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Aug 29, 2009 03:33 PM

[PHX] Welcome Diner closing ... serving only First Fridays??

Say it ain't so ...

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  1. I sincerely hope not. One of the more perfect places to get a burger in Phoenix.

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    1. re: avandelay

      Has anyone been able to corroborate this? Has anyone tried? Very sad to see another independent, totally independent small restaurant close. I can think of others that ought to close but not this one.

      1. re: Firenza00

        The explanation in that blog posting is just about the most circumlocutory non-answer I've ever heard to any question. I know nothing more than before I read it. Not your fault, but frustrating nonetheless.

        1. re: silverbear

          Well, McFarland's refusal to deny the rumors certainly says something ...

          In other words, if the rumors weren't at least plausible then they would be denied, flat out.

          What I did find interesting in the Chow Bella post was the possibility of a "Welcome Diner truck" ... that would be cool. A roving burger and fries mobile ...

      2. I would love to see the Welcome do more events like they did with Nobuo Fukuda and use the Diner to showcase cuisine put together by other great chefs or those who are trying to start their own restaurants. San Francisco does this with the Mission Street Food Experience and it is amazing packed twice a week great food at cheap prices giving chefs great exposure.

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        1. re: bpreston

          Hmm...that's not a bad idea. The Mission Street Food model could work pretty well there. The diner could maintain its current schedule and once or twice a week a crew could come in and use the kitchen for an evening MSF-type event.

          If anyone reading this thread has the owner's ear, please pass along this idea.


          A link to the Mission Street Food site:

          1. re: hohokam

            The new permanent structure at the downtown farmers market has a community kitchen that can be used for temporary dining events. This sort of thing is extremely welcome, and makes me excited for the direction of food in our town.