Vintage 95 Wine Lounge closes its doors; 'Equal Parts' restaurant and bar to move in

Posted at 1:52 PM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-24 16:52:27-04

Vintage 95 Wine Lounge Chandler has closed its doors.

The Chandler restaurant announced the news Monday on its Facebook page.

"As of April 23, 2017 we have permanently closed our doors. We'd like to say thank you to our long time loyal guests and to the city of Chandler for their support over the years," read the post.

Despite the closure, plans have already been in place to bring a new concept to the downtown area.

Julian Wright, owner of Tempe's Pedal Haus Brewery, and Jim Bob and Kelsey Strothers, who own Mesa's Worth Takeaway, have partnered to open a bar and restaurant called Equal Parts.

In a phone interview with ABC15, Wright described Equal Parts as "rustic, Northern Italian." He said the concept will be both restaurant and bar, social dining and traditional setting, and indoor and outdoor dining.

The restaurant will feature a hearth that will burn hardwood and use the heated coals to cook the food.

"It's almost campfire cooking in a restaurant setting," he said.

The menu itself is still being discussed, but Wright said it'll likely feature a variety of meats and vegetables and some pastas.

Wright said he and the Strothers began discussing the concept seriously six months ago and decided on Chandler because it has a good balance between restaurants and bars.

"We like the vibe in Chandler. We love the building and its charm, and its history," he said. 

He hopes to have construction completed and doors open in the fall, possibly September or October.