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Food hall planned for downtown Chandler

A corner lot that’s sat empty for more than a decade is expected to be home to a new dining concept in downtown Chandler.

Kim Moyers, Chandler’s cultural development director, says the proposal fits the city’s vision for its growing downtown, "It’ll have a central bar location but six to twelve restaurants that’s surrounding it. And these are going to be very small restaurants, so when you think of start-ups or small concepts."

She said it will have an open concept so people can choose their restaurant of choice and meet in the middle to eat together. The two-story project is planned on less than half an acre at the southwestern corner of Chicago and Oregon streets.

The City Council has approved the initial proposal from JEMBJACD, LLC, but it must go through a rezoning process before construction can start next year. 

In a prepared statement, Jeremy McClymonds with JEMBJACD said, “It will not be specifically a sports bar, but a welcoming gathering spot with wall-to-wall televisions broadcasting every sport, every day. Our venue will also be an entertainment hub, offering live music and engaging entertainment multiple times a week. It will be a captivating destination where remarkable culinary experiences, entertainment, and community engagement intersect in perfect harmony.”

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.