Whitestone Welcomes Gabriella’s American Cuisine, and the Migration of Successful CA Restaurateurs to Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch in AZ


HOUSTON, ARIZONA — Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) is pleased to welcome Gabriella’s American Cuisine to Arizona.

With the successful opening in Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch, co-owners Anthony and Anna Barr completed a successful move from San Francisco to join other thriving entrepreneurs in the business-friendly market of Scottsdale, AZ. Prior to their move to Scottsdale, the couple had been operating two of San Francisco Bay Area’s largest and most successful corporate catering and event planning companies, Fork & Spoon Productions and Above & Beyond Catering.

According to a January 2021 study by U-Haul, the state of Arizona ranked in the top 5 states with the highest migration growth. According to the US Census Bureau, Maricopa County, where Scottsdale is located, has consistently been one of the fastest growing counties in the country over the past five years, taking the top spot for three consecutive years from 2017 to 2019.

Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch is an upscale, 118,000 square foot property offering an abundance of service, retail and dining options, located in an affluent neighborhood with a 1-mile radius average household income north of $134,000 and an average home value of over $567,700.

The property is an 18-hour, neighborhood go-to destination with high foot-traffic tenants that include essential pharmacy anchor Walgreens and Planet Fitness Gym. Other dining options available on-site are Eggstacy, Goldie’s, and Voila.

Chairman and CEO Jim Mastandrea commented, “We are pleased to welcome Gabriella’s American Cuisine into the Whitestone family. Adding proven and successful restauranteurs like Anthony and Anna is what our business model is all about, serving our communities by providing the ‘American Dream’ opportunities to entrepreneurs in business-friendly, high growth markets.”

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