These new restaurants are now open in the Phoenix metro

Summer can be a tough time for restaurants in Metro Phoenix. But a few newcomers are taking advantage of the slowdown in the 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.

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B&B Cocktail Lounge is a spin-off of Bourbon & Bones in Scottsdale.

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B&B cocktail lounge

4222 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Opening hours: 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Bourbon & Bones Chophouse fans, rejoice. The restaurant now has a spin-off cocktail bar just steps away. Located north of the restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale, the B&B Cocktail Lounge opened on Wednesday, June 22. The bar offers beer, wine, and cocktails as well as snacks to share, including Wagyu slices with sweet chilli and ponzu butter, cheese-stuffed dates, sushi, and hot pot. This is the first B&B location in the Valley, with another set to open at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix next year.

The Desmond

1 First Street North
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

A new Neapolitan-style pizzeria has quietly opened in downtown Phoenix. The Desmond Restaurant and Bar, located next to the Kettle Black pub on First Street, serves pizzas, sandwiches and salads made with local or imported ingredients from Italy, according to its website. For those looking for a heartier meal, entrees include New York Strip, bone-in pork chop, or shrimp and scallop linguine. The menu of dishes is accompanied by a menu of drinks composed of wines, beers and cocktails.

Click to enlarge Torchy's Tacos' first location in Arizona is located on Camelback Road.  - COURTESY OF TACOS DE TORCHY

Torchy’s Tacos’ first location in Arizona is located on Camelback Road.

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Torchy Tacos

1935 East Camelback Road, Suite C-130
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Texas-famous Torchy’s Tacos has opened its first location in Arizona. On Monday night, the new Camelback Colonnade restaurant hosted an opening night with free 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.

Californian grilled fish

1743 East Camelback Road, Suite A-5
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

The Camelback Colonnade is filling up with new places to eat, as the 47th location of the nationwide California Fish Grill chain opened there on June 25. This is the restaurant’s second location in Arizona, following Mesa’s opening last year. The counter-service restaurant serves tacos, hand-breaded fish, chowders, salads, and plant-based dishes. The chain focuses on serving sustainably sourced seafood.

Click to enlarge Feringhee Modern Indian Cuisine offers fine dining in Chandler.  -JILL MCNAMARA

Feringhee Modern Indian Cuisine offers fine dining in Chandler.

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Feringhee Modern Indian Cuisine

3491 West Frye Road, Chandler
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday plus Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Indian cuisine has just had a makeover in Chandler, at 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. Shrimp Skewers. The new restaurant also serves cocktails in its dining room and outdoor patio, located on Frye Road in Chandler. Reservations can be made online.

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