Another summer break has flown by far too quickly and school has creeped its way back into session. If you were one of the lucky few that got to leave Arizona for more temperate weather, you missed quite a lot while you were gone. For once thing, Tempe was under construction the entire time, so you will notice lots of road work and new buildings shooting into the sky. Lots of businesses have also changed, so take a look at what’s new, what has transitioned and what has closed down this fall.
NYPD Pizza, Tempe
NYPD Pizza is a local franchise with two restaurants inside Sky Harbor International Airport and 10 other locations all over the Valley. Tempe is the latest to hop on the pizza train with a new location on Mill Avenue, sandwiched between Loco Patron and Which Wich. Their tasty treats are made in stone ovens with fresh dough and choice ingredients, and they have breakfast offerings as well. And if you don’t feel like making the trip, you can always order in. Their delivery zone is from Curry Road to Broadway Road and from Priest Drive to Price Road and the 101, so pretty much anywhere Tempe ASU students live.
222 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 127, Tempe, aznypdpizza.com, open Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., breakfast Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Revival, Tempe
Fans of the Mexican restaurant Mucho Gusto will be sad to know that it is no longer around, but in its place is The Revival. An accurate name for the menu and location, The Revival comes from the creative mind of award-winning Chef Kelly Fletcher. Fletcher left his longtime post at House of Tricks to join forces with Mucho Gusto owner, Chad Withycombe. Focusing on lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the menu now expands much further than simple Mexican fare. Korean, French, Spanish and American influences are all over the menu, which is slightly higher in price point and a bit fancier. This place screams first date home run.
603 W. University Drive, Tempe, 480.921.0111, therevivalaz.com, open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight, closed Sunday
UNION Barrelhouse, Scottsdale
There are never enough places to drink good beer, and UNION Barrelhouse understands our thirst. Located in the Old Town Scottsdale spot where Salty Senorita once stood, Barrelhouse takes their drinking very seriously. Along with a hefty selection of whiskey and wine, the place is overflowing with beer and cocktails. A self-identified nano-brewery, they even have five of their own brews, which include the Barrelhouse Golden Ale, Barrelhouse IPA, Barrelhouse Imperial Porter, Barrelhouse Hefeweizen and Barrelhouse Wheat Bock. The menu pairs perfectly with heavy drinking, as they offer soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers that are all meant to soften the alcoholic blow. Barrelhouse is the kind of place where you feel like you should have a beard, not an ironic mustache. Check out their website for daily specials!
3636 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.946.7258, unionbarrelhouse.com, open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Wasted Grain, Scottsdale
The old Martini Ranch building is looking a lot less stabby. Wasted Grain is taking off like a rocket with live music, a ridiculous amount of whiskey and over 19 beers on tap. They are also the official home of the Seattle Seahawks for all of those Super Bowl champion bandwagon fans. Their menu is a mixture of childhood delights for adults (think pigs in a blanket and bacon popcorn) and serious bar food (poutine is on the freaking menu). Wasted Grain is taking full advantage of the space with a prohibition theme, 100 Proof Lounge and a much more open layout.
7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480.970.0500, wastedgrain.com
The King in Scottsdale is taking the concept of fun and blowing it up with vintage arcade games, bingo drinking games, board games and traditional bar games. Competitive drunks, you have met your new match. Taking the place of The Western, The King is perfect for group outings with pinball, Donkey Kong, Skee-Ball, Mortal Kombat and more. From the minds of Charlie Levy (Crescent Ballroom), Tucker Woodbury (The Vig, Crescent Ballroom) and Tyler Christensen (The Little Woody), we couldn’t have asked for anything more.
6830 E. Fifth Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.947.3585, thekingbar.com
Silent Flight/Mutual Goods, Tempe
If you have ever craved cold brew on a hot summer morning but haven’t been able to peel yourself off the couch, there is hope for you yet. Silent Flight will deliver a 64 ounce growler of iced coffee straight to your door and you can get a $5 credit for exchanging the growler with your next purchase. Mutual Goods will deliver 18, 32 or 64 ounces of cold brew on their bike!
Mother Bunch Brewing, Phoenix
We will never stop being excited about new breweries, and Mother Bunch Brewing is shaping up to be a great addition to the Arizona brewing family. With 20 tap handles and communal tables, this microbrewery is taking full advantage of their beautiful and historical location inside the J.B. Bayless building.
825 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, facebook.com/MotherBunchBrewing
Bars with arcade themes, or “barcades,” are taking over and we do not mind one bit. Why stay home and play the same boring games when you can venture out and actually talk to other human beings and drink beer on tap while crushing n00bs? Endgame has over 513 different game titles in their collection along with plenty of TVs and consoles for you to choose from. We are talking Genesis, Dreamcast, NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, PS1 through 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. You are probably fanning yourself after all of that and we totally understand. The nice thing about Endgame is minors have their own space to play during the day while the entire place becomes 21+ at night.
699 S. Mill Avenue Suite 201, Tempe, endgamebar.com
Postino ANX, Tempe
Finally, there will be a decent wine bar within walking distance of ASU. In fact, Postino Winecafe’s new location will be in an ASU building. The Art Annex Building at ASU is a five-story multi-use complex that will have a mix of business and classrooms once it is completed. Located on College Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, Postino will bring their signature wine, fancy foods and dudes in dress pants. Joining three other locations in Phoenix, Arcadia and Gilbert, Postino will be filling bellies with bruschetta and adult grape juice in no time.
615 S. College Avenue, Tempe, postinowinecafe.com
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, Tempe
The Art Annex Building will also house Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, which is setting up shop next to Postino. Their menu is full of salty, savory and sweet eats for breakfast and brunch with a full bar and all the hangover remedies you can handle. Snooze is still a ways from opening, so while it might not be ready this fall, you should keep an eye out for it to open later this year.
615 S. College Avenue, Tempe, snoozeeatery.com
Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row, Tempe
Robbie Fox’s is now a drunken, distant memory. The large locale on Mill Avenue transitioned into Public House on Sixth for a while, and will now become the newest location for Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.
640 S. Mill Avenue Suite 120, Tempe, Arizona, dierkswhiskeyrow.com
Blasted Barley, Tempe
We don’t know much about Blasted Barley just yet, other than it is taking the place of The Tavern on Mill. With the tag line “pub patio playground,” they promise to have live music, draft beers and house both a microbrewery and micro-distillery. We are all about it.
404 S. Mill Avenue, 480.967.5886, facebook.com/blastedbarley
It is with a heavy heart that we have to pour one out for the following businesses that simply did not make the cut this year and are now closed or have moved. RIP in peace, businesses.
Smashboxx in Scottsdale (7419 E. Indian Plaza) has closed.
Taco Haus in Scottsdale (7318 E. Shea Boulevard #101) has closed.
That’s a Wrap in Phoenix (2022 N. Seventh Street) has closed.
The Tavern on Mill in Tempe (404 S. Mill Avenue) has closed and their spot will become Blasted Barley.
Firehouse in Scottsdale (4312 N. Brown Avenue) is temporarily closed for renovations, as is American Junkie (4363 n. 75th Street, Scottsdale).
The Sail Inn in Tempe (26 S. Farmer Avenue) has closed, but live their live shows will continue at Cactus Jack’s Bar in Ahwahtukee (4747 E. Elliott Road, Suite 15, Phoenix).
Big Fish Pub in Tempe (1954 E. University Drive) has closed while Club Red/Red Owl in Tempe has moved to Mesa (1308 W. University Drive).