Stop by Bourbon Jacks in Downtown Chandler any night of the week and you’ll instantly be greeted by wall-to-wall jams, great bartenders and a bevy of loyal customers.
But, how did Bourbon Jacks become a staple in Downtown Chandler’s culture? Let’s start at the beginning.
Owner John Radice built a career working as a mason in Chicago, but decided to leave the cold winter behind in pursuit of the warmer temperatures in Arizona. Once settled, he opted to put masonry on hold and pursue his dreaming of becoming a restaurateur.
He began opening restaurant concepts throughout the valley but was still searching for something special. When his family decided to move to the east valley, Radice quickly realized Chandler’s family-friendly atmosphere was just what he had been searching for.
“When I was looking around, places like SanTan Brewery, Murphy’s Law, DC Steakhouse and Serranos were all offering something unique. I took a step back and saw that I could provide live music with a country/rock atmosphere,” he explained. “I have always loved live music, so I knew we had to have that at least a few nights a week. I also wanted something different than a traditional country bar – something with a great energy that attracts a guy like me off the street to come in and say, ‘I’m going to have a good time.”
With a concept in mind, Radice sought out a location in Downtown Chandler. Immediately the 100-year-old building located on West Boston St. with original tin ceilings and brick walls peeking out from behind the stucco caught his eye.
“This place has a lot of character, so we just made a few updates here and there. First, we pulled down all of the stucco and kept the original brick. There’s reclaimed wood on the bar that came from a barn in Pennsylvania, and I met with an artist to restore the Reliable Hardware sign on the wall,” he said.
The name Bourbon Jacks stems from the extensive offerings of bourbon and scotch, which have now crossed over the 200 mark. Radice says having a stellar menu is also what sets them apart from the average bar.
“We are a scratch kitchen with a serious menu, which means we make everything from scratch – no microwaves or frozen dishes. It’s American cuisine with a flavor profile that’s done in a very approachable way.”
As for the live music, Bourbon Jacks in Downtown Chandler now offers live entertainment 7 nights a week:
- Monday – 7 p.m. to close
- Tuesday – Free two step class at 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday – 8:30 p.m. to close
- Thursday – 9 p.m. to close
- Friday and Saturday – 9: 30 p.m. to close
- Sunday – Jelly Jam beginning at 7 p.m., in which local musicians can sign up to jump on stage for a jam session
Happy Hour runs Monday – Friday 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. and brunch is served on the weekends. Click here for a full menuor stop in to experience it for yourself.