A dynamic husband/wife partnership and run the day-to-day. Chef David Traina, previously of Delux & Cafe Terra Cotta
Joe is a widely recognized East Valley restauranteur (Joe’s BBQ, Joe’s Farm Grill, Coffee Plantation
Liberty Market is an unpretentious urban bistro, located in the heart of Old Town Gilbert. The restaurant itself was opened in 2009 by partners Joe & Cindy Johnston and David & Kiersten Traina, quickly becoming a popular eating & meeting place in the East Valley. The building itself has been in existence since the early 1930’s serving Gilbert as a grocery store. Ben Ong, a Chinese immigrant, began working at the store in 1936 and then purchased the store with his wife Mae Ong in 1943. The Ongs modernized and doubled the stores size in 1958, and then operated it until 1981 when they sold it to Sam & Mary Bromert. Even in 1981 Gilbert had only 6,000 residents and there wasn’t another grocery store within 15 miles. Joe Johnston and his brothers bought the market in 2006 from the Bromerts.
Today Liberty Market is an award winning, Zagat rated restaurant serving a diverse and refined menu featuring wood fired pizza, sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta, gourmet style entrees, house-made desserts and features a premium espresso bar and diverse beer+wine list. Liberty Market serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week and has become a favorite meeting and eating place for families, friends and business people alike. Even the one-of-a-kind bathrooms have won awards!