Gilbert restaurant a finalist in America's Best Restroom Contest

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Gibby Parra

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 9:23 AM

Help Liberty Market win the title!

GILBERT, Ariz. -- It just might be the most important vote you cast before Election Day -- a vote for the best public restroom in America, and a Gilbert restaurant called Liberty Market could be the winner. The decision is in your hands, Arizona.

Liberty Market is one of the 10 finalists the Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom® Contest, which has been going on since 2002.

"The reality is that restrooms matter to the public. ... Cintas is on a mission to locate America’s porcelain pioneers who are taking dramatic steps to create unforgettable facilities," reads the company's website.

3TV's Gibby Parra took us on a quick tour of Liberty Market's powder room.

It features five unisex stalls that not only have unique designs, but also individual playlists to complement the decor.. Yes, there are tunes to add ambiance.

Description on BestRestRoom.com

"This antiquated grocery store has been transformed into an urban bistro that blends retro with recent to create a washroom space that sports a chic, polished style. Each of the five unisex stalls at Liberty Market -- restauranteur Joe Johnston's (of Joe’s Farm Grill) latest brainchild -- reflects a personally inspired design complimented by a coordinating playlist to set the mood in each stall.

"Keeping particulars top secret until the final reveal, and working on a fixed budget, Liberty Market’s four owners and one of the kitchen brigade members designed one stall each to reflect their unique style.

"There's an Italian adventure, complete with photomurals of vineyards, 'Vespa' bikes and the Italian countryside.

Liberty+Market+restroom"With punk rock on the stereo, there is a real men's room featuring bold red walls trimmed by black tiled walls. A single urinal atop floors picturing tattoos and classic automobiles give the space a masculine roadhouse feel.

"With its porcelain wall tiles, kitchen gray floor tiles and white walls, the stall behind door number three most mirrors a master chef’s kitchen. The brushed metal fixtures accent this lavatory and the walls have the expected sharpie writing. Upon closer observation, however, one can see that the writing isn’t the usual mix of phone numbers and off color references, but rather recipes from Liberty Market’s menu. Don't forget to look up or you'll miss the whisks, spatulas and handled strainers hanging from the ceiling."

You have until Oct. 26 to cast your vote.

Other finalists include the Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood, Calif.), Gitane Restaurant (San Francisco), Mie N Yu Restaurant (Washington, DC), Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (Chicago), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Vanity Nightclub (Las Vegas), Da Marino Ristorante Italiano (New York), Buc-ee's (New Braunfels, Texas), and Lane Stadium/Worsham Field at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.).

Liberty Market is located at 230 N. Gilbert Road.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/libertymarket

Twitter: twitter.com/libertymarket

Cintas is a Cincinnati-based company that "designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses."

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