Downtown Chandler continues to evolve with new projects, businesses

Posted by John Wolfe on 4th Jun 2019


It's been a while since we shared an update on all of the changes happening in Downtown Chandler, so here's a brief review.

* Craft 64 is the new restaurant in the former La Stalla space on Buffalo Street, across from the Crowne Plaza San Marcos resort.

It is the second Craft 64, to go with one next to the Valley Ho in Scottsdale. "64" is the number of ounces in a growler.

It celebrates Arizona craft beers and woodfired pizza. They make eight beers themselves and have 30 on draft, according to co-owner Roger Carpenter.

They make mozzarella freshly in house daily and use organic produce in 10 types of 12-inch pizzas.

The menu includes salads, a cheese board, bruschetta, and sandwiches, plus desserts.

Craft 64 will soon feature a patio in front and an extensive shaded patio in back.

The building was originally the Chandler post office and a number of photos inside show that history.

* San Tan Brewing Co. is creating a cocktail bar on the western portion of their building at San Marcos Place and Commonwealth Avenue.

The Spirit House tasting room will showcase San Tan's cocktails and spirits. It is expected to be open by the end of July.

* Just to the west of San Tan and Sandoval Design & Marketing is the Hidden House project.

Hidden House is an interesting concept from Gavin Jacobs and Elliot Hall, creators of The Brickyard on Boston Street. It will have an upscale dining experience in the front home-like building, and a more casual drinks and dining option in the back.

The spaces also allow for activities and special events.

It is expected to be open by July.

* Two new tenants for the Overstreet development featuring Flix Brewhouse at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard have been announced.

Joining breakfast/venue Over Easy will be Truland Burger & Greens, a Tucson company, and the Screamery ice-cream shop. The Screamery hopes to open by the beginning of September while the others will probably open in November.

The second floor of Overstreet will soon become the Arizona headquarters for Revint Solutions.

Overstreet now includes surface parking along Chandler Boulevard, just north of the Overstreet parking garage.

* LGE, developer of Overstreet, has also reached an agreement to develop the lot across Arizona Avenue for an entertainment complex. It is unclear if the project will incorporate the existing Jack in the Box restaurant adjacent to the parcel.

No timeline has been announced.

* The former location of La Bocca Urban Kitchen and Modern Margarita, closed by fire in November 2017, has a new tenant lined up, Mayor Kevin Hartke announced at the Downtown Chandler awards event in May.

The Tipsy Egg, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, is expected to fill the space at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Boston Street. Another restaurant, Uncommon, is lined up for the former Brunchies space next door on Boston Street.

* Work continues on the New Square project across from the city hall.

The frame of the three-story office building, to be the Arizona headquarters of Great Western Bank, is in place. The first floor of that structure will include a larger DC Steakhouse with private room and extended patio.

It is expected to be completed by the end of the year, along with the one-story retail/restaurant building just to the south of Peixote Coffee.

The Hilton Garden Inn hotel, being built on the western edge of the parcel, south of Las Palmas Cantina, is expected to be open by March 2020.

Work is continuing at a rapid pace on the new 900-space parking garage on Oregon Street, across from the hotel.

It should be open by December.

* As part of the New Square impact, the city began a reconstruction of the Arizona Avenue/Chicago Street intersection in May. The project will add a traffic signal and turning lanes and is expected to be completed by August.


* On the east side of downtown, at Chicago and Washington streets, the Civic Market gathering space has opened next to the Quarthaus bar.

Civic Market features grab-and-go items, sandwiches, tea and coffee, and has a pizza operation that also serves the evening crowd at the Quarthaus.


* Finally, there is a new bar at the corner of Frye Road and Arizona Avenue, the Sleepy Whale. It complements its menu of drinks with various food vendors.

Just to its south will be a new restaurant, Gadzooks. No date is known for its opening.