Food + Restaurants

James Lewis JL Smokehouse
In recent months, as we’ve seen protests over racial violence across the country and new support for the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve also seen new support for Black-owned businesses. Some argue that a good place to put those dollars here in Phoenix is toward our burgeoning Black barbecue scene.
Jul. 17, 2020
Chef Stephen Jones Delta the Larder
As the pandemic has raged in our state, we’ve seen businesses close and reopen with new safety protocols in place. But now, as the numbers continue to surge here, some businesses are choosing to close their doors again.
Jul. 16, 2020
Organ Stop
Phoenix is following in the footsteps of Mesa and Glendale by allowing restaurants to extend their dining areas.
Jul. 2, 2020
The Melting Pot
It's Arizona Restaurant Week and restaurants are re-imagining the setup due to COVID-19. Diners have the option for take-out or dine-in to more than 100 participating eateries for this year’s restaurant week. Prices range from about $33 a person to $44, and some restaurants are even offering $44 couple’s meals.
Jun. 26, 2020
The Churchill, restaurant and marketplace.
Restaurants in Arizona have been allowed to open for dine-in service for some time now, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's business as usual. In order to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, most are operating at low capacity, and with many new restrictions in place.
Jun. 9, 2020
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
Another weekend is kicking off. And after the crowds seen across the state last weekend, many will be on the lookout for scenes of non-social distancing. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane had some choice words for party-goers who packed into Old Town Scottsdale restaurants over Memorial Day Weekend.
May. 29, 2020
fork and knife
New figures from OpenTable, the dining app helping people make reservations, show dine-in seating is down 60% in Arizona from a year ago. That's a big decrease, but far better than the 87% drop-off nationwide.
May. 26, 2020
restaurant employees filling orders at counter
Restaurants are opening again in Arizona. But some managers and owners are still finding themselves short staffed.
May. 20, 2020
Chris Malloy
As health officials continue their efforts to clamp down on the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Doug Ducey is moving forward with reopening the state’s economy. However, while some are excited to return to service, others say we are not ready yet. This includes people like Food Critic Chris Malloy, whose job depends on dine-in restaurants.
May. 14, 2020
employees sitting at tables
Despite being able to resume dine-in service, it’s far from business as usual for Arizona restaurants. In April, we featured two Phoenix restaurants coping with COVID-19 in different ways. Four weeks later, we check in to see how they’re doing.
Gyms, Pools To Open As Gov. Ducey Continues To Relax Restrictions
May. 12, 2020
Chef Danielle Leoni
While many Arizona business owners have been pushing to reopen, not everyone is so eager. A growing number of business owners are now voicing their concerns — and saying it’s simply too soon to reopen.
May. 11, 2020
A Sweet Tomatoes restaurant
A buffet chain with several restaurants in Arizona will likely close permanently, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. There are nine Arizona Sweet Tomatoes locations, including seven in the Phoenix metro area.
May. 8, 2020
fork and plate
Eddie Hantaf is one of the small restaurant owners who is about to reopen in light of the governor’s order. Hantaf has owned Hummus Express since 2012. Though Hantaf has managed to hang on without the help of federal stimulus dollars, he said it hasn’t been easy.
May. 8, 2020
Restaurant
After nearly two months of takeout and delivery only, many restaurants in Maricopa County will resume dine-in services next week. However, several important safety measures will still be in place.
May. 7, 2020
open sign
Restaurants can reopen next week in Arizona amid a downward trend in coronavirus cases and other measurements laid out by federal officials, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday. Ducey said restaurants can open next Monday and salons and barber shops can open this Friday.
Reopening Arizona Might Be A Long Road, Experts Warn
May. 4, 2020
employees preparing food
Restaurants could reopen for dine-in service later this month, but that doesn’t mean the experience will be normal. The Arizona Restaurant Association is working on creating guidelines for eating out, during the pandemic.
May. 1, 2020
An empty Valley restaurant kitchen
The Arizona Restaurant Association created a grant program that is helping to ease the burden of those in the industry who are laid off.
Apr. 24, 2020
Open sign business
Steve Chucri, the president of the Arizona Restaurant Association, thinks it's possible that dining at restaurants could resume as early as next month. But he warns that transition won’t be as easy as flipping a switch.
Apr. 20, 2020
restaurant employees filling orders at counter
The Arizona Restaurant Association says there are more than 10,000 dining establishments in state. Some are still open, many have temporarily closed and others may never reopen. Over the next few months, KJZZ will follow two Phoenix restaurants through the crisis. Meet the local owners behind two different restaurants sharing the same mission: to serve their communities.
Arizona Small Restaurants To Gov. Ducey: We Need Your Help
Apr. 9, 2020
Chris Bianco
Gov. Doug Ducey’s order to protect small businesses from eviction applied to businesses with fewer than 500 employees — like many of the local bars and restaurants that have been forced to close to dine-in guests. Still, many businesses face the challenge of securing revenue.
Apr. 7, 2020

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