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Jul 17, 2009 02:44 PM

Is Richardson's/Rokerij jinxed? (Phx)

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 we had plans this weekend!

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  1. 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. 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. NO!!!!

        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

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

          1. re: johnseberg

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

          1. re: fledflew

            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.

            1. re: avandelay

              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.


              1. re: johnseberg

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

              2. re: avandelay

                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. 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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              1. re: geg5150

                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.

                1. re: hzp

                  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.