“It’s a helluva time to open a restaurant.”

That’s how one Arizona Republic reader responded last year to news of a restaurant opening.

Every month The Republic releases a roundup of restaurants and bars that have opened recently in metro Phoenix. The number varies and we can’t promise we’ll find them all — though one month we did hit a record of 42 openings.

This month’s list highlights Hawaiian barbecue in Glendale, falafel and moussaka in north Phoenix and a bakery’s expansion to Southern comfort food in Scottsdale.

At the time of writing, Arizona’s COVID-19 case and death rates are the worst in the country. Restaurant owners face limited options as they balance public safety with making a living.

Drive-thru, delivery and curbside pickup offer the lowest risk of COVID-19 spread, followed by limited outdoor seating, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Takeout and dine-in services are subject to change. We suggest you check ahead to see what options are available at these new restaurants: