new lease.

After taking some time off, including a two-month trip to Europe, the couple found a new strip-mall space for their restaurant just south of High Tide Seafood.

The new location is slightly smaller – 3,100 square feet compared to the original’s 3,400 – but has a larger dining room and what Giovanni Spataro calls a ‘‘real’’ bar (shown below).

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Spataro, a native of Calabria (the region of southern Italy that forms the toe of the “boot”), still heads the kitchen and has kept his previous menu of pastas, sandwiches, and entrees mostly intact. See the lunch menu and dinner menu.

The 12-seat bar has six beers on tap, including Peroni; two dozen wines; and a variety of espresso drinks.

Lunch hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Dinner hours are 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday).

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Post image for Early-morning fire destroys Mining Camp Restaurant in Apache Junction

The Mining Camp Restaurant, an Old West-themed family and tourist destination on the outskirts of Apache Junction for more than 50 years, was destroyed by fire early this morning.

Open since 1961, the rustic wood structure – part restaurant, part historical museum – offered Western dishes like BBQ ribs, baked beans, and sourdough rolls served family-style on tin plates at long communal tables.

Officials arrived on the scene of the fire at 3 a.m. No cause has been announced, but officials say the building was a total loss.

No word yet on whether the owners, who were staying at the motel next door, will rebuild the restaurant.

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Post image for Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria to open north Scottsdale location next summer

Chicago-based Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, which made its much-hyped Arizona debut in Phoenix in May 2016, has announced its second full-service location will open in north Scottsdale next summer.

The new pizzeria will be located in the new Chauncey Lane development near the 101 and Scottsdale Road.

Lou Malnati’s – famous for its Chicago-style deep-dish – previously announced it will open a small location in east Phoenix for delivery and carryout only this fall.

Owner Marc Malnati has said he plans to open eight to 10 locations in the Valley.

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Post image for July 27: ‘Taste of Romeo’s’ dinner at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert

Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu. This week’s selections:

  • Feta Dill Fritters
  • Bleu Caesar Salad
  • Salmon La Scala (pictured)
  • Chicken Astoria
  • Cheesecake Brownies

Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Post image for July 27-30: Arizona Breakfast Weekend at restaurants Valleywide

Nearly three dozen restaurants across the Valley will participate in the third annual Arizona Breakfast Weekend, which runs Thursday, July 27, through Sunday, July 30.

Restaurants will offer breakfasts specials for $7, $10 or $15 per person or per couple.

For example, Chase’s Diner in Chandler will offer a Chicken & Waffle Burrito, a 14-inch flour tortilla wrapped around three fluffy eggs, crispy fried chicken, and savory waffle pieces, topped with sausage gravy and cheddar cheese.

Chase’s $10 deal includes your choice of coffee, iced tea, or juice, although not all weekend specials include beverage.

Other East Valley restaurants participating include NCounter in Tempe, TC Eggington’s in Mesa, Liberty Market in Gilbert, and multiple locations of Chompies and Wildflower Bread.

See the full list of participating restaurants and their specials here. Restaurants also will have their regular breakfast menus available all weekend.

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Post image for July 24: National Tequila Day at La Ristra in Gilbert

La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen in Gilbert celebrates National Tequila Day with $5 house margaritas Monday, July 24.

All tequila shots will be 20% off.

Live music with Ian Dale starts at 5:30 p.m.

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