Cracker Barrel to open in Gilbert and more: Phoenix-area business updates from January

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 business news from Gilbert and Chandler from January.

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.

The Porch: A Neighborhood Joint has opened in Gilbert's Heritage District



The Porch: A Neighborhood Joint opened Jan. 4 in the Heritage District at 312 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. The restaurant and bar also has locations in Arcadia and Tempe and serves appetizers, tacos, bowls, burgers, salads, sweets and drinks.

Top Cup Coffee has opened in Gilbert

Top Cup Coffee opened Dec. 9 at 7115 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert. It offers gourmet coffee in a relaxed setting.

Twisted Sugar has opened second Gilbert location

Twisted Sugar opened a second Gilbert location Nov. 6 at 1440 S. Higley Road, Ste. 104, Gilbert. The cookie bakery offers 20 flavors fresh daily and as well as more than 100 specialty soda options and ice cream smoothies.

Two Asian cuisine restaurants have opened in Gilbert

Here are two restaurants that have opened in Gilbert recently and serve different kinds of Asian cuisine.

Nico Heirloom Kitchen rebrands as Copper 48 gastropub in Gilbert

Nico Heirloom Kitchen reopened as Copper 48 restaurant Jan. 1 at 366 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. The new concept is for a gastropub with broader appeal and a more eclectic wine list with the same craft cocktails and niche craft beers.

Panda Libre in Gilbert changes name to Kung Pow Restaurant

The restaurant formerly known as Panda Libre at 748 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, changed its name and concept Dec. 18 to Kung Pow Restaurant. A trademark infringement suit was brought against Panda Libre by a national Chinese restaurant chain.

Culver's opens location in Gilbert

A new Culver’s location opened Dec. 7 at 3610 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert. The fast-food chain specializes in frozen custard and its signature burgers, among other items.

Chandler

Here are four businesses that have recently opened in Chandler

El Pacifico Chandler opened in November. The restaurant and bar serves seafood, Mexican favorites such as tacos and burritos, and a variety of ceviche and cocktails.

Laser Components Detector Group moves into new Chandler space

Laser Components Detector Group has moved into its new, significantly larger space in Chandler, according to a news release from the city.

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.

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



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Here are two salons that have opened or changed locations recently in Gilbert. (Courtesy Madison Reed)
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