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Businesses next to Iron Cask excited for sit-down restaurant in Crossroads

The former Native Grill & Wings, seen here in this file photo taken in June at the Prescott Valley Crossroads Center off of Highway 69 and Sundog Ranch Road, will become the Iron Cask restaurant. It is slated to open in early 2020. (Doug Cook/Courier file)

The former Native Grill & Wings, seen here in this file photo taken in June at the Prescott Valley Crossroads Center off of Highway 69 and Sundog Ranch Road, will become the Iron Cask restaurant. It is slated to open in early 2020. (Doug Cook/Courier file)

In November 2018, Prescott Valley Crossroads developer Phoenix Commercial Advisors produced a map showing at least eight spaces still available in the 1.3-million-square-foot shopping center that straddles both sides of Highway 69 and Sundog Ranch Road.

Fast-forward to November 2019, and although the former Sam’s Club, an anchor store on the center’s east side, hasn’t received a new tenant, the former Native Grill & Wings on the center’s southeast side has.

The Iron Cask restaurant, a fine-dining establishment, has taken over the former Native Grill building and it should open sometime in early January. Iron Cask, a gastropub which will offer a variety of entrees and drinks, is operated by locals Richard and Gretchen Ross with their son, Kyle Ross, serving as executive chef.

Crossroads property listing team members weren’t immediately available this past week for comment regarding the shopping center’s remaining vacant spaces and the new restaurant.

However, a few of the businesses next door to Iron Cask, including clothing stores Maurice’s and rue21, as well as the Sprouts Farmers Market, a natural and organic food grocery, welcome the newcomer.

“Hopefully, it will bring us a little more foot traffic,” said one store manager, who asked not to be named. “Sometimes I feel like we struggle because we’re all the way down here at the end [of the shopping center].”

Celeste Holloman, an assistant manager at rue21 for the past six months, had similar feelings.

“I definitely think getting another restaurant over here will help bring in more business,” she said.

Another manager, who also asked not to be named, said it will be a boon.

“We’re excited,” she said. “Extra traffic – and we need somewhere on this side of town that is something different, rather than the fast food.”

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