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With Heavy Hitters Lined Up, Agritopia’s Epicenter Is Set to Be a Main Valley Eating Hub

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Lengthy dwelling to retail and eating choices, Agritopia — the 11-acre natural farm and mixed-use growth in Gilbert — is ready to dramatically develop its culinary footprint later this yr (or early subsequent) by way of a brand new mission known as Epicenter.

What’s coming: Along with including 300 luxurious residence items and quite a lot of native retail tenants, Epicenter has lined up a number of notable Phoenix food and drinks operators to spherical out the event. These embody Matt’s Huge Breakfast, Peixoto Espresso, Gadzooks, Uncooked Natural Juice, Spinato’s Pizzeria, and extra. The total listing of tenants lined updated will be discovered here.

Booze choices: Enterprise companions Justin Evans and Tony Fatica will open a bottle store known as Beer Barn at Epicenter. Evans — who used to stay in Lyon’s Gate, a neighborhood close to Agritopia — already operates a number of well-known beer bars, together with The Sleepy Whale in Chandler, Roosevelt Row’s The Theodore, The Wandering Tortoise in central Phoenix, and The Golden Pineapple in Tempe. He says it has been “particular” to work with Joe Johnston, Agritopia’s founder. “He’s an idol to us,” Evans says. Fatica says the Johnstons (Joe’s son, William, is CEO) gave them “full inventive management” over designing their storefront, “which nearly by no means occurs in a brand new growth,” Fatica says.

One other Epicenter suite will likely be occupied by Jason Asher and the Barter & Shake Artistic Hospitality crew, which is able to open a second location of the favored Tiki bar UnderTow. Asher says he’d been planning to develop the enterprise and needed to present folks exterior of Arcadia simpler entry to the UnderTow expertise. “We’ve been discussing [opening an UnderTow location] with the Johnstons on and off for a number of years,” Asher says. “This appeared like the proper alternative.” The brand new location could have the identical menu, however a unique look from the unique, which is technically no extra after moving into the neighboring Century Grand last fall. (The unique locale is now 36 Beneath within the Sip Espresso & Beer basement).

Stomach up: Stomach Kitchen & Bar — one among the best Valley restaurants to open in 2020 — can even be within the combine. Former Welcome Diner chef Michael Babcock opened Stomach, his first Vietnamese bar and restaurant, late last year with enterprise companions Wayne Coats, Paul Waxman, and Robert Cissell. (The truth is, Stomach will provide dine-in companies for the primary time tomorrow, February 24.) Stomach 2.zero at Agritopia will likely be larger than the Melrose District authentic and have an expanded menu of meals, beer, and wine. “[Epicenter] feels in keeping with the targets that myself and my companions have all the time sought to attain, which is to create an organization with actually cool eating places, in actually cool areas, in actually cool elements of city,” Babcock says. “I really feel nice about it.”

When you may go: Proper now, Epicenter’s opening is focused for later this fall and early 2022. 

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