Closings

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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5-month-old sports bar IncogNitos closes in Chandler

BY Jess Harter Friday, February 10, 2017

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IncogNitos, a family-run sports bar specializing in made-from-scratch food, has closed after five months on the northwest corner of Alma School and Warner in Chandler.

The restaurant, which had taken over the longtime home of Gallagher’s Sports Grill, posted the news Thursday on Facebook:

IncogNitos closed its doors today. Dean and Faye have appreciated all their loyal customers, friends and family. It was only fitting we opened our doors on September 9th and closed on February 9th.

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Stingray Sushi closes doors after just 2 years in west Chandler

BY Jess Harter Monday, December 5, 2016

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After two years on the southeast corner of I-10 and Ray in west Chandler, Stingray Sushi abruptly has closed it doors.

According to various social media reports, staff was not informed of the closure until Sunday.

The original Stingray Sushi debuted in Old Town Scottsdale in 2003 and quickly became one of the Valley’s hottest sushi spots.

Additional locations opened at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix in 2010 and the Scottsdale Quarter in 2011.

In September 2014, the owners closed the original, but expanded to Chandler two months later.

The Scottsdale Quarter location closed earlier this year. With the closure in Chandler, only the Biltmore location remains open.

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Citing a disgreement with its landlord, Unwined Bar & Bistro has closed on the northeast corner of Desert Foothills Parkway and Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee.

The wine bar opened in February 2014, and was sold to Jeff and Karen Stefl in April 2015.

According to their Facebook announcement:

It is with sincere regret that we announce that Unwined has closed. We were in lease negotiations with our landlord for weeks when we found out that our walk in cooler was not in compliance with current health codes relating to the type of freon used in the unit.

Since this unit is owned by our landlord we asked her to make the necessary repairs which were in excess of 10,000. She refused. Because we could not hold proteins at correct temps we were forced to forego the new lease.

Thank you for your support these last 2 years. We will miss you but will let you know where Unwined Too will be located!

The Stefls have plenty to keep hem busy in the meantime. This weekend, they and their sons are launching Twisted Cactus Brewing Company in Chandler.

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