Macayo's to close Scottsdale location in August; opening for new Phoenix spot announced

Posted at 2:01 PM, Aug 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 17:18:06-04

Editor's note: This story was updated on Tuesday, August 8 to include updated information on Macayo's Central Phoenix location and the closure of the Scottsdale restaurant.

Macayo's will close its Scottsdale restaurant in less than two weeks.

Ashley Negron, director of marketing and brand management for Macayo's Mexican Restaurants, confirmed in an email to ABC15 that the restaurant near Scottsdale Road and Shea Blvd. would close after business on Saturday, August 19.

The closure also means that the restaurant's "test kitchen" will move to its new restaurant, called Woody's Macayo's, off Central Avenue in Phoenix.

"It was a very tough decision to make, but it is the end of our lease and with the timing of opening our new Central location, we felt it would be best to close..." said Negon is an email sent on Tuesday morning, a day after this story first published.

"Our team is working to realign our brand to thrive in this everchanging [sic] market. We are reinvesting in Woody's Macayo as a smaller model, more popular today."

The Woody's location is named after Woody Johnson who founded Macayo's in 1946.

That location was originally going to be housed in an old automobile repair shop, but has since moved to the building that formerly housed Fez, another Phoenix restaurant, Negron said in an email.


Related: Macayo's releases design of new Phoenix restaurant

It replaces Macayo's 20,000-square-foot location that looked like a Mayan temple, which closed last year and was demolished.

Last year, Macayo's released artist renderings of the new design related to the automobile shop. Now that the shop is moving, it was not immediately clear how, or if, the design changed.

With the closure, Macayo's has 10 restaurants throughout the Valley and two in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Macayo's Scottsdale (closing August 19)
11107 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale AZ 85254

Woody's Macayo's (opening October 2017)
3815 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85012