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

ipsedixit Aug 29, 2009 03:33 PM

Say it ain't so ...

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    avandelay Aug 29, 2009 04:23 PM

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

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    1. re: avandelay
      ReneeP Sep 1, 2009 07:13 PM

      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.

    2. Firenza00 Sep 2, 2009 06:46 PM


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      1. re: Firenza00
        silverbear Sep 2, 2009 10:15 PM

        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
          ipsedixit Sep 2, 2009 10:43 PM

          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 ...

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        bpreston Sep 3, 2009 08:57 AM

        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
          hohokam Sep 3, 2009 09:05 AM

          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
            Booger Sep 3, 2009 01:54 PM

            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.

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