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.



MOST RECENT

Photo from inside a movie theater
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Jason Martin
Gilbert Public Schools considers closing Houston Elementary, moving Neely Traditional Academy

The Gilbert Public Schools governing board studied the effects of school changes for the fall that would close one school and move another into its campus.

Marcie Taylor
End-of-year celebrations getting face-lift in Gilbert Public Schools

Desert Ridge and Mesquite high schools, which have held their graduations at Arizona State University’s Wells Fargo Arena in previous years, will have to bring their ceremonies back to their campus stadiums, said Marcie Taylor, secondary education executive director.

Gilbert Public Schools district office
Finances good for now, but Gilbert Public Schools could see $10.22M reduction for next year

Gilbert Public Schools officials presented the governing board March 2 with a healthier revised budget for this fiscal year, but a projection for next year shows a large cut could be looming.

People age 55 and up will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning at noon March 2. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Arizonans 55 and older will be eligible for vaccine appointments beginning March 2

People age 55 and up will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning at noon March 2.

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill
One restaurant now open, one coming in Gilbert

Here are two restaurants open or coming to Gilbert.

See a breakdown of COVID-19 cases, vaccinations and more local data. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19: Gilbert cases up 62 in two days March 2

See a breakdown of COVID-19 cases, vaccinations and more local data.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
COVID-19 vaccination appointments available beginning March 1 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College

COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be available beginning at 9 a.m. March 1 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College—the latest state-run vaccination site.

Denise Lopez
Denise Lopez appointed HD South chief

Denise Lopez replaces Kayla Kolar, who left in 2020 to become the executive director of House of Refuge, as HD South's president and CEO.

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 open in Gilbert; Harbor Freight to open March 6 in Chandler and more February news

Read the latest business and community news from February in Gilbert and Chandler.

Western Canal
Gilbert officials wanted to avoid land acquisitions along Western Canal, staff tells residents

When Gilbert staff first addressed the problem of a deteriorating sewer along the Western Canal, they hoped to avoid using eminent domain to acquire land to fix the problem, staff told residents Feb. 25.