Mesa approves $1.6M property deal to serve up ‘restaurant incubator’

May 17, 2022, 10:45 AM | Updated: 1:20 pm

(Unsplash Photo; Screenshot/Google Maps)...

(Unsplash Photo; Screenshot/Google Maps)

(Unsplash Photo; Screenshot/Google Maps)

PHOENIX – The Mesa City Council moved forward with plans to create a place where chefs and restaurant operators can learn the business.

The council approved a resolution at Monday’s meeting to buy a building at Main Street and MacDonald to be home to the Downtown Restaurant Incubator. The property was purchased for $1.6 million using federal COVID-19 relief funding.

The East Valley city partnered with small-business nonprofit Local First Arizona to manage, program and run the incubator of potentially five to seven restaurants, a Mesa official told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Jeff McVay of the city managers office said the site would have a space for a large commercial kitchen and commissary, classrooms/meeting area, offices and a food hall open to the public.

“Priority will be given to applicants whose restaurant or food business was negatively impacted by COVID-19,” McVay added.

McVay and Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona presented the idea to the council in November.

He also said at the meeting the project addressed the pandemic’s impact on small businesses and made funding from the American Rescue Plan Act available for use.

The building, which is next door to the Nile Theater, has been vacant since Catholics Books and Gifts closed more than five years ago.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Ring doorbell outside front door of home...

Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Here’s a guide on how to adapt to smart technology for seniors

In this week's article, we will look at some ways we can approach smart technology and how it can expand our world as we age.

9 minutes ago

Breeze Airways is adding a season route between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and San Be...

Breeze Airways announces nonstop service from Phoenix to San Bernardino

Breeze Airways is adding nonstop seasonal service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to San Bernardino, California.

1 hour ago

side by side of patrol car and Preston Lord...

SuElen Rivera

Queen Creek Police explain why no arrest yet made in Preston Lord’s death

A month after 16-year-old Preston Lord was fatally assaulted in Queen Creek, police said they are making progress on the investigation.

2 hours ago

The rural community of Rio Verde Foothills has a long-term water solution after a standpipe was app...

Danny Shapiro

Standpipe for Rio Verde Foothills water service approved, providing long-term solution

The rural community of Rio Verde Foothills has a long-term water solution after a standpipe was approved Wednesday.

3 hours ago


KTAR Video

Video: Reaction to Lori Vallow Daybell being booked into Phoenix jail after extradition from Idaho

Lori Vallow Daybell, known as the “Doomsday Mom,” was booked into a Phoenix jail Thursday morning after extradition from Idaho. Mike Broomhead reacts.

3 hours ago

A winter weather system is expected to bring widespread rain to the Phoenix area Thursday night, No...

Kevin Stone

Weather system expected to bring rain to Phoenix area, snow to northern Arizona

A winter weather system is expected to bring widespread rain to the Phoenix area starting Thursday night and the largest snowstorm of the season to northern Arizona.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(KTAR News Graphic)...

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.


Dierdre Woodruff

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.



Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.

Mesa approves $1.6M property deal to serve up ‘restaurant incubator’