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Epic Restaurants ‘Coming Soon’ to Gilbert

Agritopia, a master-planned community in Gilbert that includes a school, a retirement home, multiple restaurants, and a family farm, has been developer Joe Johnston's life's work. His most recent project, which he's created with his son William Johnston, is Epicenter. Epicenter at Agritopia is a new apartment development with retail and restaurant space that is designed to be the community's town center, an urban setting with all of the amenities within walking distance.The first round of restaurants will debut in late July and August, with more to come in the fall and winter of 2022. The Johnstons hand-picked the restaurants moving in, in many cases offering second locations to some of the Valley's most celebrated spots. Epicenter is located at 3150 East Ray Road. Check out the restaurants that are opening soon in this cutting-edge Gilbert space.


Beer Barn If you're looking for a place that pays tribute to Gilbert and its agricultural roots, you will definitely have to make a stop at the Beer Barn. The 3,000-square-foot space will feature reclaimed barn wood, picnic tables, and farmhouse-style garage doors and serve a menu of wine, cocktails, and beer from local and out-of-state breweries. The opening is getting close, planned for late July or early August 2022.




Belly Kitchen & BarThe dining experience is one you'll remember at Belly Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant's Uptown Phoenix location highlights Vietnamese, Japanese, and Thai specialties including papaya salad, spring rolls, braised jackfruit, and shaking beef. The cocktails have a light, herbaceous flair. The Epicenter location will be the second iteration of Belly, and the doors are scheduled to open in August 2022.



A digital rendering of Epicenter at Agritopia.

A digital rendering of Epicenter at Agritopia. Epicenter at Agritopia

Agritopia, a master-planned community in Gilbert that includes a school, a retirement home, multiple restaurants, and a family farm, has been developer Joe Johnston's life's work. His most recent project, which he's created with his son William Johnston, is Epicenter.

Epicenter at Agritopia is a new apartment development with retail and restaurant space that is designed to be the community's town center, an urban setting with all of the amenities within walking distance.


The first round of restaurants will debut in late July and August, with more to come in the fall and winter of 2022. The Johnstons hand-picked the restaurants moving in, in many cases offering second locations to some of the Valley's most celebrated spots.


Epicenter is located at 3150 East Ray Road. Check out the restaurants that are opening soon in this cutting-edge Gilbert space.



Beer Barn

If you're looking for a place that pays tribute to Gilbert and its agricultural roots, you will definitely have to make a stop at the Beer Barn. The 3,000-square-foot space will feature reclaimed barn wood, picnic tables, and farmhouse-style garage doors and serve a menu of wine, cocktails, and beer from local and out-of-state breweries. The opening is getting close, planned for late July or early August 2022.



Belly Kitchen & Bar

The dining experience is one you'll remember at Belly Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant's Uptown Phoenix location highlights Vietnamese, Japanese, and Thai specialties including papaya salad, spring rolls, braised jackfruit, and shaking beef. The cocktails have a light, herbaceous flair. The Epicenter location will be the second iteration of Belly, and the doors are scheduled to open in August 2022.


Buck & Rider

Camelback Road restaurant Buck and Rider features sushi, steaks, and burgers, as well as handcrafted cocktails like "Your Money or Your Life," a blend of bourbon, Bénédictine, Combier, and orange bitters. The Gilbert location will have plenty of room to welcome guests, as the restaurant space includes a 6,800-square-foot interior dining area with a 4,000-square-foot patio and bar. The restaurant is expected to open sometime in 2023.




Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup

Skillet enchiladas are the name of the game at Gadzooks where you can mix and match sauces and various ingredients to your liking. You can also choose tacos or nachos and top it all off with different cheeses, fillings, and salsas. This customized experience has no shortage of choices. The Epicenter location opening is scheduled for late 2022.


Matt's Big Breakfast The Phoenix breakfast and brunch staple is expanding its reach to Epicenter. Matt's Big Breakfast features favorites like scratch-made waffles, cheese omelets, and a salami scramble. If you're in a rush, you can grab some coffee and pancakes to-go with real Vermont maple syrup. At Epicenter, customers can start lining up this summer.



Peixoto CoffeeThe Peixoto family farm in Brazil boasts over 18 distinct coffee plots and the patrons of Epicenter will get a chance to try those coffee flavors at Peixoto Coffee. The Epicenter location joins the coffee shop's original in downtown Chandler, where seasonal coffee drinks are always a treat. Doors are planned to open in August 2022. Source You may have guessed it, but Source focuses on organic and local ingredients. Mediterranean cuisines will be featured on the menu and diners will have a chance to dine in, order to-go items, as well as shop at the marketplace for ingredients. The doors are scheduled to open in the summer of 2022.





Spinato's Pizzeria and Family Kitchen

Spinato's Pizzeria and Family Kitchen is a mainstay in the Phoenix area. Since 1974, the Spinato family has been serving pizza, pasta, and salads around the Valley. There are more than 40 options to choose from on the menu and there is nothing like family pizza night to end the work week. Doors are scheduled to open in November 2022.



UnderTowIf you want to sip an exotic cocktail and get an experience along with it, UnderTow is exactly what you need. The concept started in the Arcadia area, where the bar was located in a dark basement decked out like the inside of a ship. It has since moved into fellow cocktail bar Century Grand just across the parking lot. Now, those in the East Valley looking for UnderTow's immersive experience will have a shorter drive. Doors to the Epicenter location are set to open in late September or early October 2022. 

-Phoenix New Times July 19, 2022

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