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Las Palmas Cantina in downtown Chandler to close; new concept on the way

Las Palmas Cantina
Posted at 4:10 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 19:13:21-05

CHANDLER, AZ — Update (Dec. 19, 2019): On Thursday, Julian Wright announced that Pedal Haus would open a location in downtown Chandler and, eventually, in downtown Phoenix. The Chandler location will take over the space occupied by Las Palmas Cantina, which is set to close on New Year's Eve. Pedal Haus is expected to open in February. What we know.

Las Palmas Cantina in downtown Chandler will close at the end of the year.

Owner Julian Wright confirmed the closure to ABC15 and said that he plans to open another concept in its place, but declined to release any specific details on those plans. He said an announcement about Las Palmas Cantina's replacement would likely be made in January.

As for the closure, Wright said the Las Palmas concept just didn't resonate as much as he had hoped it would. It opened less than two years ago on the corner of Boston and Orange streets in the former "Vintage 95 Wine Lounge" space.

The restaurant was slated to close over the summer. At the time, Wright, who also founded Pedal Haus Brewery in Tempe, intended to launch a new concept, called Chandler Yacht Club, there, but the closure never happened.

Wright said he plans to throw a "drink the bar dry" party on New Year's Eve.

"I hope to see as many regulars and friends mainly to sort of celebrate the last day of Las Palmas, despite the fact that the concept hasn't quite resonated in Chandler as we'd hoped," he said.

Downtown Chandler is in the midst of big development. Quite a few new restaurants, bars, and dessert spots have opened in recent months, including The Hidden House, The Sleepy Whale, Spirit house, The Screamery, Over Easy, and most recently, Cheba Hut.

And more are set to open soon. Gadzooks is under construction near The Sleepy Whale and expects to open in January. Tipsy Egg, a breakfast concept, and The Uncommon, an arcade and bar, are anticipated to open in February on the corner of Boston Street and Arizona Avenue.

The "New Square Chandler" development is under construction across from City Hall and will be home to a 110-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel, DC Steakhouse (relocating from downtown Chandler), Great Western Bank, and WellSky.