Upcoming opening of new Gilbert restaurants and bars: Burgers, macaroons, etc.

In the coming months, Gilbert should welcome several new restaurants, bars and a macaroon bakery. Some of these restaurants will open as part of two different developments: Epicenter at Agritopia, which includes 320 luxury apartments and approximately 50,000 square feet of retail space; and Verde in Cooley Station, which is a 23-acre mixed development concept. And fans of a veteran-owned bar with Mesa roots will celebrate its expansion into a new production facility with Mayor Brigette Peterson is present.

Here’s a sneak peek at a cider house, burger restaurant, Tiki bar and other new foodie destinations coming soon to Gilbert.

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Cider Corps co-owners and brothers Jason and Josh Duren inspired the dining room decor after Jason's military background.

Cider Corps will join the Gilbert community with its second tasting room on Friday, July 29, featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony and $4 ciders on tap. The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. Food will be available at chef Adam Allison’s Brightside Burgers food truck. Decor and hours reflect Mesa’s original dining room with nods to co-owner Jason Duren’s military background with lights made from helmets and a mural showing a purple heart turned into a flower.

The complex includes a 14,000 square foot production facility and reception hall.

Details: 685 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert.

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Decadent macaron owner Stephanie Wagner was on a mission to create the perfect macaron

Stephanie and Josh Wagner aim to open their second macaron shop at Gilbert’s Verde in Cooley Station in October. Decadent Macaron offers both regular and playful macarons — like unicorns, avocados, Yodas, and cacti — in 40 flavors. Flavors include lavender, rose, prickly pear, salted caramel and churro.

Other places to find decadent macaroons include Palette Collective Coffee & Co-Retail in Chandler, Provision Coffee in Phoenix, Sweetz Cold Brew Coffee Co. in Gilbert, and Snowtime in Chandler.

Details: 3975 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert.

Cooking & Crafts

The owners of this restaurant and gastropub, which started in Scottsdale and recently opened on the High Street, plan to open a third location as part of Verde in Cooley Station. The menu is full of burgers, vegan and vegetarian options, and locally made beers and coffees. An exact opening date is not available at this time.

Details: 3975 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert.

Epicenter in Agritopia

Epicenter, Developed by William and Joe Johnston, Epicenter will include several fun restaurants and bars such as Undertow with Tiki-inspired cocktails, Belly with Southeast Asian cuisine, and Matt’s Big Breakfast. It is scheduled to open this summer.

Details: 3150 E. Ray Road, Gilbert.

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