Check out August coverage of Chandler and Gilbert businesses

Modern Allo is now open in Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Modern Allo is now open in Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Modern Allo is now open in Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read select business and dining news from August reporting in Chandler and Gilbert.

Chandler

Coffee shop, child care business Modern Allo opens in Chandler


Modern Allo opened July 27 in Chandler. The business is a coffee, self-care and child care one-stop shop. With a workspace, a conference room and a supervised area for child care, the business boasts a place for parents to have a chance to get work done while children are being cared for.

Sweeties Candy brings generations together with sweet treats



Mike Manzo started working at Sweeties Candy back in Cleveland as a kid. The shop was family-owned, and Tom, who ran the old-fashioned candy emporium, would go on to become Manzo’s father-in-law.

Manzo married Tom’s daughter, and the couple decided after a rough Ohio winter to move to Arizona. They started Sweeties Candy in Chandler.

West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse blends Southern tastes and hospitality

Christian Brantley said his family started West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse in Chandler on a whim.

The family had come to Arizona from Jackson, Tennessee—where they began the first West Alley BBQ location—to visit a family member when they heard about Chandler’s annual BBQ and Beer Festival.

Gilbert

Tacos Tijuana Taqueria coming to Gilbert in late August

Tacos Tijuana Taqueria anticipates opening a location in late August at 51 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert. The restaurant serves street tacos on homemade tortillas.

Culver's under construction in Gilbert

Culver’s is opening its first Gilbert location at 3610 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert. Franchise owner Brian Farrel said he anticipates it will open in early December if it stays on schedule with construction. The restaurant chain is known for its frozen custard, butter burgers and cheese curds.

I Heart Mac & Cheese coming to Gilbert at location to be determined

I Heart Mac & Cheese announced Aug. 11 it will open three franchise locations in Arizona, including one in Gilbert. A site in the town has not been selected yet, according to the company, but it anticipates opening in spring 2021. The fast-casual restaurant specializes in build-your-own macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Barro's Pizza relocates to SanTan Village Marketplace

Barros Pizza moved its location at 1431 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, to 2571 S. Market St., Gilbert, in the SanTan Village Marketplace on May 20. It assumed the lease of a Ruby Tuesday there. The family-owned pizza restaurant has more than 40 locations in the Valley and also serves wings, salads, sandwiches, pastas, gluten-free pizzas, dessert, beer and wine.

Flancer's restaurant celebrating 20 years in Gilbert

Flancer’s had its 20th anniversary in April at 610 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, but because of the pandemic, it has been celebrating the occasion during the summer. The restaurant serves, pizza, burgers and sandwiches on homemade bread in a decor featuring rock album covers on the walls.

Union Grill & Tap serves familiar bar food with an Arizona twist

Lee Malin may be from London, but he attests the American dream is alive and well.

Malin knows it first hand, having come to the U.S. as lead singer of a band, Score. After music did not work out, Malin worked up from a dishwasher in California to general manager of Union Grill & Tap in Gilbert.

Midnight Taco opens a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Gilbert

Midnight Taco opened a second location May 7 at 1395 E. Warner Road, Ste. 100, Gilbert. The Heritage District taco stand offers late night service, but this brick-and-mortar location opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday and closes at 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. It has carne asada, pollo asado or al pastor street tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

The city of Chandler headquarters is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
City of Chandler begins diversity, equity and inclusion assessment

The city of Chandler is embarking on its diversity, equity and inclusion assessment in December, according to a news release from the city. The project, coordinated by Sacramento-based CPS HR Consulting and the city's DEI division, will take about six months. 

Alta Boulders opened Dec. 3 in Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Alta Boulders opens in Chandler

A new indoor rock climbing facility opened in Chandler.

Stryker’s multimillion-dollar investment at its new site is estimated to bring more than 280 new jobs to Arizona over the next few years. These new positions include production associates, engineers and technicians, according to the release.(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Stryker leases Chandler space for manufacturing

Stryker, a medical technology company, leased a new 104,000-square-foot manufacturing building in West Chandler, according to a news release from the city of Chandler. 

By the Bucket is preparing for a soft opening that it is seeking to have Dec. 1. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The city of Chandler held its mock election throughout November and tabulated the results of Dec. 1. The mock election was held to test blockchain technology via mobile voting.  (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Chandler sees results from mobile voting mock election

The city of Chandler held its mock election throughout November and tabulated the results of Dec. 1. The mock election was held to test blockchain technology via mobile voting. 

High Tide at The Steelyard opened Nov. 16. (Courtesy High Tide)
High Tide opens Chandler location at The Steelyard development

A new restaurant opened at The Steelyard in Chandler.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos plans to open Santan Mountain Casino in the next 18-24 months, company officials said. Future plans for the area include a hotel. (Rendering courtesy Gila River Hotels & Casinos)
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Gavel, law books
Gilbert moves to dismiss lawsuit asking courts to throw out bond election results

The town of Gilbert asked Maricopa County Superior Court on Nov. 29 to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged the town’s $515 million streets, transportation and infrastructure bond election.

The day rate for substitute teachers is increasing in the Kyrene School District. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Kyrene School District increases day rate for substitute teachers with COVID-19 relief dollars

The Kyrene School District will now offer substitute teachers $175 per day—up from $115 a day, according to a news release from the district.

Chandler will celebrate the lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree on Dec. 4, according to a news release from the city of Chandler. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
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Chandler will celebrate the lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree on Dec. 4.

Sugarland, an interactive display of holiday decorations presented by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is open to visitors through Jan. 2. (Courtesy Downtown Chandler Community Partnership)
Interactive holiday display now up in downtown Chandler

Sugarland, an interactive display of holiday decorations presented by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is open to visitors through Jan. 2.

Duck Donuts offers made-to-order sweet treats

Duck Donuts set up shop in Chandler in December 2019.