A new fast-casual concept from the folks at Barrio Queen, featuring tacos, tequila and other Mexican food favorites. 15801 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-436-6559, barriocosita.com
Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill
The former Teakwoods Tavern & Grill is now home to the Valley’s fifth Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill. Lots of pub grub here from chicken wings to burgers. 151 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, 480-590-3757, fatwillysaz.com
Freely Taproom & Kitchen
This Tempe taproom offers 32 freshly-tapped beers and a small menu of appetizers, salads and flatbreads. 1730 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, 602-960-6001, freelytaproom.com
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
The Valley now has a second location of Gus’s, a popular fried chicken franchise, featuring individual pieces of chicken and sides, or plates with baked beans, slaw and white bread. 341 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 602-601-4901, gusfriedchicken.com
Haldi Indian Cuisine
A second location for this Surprise Indian restaurant, serving everything from chicken tikka masala and vegetable korma to lamb biryani and tandoori shrimp. 18561 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, 623-440-8150, haldiaz.com
I Heart Mac & Cheese
North Scottsdale welcomes a franchise mac and cheese shop with build-your-own bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches extraordinaire. And, they have tater tots. You’re welcome. 16500 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, iheartmacandcheese.com
Little Asia Cuisine
You’ll find sushi, Southeast Asian and Hawaiian dishes at this dine-in and takeout restaurant in west Phoenix. 4212 W. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, 602-843-8328, littleasiacuisine.com
Maskadores Taco Shop
North Phoenix welcomes a new location of wrestling-themed Maskadores Taco Shop. 20235 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, maskadorestacoshop.com
Matt’s Big Breakfast
Valley favorite Matt’s Big Breakfast opens its fifth location in Glendale, featuring hearty breakfast and lunch dishes. 7507 W. Rose Garden Lane, Glendale, 623-259-9836, mattsbigbreakfast.com
Poke & Ramen
At this new spot in Mesa, you’ll discover a selection of poke bowls and Japanese ramen for dine-in, delivery or takeout. 6825 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-572-1623
If you’re looking for a coffee fix in downtown Phoenix, Press Coffee just opened its ninth location in the 200 EVB office building. 200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 602-633-1100, presscoffee.com
Romey’s Sandwich Bar
Casual eatery with salads and sandwiches, including tuna bacon lettuce and tomato and barbecued pork. Their motto? “We’re great in bread.” 275 W. Warner Rd., Chandler, 480-597-6056, romeyssandwichbar.com
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods aplenty here. This Tempe spot replaces Shawarma Corner and is open until 4 a.m. 521 S. College Ave., Tempe, 480-366-4671, shawarmafactorytempe.com
Family-run Mexican restaurant opens its 12th Valley location. Traditional favorites include the borracho burro, cheese enchiladas and crispy tacos. 2636 S. Signal Butte Rd., Mesa, 480-597-9098, someburros.com
Tijuana-style tacos headline the menu, but you’ll also find burritos, quesadillas, nachos, mulitas and vampiros. 1606 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, tacoscalafia.com
Tucked inside Westin Tempe, the Terra Tempe restaurant “combines the rustic flavors of Arizona with traditional Southwestern dishes,” with executive chef Alexander Robinson at the helm. Also check out the hotel’s SkySill Rooftop Lounge for sweeping Valley views. 11 E. Seventh St., Tempe, 480-968-8885, terratempe.com
Thai Chili 2 Go
Visit the quick Thai food restaurant’s newest location at The Edge in Scottsdale. 8870 N. 9oth St., Scottsdale, 480-527-2480, tc2go.com
The Parlour Room
Oct. 30 marks the opening of The Parlour Room, sister to downtown Gilbert’s White Rabbit Bar. Expect red lights, nightclub vibe and specialty cocktails. 207 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, parlour.bar
Twisted Chef Cantina
This new neighborhood cantina serves up everything from bulgogi to tacos to burgers. 748 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-507-0713, twistedchefcantina.com
Illinois-based Brunch Café has called it quits at its only Arizona location in Scottsdale.
Howler’s Restaurant & Sports Bar in Gilbert has closed due to lease issues.
Pulque Fine Mexican Cuisine in Scottsdale has shuttered after nine months in business.
The Codfather, a fish and chips eatery in Phoenix, closed at the end of July.
The Revelry food and entertainment complex at Mesa Riverview closed its doors after just 10 months.
Tempe’s Tres Kitchen + Bar has temporarily closed and is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 31.
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October 2021 Restaurant Openings and Closings – PHOENIX magazine