Summer can be a tough time for restaurants in Metro Phoenix. But a few newcomers are taking advantage of the slower season to open for the first time.
Over the past week, five new restaurants and cocktail bars have opened in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler. Here’s what you need to know.
B & B Cocktail Lounge
4222 North Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
Hours of Operation: 5pm to midnight on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bourbon & Bones Chophouse fans rejoice. The restaurant now has an occasional cocktail bar located just steps away. North of the restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale, B&B Cocktail Lounge opened Wednesday, June 22. The bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails along with snacks to share including wagyu slices with sweet chile, ponzu butter, cheese stuffed dates, sushi, and fondue. This is the valley’s first bed and breakfast location, and another is scheduled to open at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix next year.
1 North 1st Street
Opening hours: daily from 11 am to 10 pm
A new neopolitan-style pizzeria has quietly opened in downtown Phoenix. The Desmond Restaurant and Bar, located next to the Kettle Black Pub on First Street, serves pizza, sandwiches, and salads made with ingredients locally or imported from Italy, according to its website. For those looking for a hearty meal, appetizers include the New York Strip, pork steak with the bone, or shrimp and scallops linguini. The menu is accompanied by a drinks list of wines, beers and cocktails.
1935 East Camelback Road, Suite C-130
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 10pm
The famous Torchy’s Tacos in Texas has opened its first location in Arizona. On Monday evening, the new Camelback Colonnade hosted an opening party with tacos, queso, beer samples and other drinks. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, the restaurant officially opens for service. The new location includes a dining room and patio where customers can try signature tacos and margaritas. After this restaurant, Torchy’s plans to open two more locations in Phoenix later this year.
California Fish Grill
1743 East Camelback Road, Suite A-5
Hours of Operation: 11 AM to 9 PM from Sunday to Wednesday. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The Camelback Colonnade is filled with new places to eat, as the 47th location of the national chain California Fish Grill opened there on June 25. It’s the restaurant’s second location in Arizona, after Mesa opened last year. The counter service restaurant serves tacos, hand-cooked fish and powder, salads, and vegetarian dishes. The chain focuses on serving sustainably sourced seafood.
Modern Indian cuisine Feringhi
3491 West Free Rd, Chandler
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday plus Sunday from 5 to 10 pm Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 pm
Indian food just got a fine dining arrangement at Chandler, at the Feringhee Modern Indian Cuisine. Local ingredients, including produce from Steadfast Farms and fish from Chula Seafood meet aromatic Indian spices at this new restaurant, which opened June 23. Dishes include tandoori bread stuffed with ricotta masala cheese, chickpea bindi chana with pickled gooseberry, duck, lamb, and shrimp kebabs. The new restaurant also serves cocktails in its dining room and on the outside patio on Frye Road in Chandler. Reservations can be made online.