San Diego-Based Legal Restaurants Shutters Its $4Million Phoenix Restaurant After Less Than A Month In Business

January 5, 2020

San Diego-based Legal Restaurants, which assisted with the opening of numerous restaurants including Fireside By The Patio and the company's own The Florence in Sabre Springs, closed its first out of town restaurant, the $4 million Condesa in Phoenix, after less than a month in business.

Founded by San Diego chef Antonio Friscia, Legal Restaurants started as a consulting company in 2016 and first assisted the now-under-investigation The Patio Group in the opening of Fireside By The Patio, which shuttered after close of business last fall. After consulting for various restaurant projects - including The Patio's now-defunct Bao BeachNomad Donuts, and Wokou Ramen - Legal Restaurants opened their first eatery The Florence in Poway's Sabre Springs this past March. The company is also rumored to be in the process of opening a whole-animal butchery, wagyu beef-focused restaurant and cocktail bar concept in downtown San Diego. In addition to Friscia, Legal Restaurants also boasts Chef Fern Tran as its culinary director and Executive Chef Ricardo Heredia, a former World Food Champion who returned to America's Finest City from Las Vegas earlier last year.

Legal Restaurants opened its first project outside of San Diego, Condesa, on December 2 on the base floor of the Renaissance Square office buildings in Phoenix, AZ. The 16,000 square-foot restaurant reportedly received a $4 million renovation before partially opening (its cafe and grab-and-go sections were operational but the eatery allegedly never launched its full service dining component), but the restaurant suddenly closed early last week due to a claimed landlord dispute.

"We are saddened to announce that we were forced to close the doors of Condesa due to a landlord dispute," said Legal Restaurants Chief Development Officer Nick Sanderson in a statement released to ABC15 Arizona. "We are unsure at this time of any re-opening, but myself and the Legal Restaurants team looks forward to potentially coming back to the Phoenix market in the future."

We reached out to Nick Sanderson and Chef Antonio Friscia for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publishing. For more information on Legal Restaurants, visit