Cracker Barrel coming to Gilbert; wine bar set for Chandler and more top Phoenix-area news

The location's decor will pay homage to the town's history as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World." (Courtesy Cracker Barrel Old Country Store)
The location's decor will pay homage to the town's history as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World." (Courtesy Cracker Barrel Old Country Store)

The location's decor will pay homage to the town's history as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World." (Courtesy Cracker Barrel Old Country Store)

Read the most popular news from the past week in Chandler and Gilbert.

Gilbert

Cracker Barrel sets Feb. 8 opening date in Gilbert

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is slated to open Feb. 8 at 1799 N. Higley Road, Gilbert. Each site of the chain features a gift store and a restaurant, both with a Southern, country theme.

Brigette Peterson sworn in as Gilbert mayor with council members Scott Anderson, Kathy Tilque



Brigette Peterson was sworn in as the 33rd mayor of Gilbert on Jan. 12, ending a nearly yearlong shuffling of the Town Council.

Chandler

Wine bar concept set to occupy former DC Steakhouse location in downtown Chandler

Black Sheep Wine Bar will take over the location formerly belonging to DC Steakhouse in downtown Chandler's historic square.

New Chandler City Council members to take seats Jan. 14

Christine Ellis and OD Harris will take the oath of office Jan. 14, effectively taking their seats on the Chandler City Council.

Arizona to add second vaccination center after successes at State Farm Stadium in Glendale

Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced Jan. 14 the launch of a second vaccination site after the success of the state's first 24/7 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The second location will be at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

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



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The Meeple's Board Game Cafe
The Meeple's Cafe selling its games ahead of closing

The establishment combined food with board game play.

Maricopa County’s election equipment and software passed all tests performed by two independent firms hired to conduct the forensic audit, according to reports by two federally certified Voting System Testing Laboratories. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Maricopa County forensic audit of November election finds no issues with equipment, software

Maricopa County’s election equipment and software passed all tests performed by two independent firms hired to conduct the forensic audit.

Lori Wood
Gilbert Public Schools to start earlier, extend breaks beginning in 2022-23 school year

Final calendars await some modifications before approval, but Gilbert Public Schools will start its school year in July when the calendars take effect.

Farmer Boys
Farmer Boys set to open March 1 at Gilbert's City Gate

The 40-year-old California-based chain purchases its ingredients from local farms and purveyors when possible.

Germann Road is being improved to major arterial standards between Mustang Road and Val Vista Drive. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Left turns off limits from Lindsay to Germann through March 31 in Gilbert

The restriction is part of road work on Germann Road in which the road will be improved to major arterial roadway standards.

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know across Arizona. (Community Impact staff)
Number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Arizona falls below 1,600

Here is what you need to know about hospitalization numbers in Arizona because of COVID-19 cases.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College will serve as a state-run vaccination site beginning March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College to transition to state-run vaccination site

Chandler-Gilbert Community College will serve as a state-run vaccination site beginning March 3.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating with local health departments to immediately allocate an initial $100 million in federal funding intended for staffing, laboratory testing, informatics, disease surveillance and other activities critical to combating COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State provides millions to counties to support more COVID-19 testing

The Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating with local health departments to immediately allocate an initial $100 million in federal funding intended for COVID-19 testing.

As of Feb. 16, 711,675 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have gone into the arms of Maricopa County residents, according to Maricopa County Department of Public Health. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
More than 50% of Maricopa County adults over 75 have received COVID-19 vaccine

As of Feb. 16, 711,675 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have gone into the arms of Maricopa County residents, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express approaches opening in Gilbert

The location is about 2 miles from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store location in Gilbert had standing waits outside when it opened its doors Feb. 15. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cracker Barrel opens in Gilbert; Harbor Freight Tools coming to Chandler and more popular area news

Read popular news from the Chandler and Gilbert areas from the past week.

Extreme weather gripping the rest of the country has left Arizona unscathed, except in that the Arizona Department of Health Services reports that COVID-19 vaccine shipments will be delayed as a result. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
ADHS braces for delays of COVID-19 vaccine as weather wreaks havoc across the country

Extreme weather gripping the rest of the country has left Arizona unscathed, except in that the Arizona Department of Health Services reports that COVID-19 vaccine shipments will be delayed as a result.