GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A brand-new roof-top restaurant in downtown Gilbert now has an opening date. Modern Cocktail Kitchen will open to the public on Dec. 29 and will be located above Da'Bayou Creole Kitchen at 313 N. Gilbert Road, next to Whiskey Row. The term "Ilegal" translates to "Illegal" in English. The theme of the concept is “Let’s do something Ilegal.” 

Ilegal Modern Cocktail Kitchen

The concept is the vision of Erika Rode, the owner and founder of Bitters Bar in Scottsdale and and Lynne King Smith, founder of Ticket Force and principal of Building 313— the location of Modern Cocktail Kitchen will feature Arizona-inspired food, items you could find across the state.

Rode told Arizona's Family that the food and beverage menu will feature ingredients from Arizona such as agave, cactus and prickly pear. 

She said the restaurant will give guests an experience they have not seen anywhere else with hemp-inspired cocktails. One planned cocktail is called The Smoking Gun, which is a mezcal-based cocktail that incorporates activated charcoal, citrus fruit and amaro, alongside a citrus smoke-filled bubble.

Ilegal Modern Cocktail Kitchen

The restaurant will have a great view of the Gilbert water tower, looking towards the west and south. Guests can sit inside or outside the restaurant. There will be a bar and plenty of seating outside so customers can experience a roof-top bar atmosphere. 

Rode has always been interested in opening a concept in Gilbert. In fact, she looked at opening a restaurant in 2016 but it did not work out. 

Ilegal Modern Cocktail Kitchen was planning to open in early 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis.


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