8 restaurants in Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa and Scottsdale are now closed

As the pandemic fog begins to lift, restaurant owners face numerous challenges. Many struggle to hire enough staff to run their restaurants while others struggle to keep the ingredients and supplies they need in stock.

As some restaurant owners navigate this new business vibe, others have closed permanently.

In a longtime pub in Tempe, Arizona State University students can’t enjoy Guinness after class. A link in a national restaurant chain was closed in Scottsdale. A Filipino restaurant in Mesa has closed its doors, but fortunately has plans to move.

Here are eight recent restaurant closings around Metro Phoenix.

Mr. Claws

The Mesa seafood restaurant, Mr. Claws, has closed after less than a year of business. The restaurant confirmed to the Arizona Republic that it is now permanently closed. The restaurant opened on Alma School Road south of Southern Avenue in June 2020. The fast, casual restaurant serves Cajun-style seafood and combination platters of softshell, king or snow crab. Shrimp; Oysters; and lobster. The sides included corn on the cob, garlic noodles, and sweet potato fries.

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