Wanted: Tenant that stays up late, serves hearty food and doesn’t mind quaint Italian neighbor with lines around the block. Ability to brew own beer a plus.
The Gilbert Town Council approved a request for proposals saying essentially that Tuesday.
The town hopes to turn an old park-and-ride lot in its redeveloping Heritage District into a microbrewery/ restaurant. The site, townowned land on the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue, faces the future home of one of the popular Oregano’s Pizza Bistros.
Gilbert is asking for proposals for a 15,000- to 20,000-square-foot microbrewery and restaurant as a complement to other uses in the district, said economic development director Greg Tilque, in a report to the council.
The microbrewery could be "an establishment that is open a little later to capture the Hale Centre Theatre crowd, a unique business that could generate interest among multiple segments of Gilbert’s population and one that has the potential of drawing in a diverse crowd from outside of Gilbert as well," he said.
A microbrewery downtown would also be a sign of Gilbert’s maturation, said Mayor Steve Berman, adding that some might oppose the project because it would serve alcohol, "but Gilbert’s not a dry town and alcohol’s legal in Arizona."
The town may include other retail uses to fill out the 152,000-square-foot former park-and-ride. The request is scheduled to be officially issued on July 11, and proposals from developers are due by noon on Aug. 24.