Cocktails and tapas restaurant, The Brickyard, aims to be downtown’s go-to dining spot

The Brickyard co-owner, Gavin Jacobs, said he hopes the restaurant is a place where people gather and relax. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Brickyard co-owner, Gavin Jacobs, said he hopes the restaurant is a place where people gather and relax. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Brickyard co-owner, Gavin Jacobs, said he hopes the restaurant is a place where people gather and relax. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gavin Jacobs said he wanted to create something that had never been done before. He said he traveled across the country to look at restaurants to find what sparked his passion. In 2016, he and Jackie and Elliot Hall opened The Brickyard in Chandler.

“The Brickyard, you know, I want it to be Chandler’s ‘Cheers,’” Jacobs said.

The Brickyard is a craft cocktails and tapas joint located inside a building that was originally built around 1920. When Jacobs did the first walk-through of The Brickyard, he saw the potential to blend architecture and the style of restaurant he wanted in the perfect space despite the original walls and ceiling being covered by drywall and paint.

“Everything about these buildings is the history,” Jacobs said. “This building has a feeling by itself, so if you can uncover that and express it—that’s all it needs. So I uncovered it, and that’s what gave me the name The Brickyard.”

The restaurant is small both in size and in staff, but Jacobs said that is how the business is able to make the magic happen. Jacobs and the staff, including Executive Chef Aaron Rickel, chef de cuisine Sam Sun and the restaurant’s mixologists, pay utmost attention to every detail in the building.


“We want it to be special here, and ever since day one, we push ourselves as hard as we can go when it comes to our cocktails and our cocktail books when we’re developing new themes, glassware, presentation, garnishes,” Jacobs said. “Same with food. Everything’s hands-on; everything’s made fresh daily.”

Menu items include sharing plates such as beef tartare, sliders, diver scallops, filet mignon and more. Craft cocktails rotate and usually follow a theme of some sort. Both menus change a couple times a year, and Jacobs said the changes are welcomed by staff and patrons.

“It’s like a new restaurant every 14 to 16 weeks,” Jacobs said.

And while Jacobs is proud of the menus and the food and drinks they offer, it is the atmosphere radiating off the walls in The Brickyard that he said makes the eatery most special.
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