Closings

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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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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Citing rising costs and Arizona’s minimum wage increase, Native Grill & Wings on the northeast corner of Alma School and Queen Creek in south Chandler has announced it will close its doors Saturday night.

The first thing that came to my mind: I wonder if a new Guidepost 13 is replacing it?

If you haven’t heard, the investment group that bought the Valley-based chain (then known as Native New Yorker) in 2014 and changed the name, recently introduced a new franchise concept.

Guidepost 13, named for the 13 members of the group, will feature oven-grilled wings, tenders, and flatbread pizzas along with self-serve beer taps.

The group already has targeted an empty building at 36th Street and Indian School in Arcadia as the first Guidepost 13 location, scheduled to open this fall.

It also has said it plans to open three to five more Guidepost 13s in the Valley before franchising the concept nationwide.

There’s been no official indication the Ocotillo location will become a Guidepost 13 but the timing is interesting.

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Blooming Beets Kitchen’s foray into the Arizona market has abruptly ended after less than seven months.

The Boulder, Colo.-based concept, which focused on Paleo-centric eating, made its Arizona debut in December, taking over the former Fired Up Grill on the southwest corner of 56th Street and Ray in west Chandler.

Blooming Beets’ gluten-free and grain-free menu used organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Meats were wild-caught or grass-fed. No processed sugar, seed oils, or GMO soy or corn were used.

There is no closing announcement on Blooming Beets’ Facebook page and no notices posted on the doors. But tables and signage have been removed, the doors have ben locked, and the phone has been disconnected.

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Now closed: Eklectic Pie in Mesa

BY Jess Harter Monday, June 19, 2017

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Eklectic Pie, one of several fast-casual pizza concepts that have popped up in the Valley in recent years, has closed its location on the northeast corner of Stapley and Baseline in Mesa.

Its other location on the northwest corner of Gilbert and Germann in Chandler remains open.

Eklectic Pie is one of the few locally born pizza concepts among a flood of competitors like My Pie (also local), Blaze, MOD, Pie Five, Pieology, and PizzaRev.

The Mesa Eckletic Pie opened in September 2015. It likely was hindered by the 2016 openings of Pie Five (since closed) and Mellow Mushroom in the same parking lot.

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Closed: Posh Improvisational Cuisine in Scottsdale

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Posh Improvisational Cuisine, one of the Valley’s most acclaimed fine-dining restaurants, has closed in the Optima Camelview Condominium Building near Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Posh opened in 2009 and featured a ‘‘improvisational’’ menu – diners chose the number of courses they wanted, listed any specific food likes and dislikes, and received a uniquely created meal.

Owner-chef Josh Hebert will reopen the space later this summer as Chef’s Lounge, a commissary kitchen for food trucks and food artisans and a venue for pop-up restaurants.

Hebert will continue to operate Hot Noodles Cold Sake, a casual Posh spinoff that opened in north Scottsdale last October.

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Closed: Social Box Neighborhood Eatery in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Thursday, June 1, 2017

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery, a unique restaurant that paired comfort food with community stewardship, has closed in Chandler.

Social Box opened in November 2014 in the longtime Iguana Macks space on Alma School between Warner and Ray.

In its two-plus years, Social Box held more than 100 fundraisers for non-profits, schools, and, most commonly, animal rescues.

Owner Matt Landkamer, who also operates several restaurants in California, cited rising food prices and the recent increase in the state’s minimum wage as major factors in Social Box’s closure.

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Closed: Cyprus Grill in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Cyprus Grill, a well-regarded Mediterranean restaurant on the southwest corner of Alma School and Queen Creek in Chandler, has closed its doors.

The restaurant, which opened in 2011, offered salads, pitas, falafel, and soulvaki (meat skewer) dinners.

In April 2015, owner Christodoulos ‘‘Christos’’ Komitis opened a sister restaurant, The Ivy, with virtually the same menu in a much larger space just two miles away.

According to a post on The Ivy’s Facebook page:

You can still get the same great food, service, plus cocktails at The Ivy. We will be diverting all of our attention here to introduce fresh ideas and amazing new things!

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