Closings

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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Modern Grove closes Mesa location, 2 others still open

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Modern Grove Neighborhood Eatery & Market, a two-year-old casual restaurant with a front lawn patio, has closed its doors on the northwest corner of Gilbert and Brown in north Mesa.

The concept – which offers a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas – is the brainchild of developer Aaron Klusman, the founder of Chandler-based Zoyo Yogurt.

Modern Grove launched in Flagstaff in 2013 and eventually opened three Valley locations with plans for more. It’s now down to two locations: Scottsdale and northeast Phoenix.

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Essence Bakery Cafe in Tempe to close at end of May

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Sad news for East Valley macaron lovers: After 10 award-winning years, Essence Bakery Cafe in Tempe is closing at the end of May.

The restaurant and bakery, located on the southeast corner of Hardy and University, serves a European-inspired menu for breakfast and lunch.

The signature menu item, though, is chef-owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos’ macarons, made fresh daily and available in more than a dozen flavors.

Although Theodosopoulos and husband Gilles Combes decided not to renew the Tempe lease, their three-year-old Phoenix location on the southeast corner of 38th Street and Indian School remains open.

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Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream closes Tempe location

BY Jess Harter Monday, April 17, 2017

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Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream has closed the Tempe location it took over just last summer. The location, on the northeast corner of McClintock and Southern, previously was home to Nello’s Pizza.

Iowa-based Happy Joe’s entered the Arizona market by opening a Gilbert location in June 2015. It took over Nello’s in Tempe in June 2016 and briefly tried to operate the latter as a hybrid of the two concepts.

Happy Joe’s lays claim to inventing the taco pizza – dubbed the Taco Joe (pictured), its bestseller – in the early 1970s.

The Happy Joe’s in Gilbert remains open.

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Rania’s Kabob Grill, a three-year-old Afghani restaurant on the northwest corner of Higley and Baseline in Gilbert, closed its doors Saturday night.

As its name suggests, Rania’s specialized in kabobs (also spelled kebobs) – fire-grilled skewers of marinated beef, chicken (pictured), lamb, and shrimp.

The restaurant opened in February 2014.

According to a notice on the restaurant’s Facebook page, the owners plan to open a burgers-and-beer concept called on Warner, just west of Arizona, in Chandler.

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Harvey American Public House in Gilbert to close Saturday

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Harvey American Public House, a neighborhood-centric bar and grill in Gilbert, will close Saturday night after nearly five years in business.

It made the announcement Wednesday on Facebook:

Sadly, Harvey American will be closing on March 25th at 12am. Please come in this week to wish our wonderful staff well. Be sure to speak to Paul. Thank you, HAPH Family. We will miss you all.

Harvey American Public House opened in June 2012 on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field. The menu featured burgers, sandwiches, pastas, ribs, and steaks.

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Short-lived HopWerks closes at San Tan Village in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Thursday, March 2, 2017

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HopWerks, the craft beer bar that replaced World of Beer at San Tan Village in Gilbert last October, has closed after less than five months. The two other former WOB locations in Arizona – in Tempe and Tucson – were bought by Scottsdale-based Square One Concepts and rebranded as its Wasted Grain concept, but don’t be surprised to see them soon re-rebranded as something new.

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Closed: Flip’s Burgers & Brew at Mesa Riverview

BY Jess Harter Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Flip’s Burgers & Brew has closed its doors at Mesa Riverview shopping center in west Mesa. The sports bar opened in January 2016, taking over a space formerly occupied by Volcano Buffet.

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