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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt

Restaurant Opening: Thirsty Lion

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is expanding its footprint with a new location in the heart of the Southeast Valley at PRIMEGATE, the flagship component of the 25-acre, award-winning Chandler Viridian. The popular gastropub will be located at 3077 W. Frye Rd in Chandler with a grand opening taking place on February 18, 2020. This will be the fifth Arizona location for Thirsty Lion.

“We are thrilled to expand the Thirsty Lion brand in Arizona with our new location at Chandler Viridian,” said John Plew, Owner of Thirsty Lion. “Chandler is a thriving area with strong businesses, services and community around it. We look forward to connecting with residents and sharing our elevated flavors and creative cocktail program with the neighborhood.”

The 7,633-square-foot restaurant will boast a spacious dining room and ample seating offering guests a comfortable and unique gathering place. The interior includes a modern and unique design with a full-service bar as the centerpiece of the space highlighting Thirsty Lion’s impressive bar selection. Flat screen TVs throughout the restaurant and elegant fire pits on the patio complete the restaurant’s elevated feel of a traditional gastropub.

Thirsty Lion serves a signature menu comprised of eclectic cuisines, with an emphasis on local ingredients and bold flavors. The “seasonal fresh sheets” focus on featuring unique ingredients based on the time of year, including fresh seafood, quality meats and local produce. The bar will feature a large selection of craft beers on tap, many of which are local to the Valley. The gastropub also features unique craft cocktails that utilize combinations of fresh fruit purees, juices and premium liquors, as well as at least 20 different wines by the glass.

Thirsty Lion is among the nation’s Top 50 Emerging Restaurant chains and is ranked nationally in the Top 12 Most Successful Emerging Restaurants. Since opening in fall of 2011, Thirsty Lion’s Arizona restaurants have quickly become one of the company’s most successful locations, which include ten existing restaurants across Oregon, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. The brand’s growing presence in the Valley lead to the transition of Thirsty Lion’s corporate office to Arizona. The Scottsdale location is also the company’s corporate test kitchen where the executive chef team develops the scratch-made dishes incorporated into the menu featured at all locations.

PRIMEGATE is the 24,000-square-foot distinctive restaurant and retail component of the 25-acre Chandler Viridian. With a prime location, Thirsty Lion will complete the leasing for a project that features luxury office, residential space, and business space all in a fully integrated campus with attractive architecture, wellness trails, fountains and a dog park.  Thirsty Lion will join Panera, The Sicilian Butcher, and Charles Schwab. Notable neighboring tenants include Nordstrom, Apple, Microsoft, Lululemon, Harkins Fashion 20 Theatres, Crayola Experience and Costco.

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