Closings

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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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 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 Stephen Jones closes The Larder + The Delta, looks for new location

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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Jimmy’s of Chicago closes after 9 years in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Monday, July 17, 2017

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Jimmy’s of Chicago, a neighborhood Italian restaurant and sports bar in Gilbert, has closed after nine years in business.

Owners Kerry and Zalena Kersting originally opened Jimmy’s, a popular hangout for Cubs and Bears fans, in a strip mall on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Pecos.

Its menu offered delicious thin-crust pizzas, house-made pastas, and other Italian entrees.

The Kerstings closed Jimmy’s in late December 2014 and reopened it in early January 2015 two miles away on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Williams Field.

The new location featured a slightly larger dining room, a front patio, and twice as many (24) beers on tap.

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Post image for Señor Pancho Villa in west Chandler closes after less than 2 months

Señor Pancho Villa, an ambitious Mexican restaurant and nightclub near I-10 and Ray in west Chandler, apparently has closed after less than two months.

No official announcement has been made, but the doors were locked Thursday and the phone disconnected.

The restaurant opened April 7 in a cavernous building (7,575 square feet) on 54th Street, about a quarter-mile south of Ray, that originally was Jilly’s American Grille and later Nabers.

Señor Pancho Villa was in trouble from the start, as evidenced by a wave of one-star Yelp reviews. A month-old banner proclaiming new management still hangs on the side of the building.

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Puerto Rican eatery FrinGo’s Kitchen closing in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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FrinGo’s Kitchen, a family-owned Puerto Rican restaurant on the northwest corner of Alma School and Warner in Chandler, is closing.

The restaurant, which opened in February 2015, made the announcement on Facebook:

After much consideration we have decided not to renew our lease and will remain open for the remainder of the week. Our last day will be Thursday, July 6th, or until sold out. We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for your support over the last few years.

The owners say they plan to reopen when they can find a suitable space.

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Salcido Esparza closing Barrio Urbano at The Yard in north Phoenix

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Acclaimed Valley chef Silvana Salcido Esparza is closing Barrio Urbano, her two-year-old restaurant at Sam Fox’s The Yard complex on Seventh Street and Montebello in north central Phoenix.

Salcido Esparza made the announcement herself with a lengthy Facebook explanation, citing several factors, including a lack of control, a questionable location, high rent, and her own ongoing health concerns.

Salcido Esparza, who was diagnosed with the inflammatory disease sarcoidosis last year, is best known for her two award-winning restaurants: Barrio Cafe on 16th Street in Phoenix and Barrio Café Gran Reserva on Grand Avenue in west Phoenix.

With the closure of Barrio Urbano – Thursday is its last day – those will be the only two she has.

(She was hired to create and launch the Barrio Queen concept, which has locations in north Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Sky Harbor, but she only has a small stake in the airport one.)

Pointing to the growing number of Valley restaurants with ‘‘barrio’’ names or themes,Salcido Esparza says she is working on a new healthy-eating concept simply called Nopalero.

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