Restaurant openings and closings in September across Phoenix
World of Beer is gone. Growler USA is in.
September was a busy month for restaurants in metro Phoenix. Among 18 new spots are Shake Shack at Kierland Commons, Cheba Hut in downtown Phoenix and Slim Chickens in Gilbert. Six places shuttered, including BLT Steak at Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley.
Flagstaff-based SoSoBa took over the former Centurion restaurant in downtown Phoenix. The kitchen is open late and serves a variety of noodle dishes, such as tonkotsu pork ramen and sweet chile-glazed udon. Salads, shared plates and desserts round out the menu.
Details: 214 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-795-1005, sosobaphx.com.
Arizona’s homegrown sandwich shop opened in the former Bayless Grocery & Market building, on Seventh and Garfield streets in Phoenix, next to Mother Bunch Brewing. Its "toasted" sandwiches are named after slang strains of cannabis, such as White Widow (chicken ranch) and Humboldt (guacamole and vegetables). Downtown's Hut, which has a full bar, is the sixth in Arizona.
Details: 825 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. chebahut.com.
Bourbon & Bones
Pair your rib eye with one of more than 75 bourbons at this upscale steakhouse on Scottsdale Road and Third Avenue in Scottsdale. Colorado lamb chops, Alaskan king crab and Maine lobster are among the offerings from executive chef Isaac Carter. The bar manager is Richie Moe, formerly of Citizen Public House and The Gladly. This is the newest concept from Scottsdale-based Square One Concepts, which operates Crab & Mermaid and Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers.
Details: 4200 N. Scottsdale Road, Phoenix. 480-629-4922, bourbonandbonesaz.com.
For $8.99, diners choose the protein (such as gyro, beef shawarma or chicken kabob) in their bowl (such as the hummus or Southwest bowl). All bowls are served with pita and tzatziki sauce. This Mediterranean kitchen opened at the Collier Center in downtown Phoenix. It’s the third Arizona location, with two others in Scottsdale.
Details: 201 E Washington St., Phoenix. 602-633-1074. Other locations at pitacafeaz.com.
Snoh Ice Shavery
Owner Tony Chanthavong brought a second Snoh to Phoenix, opening at Second and McKinley streets. Chinese shaved ice, called bao bing, is the main attraction. Ordering the frozen treat is similar to frozen yogurt: Choose a base flavor such as coconut or taro; then toppings, such as banana chips, mango and sprinkles. Glaze it all with butterscotch, chocolate or Nutella.
Details: 801 N. Second St., Phoenix. And, 914 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-888-4063, snohice.com.
This stylish cocktail lounge is inspired by Chez Nous, a longtime Phoenix club opened by Andy and Maureen Womack in 1963 that closed in 2009. The bar, decor and menus pay reflect the style from the '60s. Look for champagne cocktails, gin rickeys and sidecars to drink; and lobster caprese, deviled eggs and filet to eat. The Womack is operated by Genuine Concepts, which owns Little Woody, The Vig, Cobra Arcade Bar and Linger Longer Lounge.
Details: 5749 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-283-5991, thewomack.us.
The only beers poured at this pub are brewed in America. Arizona beers on tap include selections from Four Peaks, SanTan, Papago and Grand Canyon. Hard cider, root beer, cold-pressed coffee and kombucha tea are also on the drink menu. Pair your drink with bar bites such as beef short rib sliders and mahi tacos. The Colorado-based company has locations in Oregon, North Carolina, Texas, Hawaii and Washington state.
Details: 5415 E. High St., Phoenix. 480-454-4354, growlerusa.com/phoenix.
Arizona now has three Shake Shacks. Danny Meyer’s popular burger chain recently opened at Kierland Commons, joining shacks at Uptown Plaza in central Phoenix and Scottsdale Fashion Square. New at this location is a frozen custard called the Kierland Campfire. It's made with chocolate custard, marshmallow sauce, graham cracker and dark chocolate chunks from Zak's Chocolate, a family-owned restaurant in Scottsdale.
Details: Kierland Commons, Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road, Phoenix. 602-362-2020. Other locations at shakeshack.com.
