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Is Richardson's/Rokerij jinxed? (Phx)

ciaogal Jul 17, 2009 02:44 PM

Just heard that the fire dept was called to Richardson's. Didn't we just go through this at their sister restaurant a year ago? I am hoping for the best...as we had plans this weekend!

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    azculinarian Jul 17, 2009 03:03 PM

    I think you're going to need new plans if they included dining at Richardson's. Looks horrible.
    If memory serves the Rokerij fire was arson - I hope this isn't the case now!

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    1. re: azculinarian
      ciaogal Jul 17, 2009 03:07 PM

      Maybe their website address needs to be changed!

      This is very sad!

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      azculinarian Jul 17, 2009 03:23 PM

      I just heard they have declared Richardson's a complete loss and are just trying to save the surrounding businesses.

      A/C units overheating appears to be the cause due to being recently covered with roofing foam.

      What bad luck!

      1. mamamia Jul 17, 2009 03:23 PM


        Sidenote: Mr. Mamamia spoike to Richardson a few weeks ago. He happens to own all of the Dairy Queen/Rokerij land. When DQ's lease is up he's killing it with plans to do something very cool on that corner.


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        1. re: mamamia
          johnseberg Jun 12, 2010 11:20 AM

          I just noticed the DQ is closed and the construction of the new Richardsons is on.

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            kmarg Jun 13, 2010 11:25 AM

            yeah they broke ground a couple of weeks ago, staff says there may be a patio area between the two buildings ..

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          fledflew Jul 17, 2009 03:39 PM

          I'll miss the place...

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            avandelay Jul 17, 2009 03:48 PM

            Hope they were able to control the fire and it didn't spread to the rest of the complex. Luci's is less than six months old not to mention our favorite hardware store in the valley.

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              johnseberg Oct 9, 2009 04:33 PM

              I noticed Luci's had re-opened, to a limited degree, last weekend. I'm not sure if they're up to full speed, yet. Maybe I'll try breakfast, this weekend.


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                scaheld Oct 9, 2009 05:35 PM

                Coffee bar/breakfast was open; market was still closed last weekend.

              2. re: avandelay
                JerryMe Oct 28, 2009 01:26 PM

                The hardware store is open - They had a sidewalk sign out. Luci's is to have a re-opening next week. Maybe Richardson's will re-open soon.

            2. geg5150 Jul 17, 2009 04:34 PM

              Oh God! Horrible. After living down the street for almost 10 years, my first stop in Phoenix is always Richardson's or Dick's. I dream about the best carne adovado in the world.

              I know Dick reads the boards regularly and I hope he'll check here eventually! The original will be missed, but I'll follow you anywhere!!!

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                hzp Jul 17, 2009 04:41 PM

                I am saddened beyond belief not just for Richardson's, but everyone in that stripmall. All independent, non chain local stores.... I know a lot of staff at Richardson's & True Value and I suspect this will be hardest on them in this tough economy.

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                  Poerz Jul 17, 2009 06:50 PM

                  This ended up being a three alarm fire that not only included Phoenix trucks but also equipment from as far away as Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler. Richardsons is a total loss and other businesses in the strip mall suffered fire and smoke damage. Not sure how extensive that was but it always seems to actually be worse than it looks.

              2. Bill Hunt Jul 17, 2009 07:01 PM

                WOW! Guess that I have been watching the national news to get info on the healthcare issues, but I missed this one completely. Danged!

                While not my PHX-fave, we have enjoyed ourselves (more often at Dick's) many times.

                Thanks for the H/U. Well, there goes the neighborhood.


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                  dustchick Jul 17, 2009 09:43 PM

                  We have wonderful memories of Richardson's from our years in Phoenix. We are very sad for the owners and employees and wish them better days ahead.

                  1. azbirdiemaker Jul 17, 2009 10:28 PM

                    This is sad news. I just ate at Dick's last night around 10:30. Last supper as it turns out.

                    Although someone tonight read something that said they would be able to salvage Dick's. Not sure of the validity or how they intend to do that if the whole plaza burned. I didn't notice Dick's mentioned specifically in the article you posted but one would have to assume that if Richardson's was a total loss then it, more than likely, includes Dick's as well. Shame.

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                    1. re: azbirdiemaker
                      JerryMe Jul 18, 2009 08:05 AM

                      Dick's did not burn. Only Richardson's. There will be a lot of smoke damage. They just remodeled that strip mall exterior, finishing in April. It looked great!!

                      Will miss Richardson's but we hung out at Dick's more often.

                      I live nearby and didn't realize where all the fire trucks and hovering copters were hanging.

                      Very sad! Hope they stay in the hood! There's a huge empty property just to the South!

                    2. tastyjon Jul 18, 2009 01:03 AM

                      Here's to hoping they can move some operations to other parts of town until they can rebuild. I'd be happy to frequent, even if the places aren't permanent.

                      1. JerryMe Jul 18, 2009 09:54 AM

                        Re-posting. Just drove by. It's caution taped off and there's a truck backed up to Luci's roll up door.

                        They were framing a wall in the parking lot. So "somebody's" working on it. Maybe Richardson's will reopen!

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                        1. re: JerryMe
                          JerryMe Jul 19, 2009 10:46 AM

                          The temp wall was actually for the exterior and the exterior facade does indeed look totally destroyed. I'll let you know what else I discover in the coming weeks. It's in the hood.

                        2. johnseberg Jul 19, 2009 11:57 AM

                          I just had breakfast at Dick's. The place looks perfectly normal to me. Ch. 15 was there. I guess they re-opened at 8:00am this morning, and should resume normal hours, tomorrow.

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                          1. re: johnseberg
                            azbirdiemaker Jul 19, 2009 01:15 PM


                            This is some great news!

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                              crsin Jul 19, 2009 01:45 PM

                              excuse my ignorance, here, but can someone explain to me the difference b/w Dick's and Richardson's? I've never been to Dick's, and Richardson's menu is down, but from what I recall, they seem to have pretty similar menus.

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                                JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jul 19, 2009 02:10 PM

                                Dick's Hideaway is the open-secret sister restaurant to Richardson's. It's around the corner of the strip mall from Richardson's. Both Richardson's and Dick's share the same kitchen; basically, Richardson's/Dick's wraps around Luci's. As far as I know, since Richardson's and Dick's shared the same kitchen, they also share the same menu.

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                                  crsin Jul 19, 2009 05:06 PM

                                  Okay, thanks, that's what I was wondering. It basically seemed to me like one was almost an expansion of the other, but given it's own name.

                            2. re: johnseberg
                              kjhart Jul 21, 2009 12:31 PM

                              Fabulous news! I was so sad to hear about Richardsons, but delighted to know I won't have to wait months or years to get my favorite brunch. Thanks for the info.

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                              cabbageking Jul 19, 2009 04:44 PM

                              Richardson Browne will be back. Anyone familiar with his Rokerij's up-from-the-ashes story knows that. And look for Richardson's redux to become a Gastronomic Godfather II: one of those rare instances of the sequal surpassing the original.
                              Rest assured, folks, nothing inspires Browne as much as adversity. This will light another fire under him, creatively speaking.

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