Gilbert would still like to attract a brewery to its downtown Heritage District. Or, town officials said, they would like to see something similarly unique and fun for the 30-somethings who continue to make up a large part of the booming town.
“I thought with the age of people living in Gilbert, it offers folks in the area a place to have a date night out,” said Greg Tilque, the town’s director of economic development.
Since Four Peaks Brewery and Chilepistols Mexican Kitchen in May pulled out of their combined bid to build a microbrewery and restaurants at Vaughn Avenue and Gilbert Road, town officials have been preparing a new request for bids from companies seeking to build something special at the site.
Construction costs had risen 35 percent, making it too expensive for Four Peaks to build with a full microbrewery, the developers said.
This time, the town may not specifically name a brewery in its request for bids. But some officials still hope that a brewery, or something as special, will bid for the 4,000-acre site.
“The purpose of the Heritage District is to have businesses that are unique down there,” Tilque said. “And not everybody’s got a microbrewery.”
Owners for both Four Peaks and Chilepistols have said they still want to build in Gilbert, possibly just restaurants without the brewery.
Mary Ellen Fresquez, a member of the town’s redevelopment commission, said it is still possible that Four Peaks and Chilepistols may rebid for the same site — without a microbrewery, but with the same ambience.
“If it’s a similar establishment, it would still be something that would attract all ages,” Fresquez said. “You never know when you go out to bid, what you’ll get back. I’m optimistic it’s still going to happen.”
The commission will meet in coming weeks to approve the request for bids.