Jolie’s Place in Chandler was denied reopening by the Arizona Department of Health Services. (Alexa D’Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read some of the past week’s top stories from Gilbert and Chandler.

‘We just want to do exactly what they are doing’: Why Jolie’s Place remains closed due to pandemic

Jolie’s Place has been a staple in the Chandler community since opening more than eight years ago. However, owner Jolie Grant said she has faced roadblock after roadblock since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Chandler USD governing board member David Evans withdraws from election after challenger questions petition signatures

Chandler USD governing board member David Evans withdrew from the school board race in late July after a challenger questioned the validity of the voter registration of some of the people who signed Evans’ petition—including Evans’ own registration, according to comments from Evans and documentation shared with Community Impact Newspaper.


• Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival postponed until March • State metrics indicate Maricopa County bars, gyms, theaters, water parks can reopen in limited capacity • Nonprofits see more need, fewer resources in pandemic • Officials hopeful for Chandler’s economic rebound • Widening of Loop 101 through Chandler now complete, ADOT says

Culver’s under construction in Gilbert

Culver’s is opening its first Gilbert location at 3610 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert. Franchise owner Brian Farrel said he anticipates it will open in early December if it stays on schedule with construction. The restaurant chain is known for its frozen custard, butter burgers and cheese curds.

Widening of Loop 101 through Chandler now complete, ADOT says

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Aug. 26 that the yearlong effort to widen a stretch of Loop 101 through Chandler was complete.

Chandler City Council approves election results; new members to take seats Jan. 14

Chandler City Council approved the Aug. 4 election results that will have two newcomers—Christine Ellis and OD Harris—take seats on the council with returning incumbent Mark Stewart on Jan. 14.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.

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