Closings

Papago Brewing to close Scottsdale taproom on Dec. 2

BY Jess Harter Friday, November 10, 2017

PapagoBrewing033016One of Arizona’s most iconic craft beer venues – Papago Brewing in Scottsdale – announced today it will close its longtime taproom in three weeks. Its final day will be Saturday, Dec. 2.

The move was not totally unexpected. Its large shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and McDowell – which has been the taproom’s home since home brewers Ron Kloth, Paul Gunn and Bruce McConnell launched Papago in 2001 – has long been scheduled for demolition.

The closure will not affect production of Papago’s line of branded beers – including its best-selling Orange Blossom Ale – which were brewed under contract at various breweries before being sold to Huss Brewing last year.

According to a post on Papago’s Facebook page, the taproom owners are looking for a new retail location.

In the meantime, the taproom is offering 25% off all bottles and cans while supplies last.

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Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails closes in Phoenix

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails, the 2-year-old younger sibling of Crudo, has closed its doors.

The restaurant, which offered a unique menu of Southern favorites with Italian influences, opened in August 2015 on Seventh Street, just south of Bethany Home Road, in Phoenix.

According to an announcement on Okra’s website:

‘‘As of yesterday, we’ve made the tough decision to close the doors on our sophomore effort, after co-owner Maureen McGrath moved to California. Cullen (Campbell, co-owner and chef) will now be focusing 100% of his passion at Crudo, with a slew of special dinners, seasonal menu changes, and more to come.’’

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Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill closes 3 Valley restaurants

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Less than a week after Romano’s Macaroni Grill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, another well-known restaurant chain has announced huge cost-cutting changes.

This week it’s Arizona-born Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, which has closed three of its five Valley locations. The closures are:

  • Downtown Tempe (pictured)
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square
  • 16th Street and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix

The two remaining locations are Chandler and northeast Phoenix, which Z’Tejas says are profitable.

The chain also closed one of its three locations in Texas.

Z’Tejas, which launched in 1989, has struggled in recent years. It filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and was sold to an Austin, Texas, group.

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Shocked? Alice Cooper’stown closes in downtown Phoenix

BY Jess Harter Monday, October 23, 2017

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Looks like head coach Earl Watson might not have been the only victim of the Phoenix Suns’ poor play over the weekend.

Alice Cooper’stown, Alice Cooper’s famed music-and-sports-themed restaurant and bar across the street from the Suns’ arena in downtown Phoenix, closed Sunday.

The Valley ‘‘shock-rock’’ star opened his restaurant in 1998 – when the Suns were making their 10th straight playoff appearance. In addition, the Suns were sharing the arena with the NHL’s Coyotes, who had just moved to the Valley two years earlier.

The venue quickly became one of the most popular pre- and post-game destinations for the teams’ combined 162 annual home games (plus playoffs) as well as those of the Diamondbacks at nearby Chase Field.

Even after the Coyotes moved to Glendale in 2003, Alice Cooper’stown continued to ride the success of the Suns, who made the playoffs five times in the next six years, including three trips to the conference finals.

Since 2010, however, downtown Phoenix’s sports success – as well as the crowds at Alice Cooper’stown – have waned considerably. The Suns have failed to make the playoffs since 2010, the D-Backs since 2011 until this year.

No official explanation for the restaurant’s closure was given – its Facebook page even has been deleted – but insiders had been expecting the closure to follow shortly after the D-Backs’ season ended.

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Post image for Riazzi’s Italian Garden in Tempe closes after 72 years, to be replaced by Quartiere?

Riazzi’s Italian Garden in Tempe has closed after 72 years in business.

Mary Pacinelli moved from Pennsylvania to the Valley in 1945 and opened the restaurant with her youngest daughter, Emma Riazzi.

The original location was at 15th Avenue and McDowell in Phoenix, but after two years the restaurant moved east to 53rd Street and Van Buren, where it thrived for four decades.

Displaced by freeway construction in 1989, Riazzi’s – by then owned by Emma’s son James and run by James’ children James Jr. and Debra – moved to its final location on Mill Avenue, halfway between Broadway and Southern.

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State records show East Valley restaurateur Erick Geryol has applied for a liquor license for a new restaurant called Quartiere at Riazzi’s location.

Geryol, who hasn’t responded to MXSW queries about Quartiere for the past two weeks, already owns three local restaurants: Boulders on Broadway and Spokes on Southern in Tempe and Boulders on Southern in Mesa.

Quartiere would be his fourth.

Quartiere, by the way, is derived from the Italian word quarto, or “fourth.’’

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Modern Grove closes NE Phoenix location, only Scottsdale one remains

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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The rollercoaster ride continues for Modern Grove.

The restaurant-bar-grocery concept from developer Aaron Klusman, founder of Chandler-based Zoyo Yogurt, debuted in Flagstaff in 2013 and expanded quickly with locations in northeast Phoenix in 2014, Mesa in 2015, and north Scottsdale in 2016.

Almost immediately, however, the fledgling chain began to fold. The Flagstaff location closed in 2014, and Mesa followed suit earlier this year.

Now, the northeast Phoenix location at Tatum and Greenway also has closed.

The sole remaining location – at the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale – goes by two new names: Views and Docktails. Each has its own menu.

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Valley-based Press Coffee Roasters has closed its location at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4 after five years.

“We will continue to represent Arizona’s growing specialty coffee community to locals and visitors alike through our streetside cafes,” Press owner Steve Kraus says. “It is at these locations where we can provide the highest-quality coffee products, service and knowledge with our customers.”

This summer, Press expanded its neighborhood presence in the Valley with two new locations  – at the Muse Apartments in Phoenix and the Nexa Apartments in Tempe.

The airport closure leaves Press with six locations, including two in Tempe and one in Chandler.

A flagship shop in downtown Phoenix that will debut an evening food menu, beer, and wine is planned for this fall.

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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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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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Chef Stephen Jones has closed his acclaimed Southern-style counter restaurant The Larder + The Delta at DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix.

Jones will look for a dedicated space for a traditional sit-down version of his restaurant, which had operated out of a six-seat stall at the shared-space market.

According to the Arizona Republic, Jones hopes to find a new home for The Larder + The Delta in downtown Phoenix by the end of the year, although a 2018 reopening may be more realistic.

In the meantime, Jones intends to do pop-ups and events.

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