The Wayward Is Opening Soon Inside the Former ThirdSpace on Grand Avenue – Phoenix New Times

Posted in Tattoo Shop on Sep 23, 2020

A new craft beer and wine bar called The Wayward will open this fall on Grand Avenue. It'll be located at 1028 Grand, in the building formerly occupied by ThirdSpace, therestaurant and bar that catered to local music and art and closed last year.

The Wayward is the brainchild of Tyler Goolie and Hilda Cardenas. Both spent about five years working behind the bar at Wren House, honing their skills and dreaming big.

A couple of years ago we decided we wanted to do our own thing, Goolie says. We actually looked at some other Grand Avenue spaces about a year before ThirdSpace closed.

The Wayward's building still has a beautiful red brick wall.

Hilda Cardenas

Theyre hoping to open The Wayward in late October, assuming all goes well with city inspections and permits in the coming weeks. At this point, they dont have a firm opening date.

The duo signed a five-year lease about a year ago, then got started on interior renovations. Theyve kept the red brick wall where works by local artists used to hang. They say they plan to bring more local art into the space. Theyve already installed two chandeliers by Mike Butzine, whose Snood City Neon shop is located nearby.

We wanted to create a warm atmosphere that feels like home, Cardenassays. Its a nearly 100-year-old building so we wanted to keep the character by exposing the old trusses and using some of the old wood to build the bar.

Theyre focusing on local beers and wines for the menu, which will include 16 beers on tap. Theyll also have a retail fridge. They wont be serving food. Instead, theyll let customers bring in food and arrange for food trucks to set up nearby.

The Wayward includes about 1,300 square feet of interior space, with room for about 45 customers. For now, theyll only operate at 25 percent capacity due to COVID-19.

Getting the bar ready inside The Wayward on Grand Avenue.

Hilda Cardenas

Property ownerRudy Jaime, who also operates the neighboring Electrik Needle tattoo shop, recently built a small concrete stage on the patio, though it's still a work in progress. Ultimately, theyd like to set up some picnic tables and add canopies to the small tables-and-chair sets dotting the patio. They also hope to present music, comedy, or other live performances.

For now, the patio is separated from the street by a temporary orange barrier. But Goolie says the property owner is talking about eventually adding a wall there. The patio will likely seat 60 once completed.

The patio area is still a work in progress.

Lynn Trible

Goolie and Cardenas are working now on finalizing a logo, as well as their business hours which will probably run from 1 p.m. to midnight on weekdays, and till 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The pair chose the name The Wayward a while back, inspired in part by the fact that they both like to do things a little differently. Its an added bonus, they say, that they landed on a diagonal street in a town thats primarily a grid.

We dont do things the normal way, says Cardenas. Our personalities are kind of out there. They hope to prove that soon.

Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts

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