Kyle Walters said he did not expect when he opened a restaurant in the “perfect spot” in Chandler that its first year and a half in business would turn out the way it has.
The Parlay Kitchen & Cocktails opened in Chandler in August 2019 in Chandler’s Price Corridor—home to hundreds of jobs and very few restaurants. Walters said as the business inched closer to its one-year anniversary, it was just hitting its stride. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck in the spring and forced restaurants and businesses across the Valley to adapt to a new reality.
“We were headed into peak season in the spring when the pandemic started,” Walters said. “We got the rug pulled out from under us.”
The craft kitchen and cocktail restaurant did the only thing its owners could do: It closed for a few days, figured out a game plan and then got to work. The Parlay began offering delivery and to-go menu items, and the business kept its dining room open to the extent it was allowed under Gov. Doug Ducey’s orders.
“The support was phenomenal from the community,” Walters said. “Everyone stepped up and helped keep orders going. It was nice to keep business coming in while we worked our butts off.”
The restaurant offers an array of menu items, including salads, burgers, sandwiches, salmon, steak, pasta and other dishes. The restaurant also boasts 12 signature cocktails, which Walters said are always made with the freshest ingredients and never made from pre-made mixes.
Walters said The Parlay prioritizes its food and drink quality and atmosphere to keep happy customers coming back for more.
“We have quality food, quality atmosphere and quality people,” Walters said. “When you choose to go out and eat at a place, you want to go out and be taken care of. I try to make sure that our staff spoils the heck out of everybody. Everyone should be treated like it’s their night to shine and be spoiled.”