Chandler, AZ

Longtime Restaurant Forced to Close By Landlord

Greyson F

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A local favorite restaurant has been forced to close.Tim Mossholder/Unsplash

It is a difficult business to own a restaurant. From finding quality employees to providing exceptional value for their food, it can feel like a constant uphill battle. And yet, even restaurants that manage to navigate the tricky waters of business management can’t account for everything. For one local restaurant, even after more than a decade of business, it wasn’t ready to be blindsided by its landlord.

Gyros Express has been slinging fast casual creek food over at 1900 West Chandler Blvd (#21) in Chandler for almost 15 years. And yet, despite the continued success of the restaurant, which specializes in everything from gyro pitas to Italian beef sandwiches and falafel plate special, the landlord decided to lock them out.

The Andersen Fiesta Shopping Center and its management decided to not re-sign Gyros Express. Instead, the company decided to dramatically increase the rent on the establishment. Most restaurants have seen margins become razor thin over the last two years, and even after making it through the COVID-19 pandemic, increased inflation has made it that much more difficult to keep doors open. Despite all of the curve balls thrown its way, Gyros Express managed to stay afloat. But the business simply could not swing the boosted rent, and as such, was forced to shut down.

Individuals craving their fill of Gyros Express will find the restaurant closed up. As of this moment, the owners of Gyros Express are in the midst of looking for another location, although there is no word yet as to if the owners have found any suitable restaurant spaces at an affordable rental price.

The restaurant had an expansive menu. It offered greek, Cesar, gyro, and falafel salads, baba ganoush and hummus appetizers, plus a host of pitas, such as the gyro pita, chicken gyro, beef souvlaki, and veggie pita.

This is not the first business to be forced to close (either permanently or temporarily) at the Andersen Fiesta Shopping Center. A number of other establishments are currently not serving customers. This includes 85C Bakery Cafe, Diamond Integrity Group, CP Safety & Environmental, and Gen Korean BBQ. These businesses have not yet responded to whether they have been forced to close due to skyrocketing rent as well.

The best way to stay on top of if, or when, Gyros Express finds a new location, is to follow the restaurant on its Facebook page (although this has not been updated in several months).

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