Phoenix, AZ

Long-Time Restaurant Reopening After 2 Year Closure

Greyson F

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A fan favorite restaurant is opening back up in Phoenix.Ajala Kings/Unsplash

Not all restaurants have had the ability to reopen since the forced COVID closures. While many jumped at the opportunity to throw their doors open and welcome customers back in, it wasn’t so easy for others. For one location restaurant here in metro Phoenix, the forced closure has lasted longer than two years, and yet now, after being down for so long, the popular and long-time culinary staple is returning to feed hungry visitors. 

The Breadfruit Restaurant initially moved to downtown Phoenix back in 2008, with its goal of offering locals the ability to enjoy Jamaican and other Caribbean food. Two years later, Rum Bar moved in as well, to provide guests with tropical drinks the region is famous for as well. When this happened, the restaurant renamed itself The Breadfruit & Rum Bar. 

The restaurant ran strong for 12 years until COVID hit and every restaurant was forced to close in March of 2020. Due to the extended downtime and products coming up from the Caribbean proving difficult, if not impossible at best, it was not possible, as was the case for so many other restaurants, to open immediately to serve food to customers. However, while it wasn’t possible to obtain all of the ingredients necessary to continue with the restaurant, the founders were never set on simply folding up shop and calling it quits. They were determined to not let the pandemic claim their business, as it had done for so many other restaurants and businesses throughout metro Phoenix. 

For now, a selection of the original menu is available at Bitter & Twisted, which is located downtown. Bitter & Twisted uses a variety of pop-up restaurants to serve food to guests. However, when Gemini Pizza announced they would be moving out, it left an available space, and so that space was offered to the owners of the Breadfruit Restaurant. 

The Breadfruit Restaurant will serve the selected menu for six months, beginning at the end of September. This additional six-month stay will provide enough time for The Breadfruit Restaurant & Bar to re-open for good. There have simply been several issues with importing specific ingredients and beverages, all of which are important to the Jamaican and Caribbean items on the menu. 

The restaurant owners have managed to maintain the lease of the restaurant over the last two years, and several upgrades are going into the restaurant when it opens, including a new takeout menu. For individuals interested in stopping by Bitter & Twisted to enjoy the select menu, it is located at One West Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix. 

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