Gwin Wine and Beer
Gwin is a Cornish word for wine, and this new Scottsdale bar celebrates the libation. Business partners Alex Manuel, Rishi Patel and Sean Babin opened Gwin, which features wines from Manuel’s family vineyard, Chacewater Vineyards in Northern California. Pair a glass with baked Brie topped with almonds and raw honey from Hindu Hillbilly, which is owned by Patel’s family in Montana. For a substantial meal, look for a pasty selection from Cornish Pasty Co.
Details: 7342 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-247-9915, gwinaz.com.
Char Kitchen + Bar
Lamb gyro, chicken skewers and burgers are among the offerings at this restaurant, which took over the former Bink’s Kitchen + Bar Scottsdale. Pauline Martinez, who co-owns Perk Eatery, opened Char Kitchen + Bar with her father, Peter Micakaj, and brother, Pal Micakaj.
Details: 6107 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-664-9238.
Tina Padilla is an accountant turned restaurateur. Tia Shorty is her nickname, and she created the menu based on dishes she learned from her grandmother while growing up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Look for chicken tacos, tamales, posole, taco salad and aguas frescas.
Details: 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-951-0379. Search “Tia Shorty's Authentic Mexican Food” on Facebook.
Fish tacos, poke, beach-themed burgers and teriyaki rice bowls are among the offerings at this fast-casual spot on Broadway Road between Priest and Hardy drives in Tempe. The Valley's first location of the Orlando-based chain has a pending liquor license.
Details: 1202 W. Broadway Road, Tempe. 480-361-0084, jimmyhulas.com.
This popular Chinese restaurant in Chandler opened a Tempe location, near Apache Boulevard and Dorsey Lane. Diners will find pork ribs noodle soup, chicken and Chinese mushroom clay pots and kung pao chicken on the menu.
Details: 1250 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. 480-557-8888. Also, 910 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. 480-821-2888. Search "Chou's Kitchen" on Facebook.
Umami at Shady Park
Ramen is back on Mill Avenue. After closing last December, Umami has reopened at Shady Park on University Drive and Mill, in downtown Tempe. Customers can build their own ramen by choosing a broth base and toppings such as roasted pork, soft egg, togarashi corn and spicy garlic paste.
Details: 26 E. University Drive, Tempe. 480-474-4222. Search “Umami at Shady Park” on Facebook.
From tenders served with Texas toast to Buffalo wrap plates, the menu at this quick-service restaurant features a whole lot of chicken. Also served are wings, salads, sandwiches and sides such as fried pickles, potato salad and macaroni and cheese. Save room for a dessert in a jar or fried pie. Located at Gilbert and Guadalupe roads, this is the first Arizona location of the Arkansas-based business.
Details: 748 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-507-9969, slimchickens.com.
Noodles & Company
The menu at this fast-casual eatery features customizable Asian, Mediterranean and American-style noodle dishes, such as pad Thai, spaghetti with meatballs and macaroni and cheese. Don't want mushrooms in the pesto cavatappi? Get fungi-free pasta. Or double the steak portions in the stroganoff. Salads, soups and noodle-free protein bowls are also on the menu.
Details: 2975 S. Market St., Gilbert. 480-963-0255, noodles.com.
Apple fritters, sprinkle doughnuts, croissants, bagels, doughnut holes, bear claws, coffee, tea and smoothies are among the offerings at this growing chain of doughnut shops, now open at Mesa Riverview.
Details: 805 N. Dobson Road, Mesa. 480-699-0066. Other locations at bosadonutsaz.com.
Now open near Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road in Chandler, this fast-food restaurant serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, chicken soup, salads, wraps, ice cream and breakfast.
Details: 3871 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-895-2002, chick-fil-a.com.
World of Beer, a beer bar in Tempe, Gilbert and Tucson.
Eliana’s Restaurant, a venerable Salvadorian restaurant in Phoenix.
BLT Steak, the chophouse at Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley. Lincoln Restaurant and Bar 1936, featuring the upscale comfort food of chef Chris Neff, will replace BLT Steak.
Iss' Magic Mixes Oatmeal Cafe, a vegan breakfast and brunch spot in Mesa. The owner will continue to sell Iss' Magic Mixes oatmeals at farmers markets.
US Fries, a poutine shop in downtown Tempe.
The Great Dane Restaurant, a longtime hot dog restaurant in central Phoenix.