Winter 2016 business openings and closings

Jobot, which closed its original location in late December, took over Oliver's Sophisticated Bean's location in the ground floor of Roosevelt Point, opening on Jan. 6. (Craig Johnson/DD)

Wintertime brought an influx of new restaurants and shops to the rapidly developing downtown Phoenix area. It also marked the end of a long road for some staple downtown Phoenix shops. Here’s Downtown Devil‘s full list of business opening and closings in Winter 2016:


The Armory Incubator

455 North Third Street

Located in the Arizona Center, the Armory is the nation’s first incubator and co-working space dedicated to veterans.

Jobot Coffee and Diner (new location)

333 East Roosevelt Street

Just a week after shutting its original location on Roosevelt Row, Jobot’s opened the doors to its new location in the space formerly occupied by coffee shop Oliver’s Sophisticated Bean.

Grand Avenue Records

1504 Grand Avenue

Located next to the former Trunk Space location, Grand Avenue Records is the newest addition to the local music shop scene offering vinyl’s, CDs, tapes and records.

Even Stevens Sandwiches

21 West Van Buren Street

This Utah-based sandwich restaurant chain considers itself “A Sandwich Shop with a Cause” – for every sandwich sold, another is donated to a local non-profit. 

Cheba Hut

825 North Seventh Street, Suite 101

Located next door to Mother Brunch Brewing, this marijuana-themed sandwich chain opened its sixth Arizona location in downtown Phoenix at the end of last year.

Palabras Libreria

1023 Grand Avenue, Studio B

This bilingual library offers books in English and Spanish, with intentions to serve the Phoenix community by providing access to Spanish-language reading materials. The space had been open as a small bookstore and event space prior to its expansion late last year.

Wasted Ink Zine Distro (new location) 

2222 North 16th Street

Formerly located in Tempe, this little local zine library and shop moved to downtown Phoenix at the end of last year. They are the latest occupant inside The HIVE art gallery.

Vera Icon Nail Spa and Salon

555 North Central Avenue, Suite 140

Located on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus, Vera Icon finished renovations of its space at the end of last year to create a sleek and contemporary place to unwind.


Jobot Coffee and Diner (relocation)

918 North Fifth Street

The iconic Roosevelt Row coffee shop’s closing of its original location at the end of last year highlighted the developmental changes the area has seen in the past decade. Its last few days brought community members together for final reflection, all while over a hot toddy and crepe in Jobot’s small bungalow shop.


902 North Sixth Street

GrowHouse, another community staple on Roosevelt Row, shuttered its windows earlier this month. The vintage shop and community garden sought to unite the community through their Sunday community volunteer gardening events.

Oliver’s Sophisticated Bean

333 East Roosevelt Street, Suite 110

Located on the retail floor space of Roosevelt Point, Oliver’s Sophisticated Bean opened in March 2016, but closed its doors at the end of the year.

Set to open in Spring/Summer 2017:


515 East Grant Street

The up-and-coming Warehouse District is playing host to a number of tech companies including Galvanize, a Denver-based technology education company that offers training in software development and data sciences. 

Taco Chelo 

Southeast corner of Fifth and Roosevelt streets

Local restauranteur Aaron Chamberlain of St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market will open his third venture, Taco Chelo, this summer. The authentic taqueria will be housed in the The Blocks, a new development project replacing the space formerly occupied by Flowers Craft Beer and Wine.

Cornish Pasty Co. 

Central Avenue and Monroe Street

After years of building hiccups and delays, the popular local chain Cornish Pasty Co. is expected to open its downtown location within the year. Recent posts on the restaurant’s Facebook page indicate the project is in its final stages, though no official opening date has been announced.

The Whining Pig Bar 

Washington and Third streets

The Collier Center, which houses the Hard Rock Cafe and various other restaurants will add The Whining Pig Bar to its lineup at the end of March.

Ahipoki Bowl 

Seventh Avenue and McDowell Road

CityScape at First Avenue and Washington Street

The California-based seafood restaurant is furthering its expansion into Arizona with two new locations slated to open in the downtown area. The first at Seventh Avenue and McDowell will open in late February and the second at the CityScape will open late spring.

Set to close Spring 2017:

Treeo art gallery

906 North Sixth Street 

This converted bungalow on Roosevelt Row, which is home to Champion PR + Consulting and is home art gallery exhibits and events, will close on February 1.

Clarification: January 17, 2017

An earlier version of this story did not specify that Palabras Libreria was previously open as an event space and small bookstore prior to its expansion. It has been updated to include this.

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