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May 19, 2009 03:11 PM

Whoa. Tapino closed for good (PHX)

Chef James Porter just sent out an e-mail announcing that Tapino is closed for good as of yesterday.

Total shock to me.

"It is with a heavy heart I announce that Tapino Kitchen & Wine Bar closed its doors forever on Monday, May 18, 2009.

There is no doubt I feel like I'm issuing a death notice. In fact, I am. Tapino was a dream opportunity for me: I was the chef, the owner, the energy and passion behind one of the first tapas style / small plate restaurants to bloom in the Valley. It is the place I have spent every day, every ounce of energy, and every dollar I have ever had, to nurture and grow what I believed to be a special place for special people. I did my best to make Tapino a place where guests could celebrate great food and wine without pretension or apprehension. If you're reading this, then you know..."

He goes on to thank his staff, customers, and various local business organizations and to praise other local chefs who continue to fight the good fight.


A glimmer of good news...according to, Chef Porter will be going ahead with his new project in Old Town Scottsdale (Petite Maison).

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  1. Just received that as well. It hurts to see another good place go. I do wish him well and hope he pops up somewhere local.

    1. Total shock to me too - was just there with a group of friends two weeks ago. Had a great time as always, one of my favorite restaurants. Sad news.

      More details on the closing:

      1. Just an update on James Porter's new French bistro, Petite Maison:

        Grand opening this weekend - Sunday, 8/23 at 5 pm. According to Chef Porter's newsletter "Our menu will change daily and seasonally. It features classic French techniques and fresh local ingredients. You will love the House Made Pate, Mussels with Saffron and White Wine, Vichyssoise, Steak Frites, and our signature dish: Whole Grilled Fish for Two, just to name a few!"

        Serving dinner 7 days a week from 5 pm to 10 pm. There is also a late night menu called "Staff Meal" available to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning Labor Day weekend, they will be open for breakfast and lunch Mon-Friday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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        1. re: Rubee

          Any bets on how "crazy-busy" he's going to be on opening night? :-)

          Congratulations, Chef James!