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Jun 20, 2013 08:07 AM

STANLEY'S SAUSAGES - why is there no discussion about what happened to them?

I'm visiting from LA this weekend and trying to figure out what's going on here.

As I understand it, Stanley's opens in 1963 and becomes a destination place for Eastern European sausages in the Phoenix area.

Then in 2012, they suddenly and mysteriously close down their McDowell Rd location (where they have been since 1989), with no indication that they will reopen or what has happened.

Then, in May 2012 the New Times reports "fear not! they will reopen across the street, on Bell Rd!" And there was much rejoicing.

But there are no current Yelp reviews, and although Stanley's website is still active, it shows the McDowell Rd address.

Now I find a December 2012 article saying that the old McDowell Rd shop has been taken over by a new sausage company, with the grossly unfortunate name of "So We MEAT Again" (emphasis theirs)

I was unable to find any mention of this weirdness on Phoenix Chowhound board, and no mention of whether the new place is any good. On my home board (Los Angeles) we would have been all over this. Beloved local institution closes down mysteriously, replaced by new upstart-- man, there would be a dozen reviews posted within minutes of the place opening.

What gives, Phoenican 'hounds? What's the current scoop on this place? Have I misunderstood any of the weirdness of this story?

And most importantly, how are the sausages??!

Mr Taster

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  1. A couple of observations: (a) in my 6 years on the SW (and then Phx) board, Stanley's and other local "makers" didn't seem to get much play as compared to restaurants; and (b) over the past 18 months or so, much of the local online food discussion has moved to more active venues.

    Now with that out of the way, I feel like everybody is in the dark as to what is really going on with Stanley's. I read the same reports as you, and yes, was happy to hear that Stanley's would be opening across the street. As far as the new place goes, I have no data--every time I've found myself over that way and hungry, it has been outside of their business hours.

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    1. re: hohokam

      That's really unfortunate that appreciation of such an old world craft is lost

      Eastern European smoked meats in the middle of the desert-- it's exactly the sort of thing that Chowhound was created to foster.

      Re: other site, are you talking about or some other site?

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Mr Taster

        Yes, that site along with a little side chatter on Twitter and Facebook. On that site, a much higher proportion of the traffic consists of locals talking to locals about a wide range of eateries and topics. That said, visitors seeking advice are welcomed there too. :-)

        Perhaps ironically, even though the Food Nerds site doesn't have Chowhound's rigidity about limiting discussions to finding and sharing what's delicious/chow-worthy in the local area, I think the current culture there is more conducive to fulfilling that part of The Manifesto than the one we have here now. IMHO YMMV etc etc.

    2. Stanley's now exists in a small storefront on Bell Rd. Tue-Fri 9a-6p & Sat 9a-5p

      1712 W Bell Road
      Phoenix, AZ 85023

      (602) 375-3999

      Yelp link -

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      1. re: scaheld

        I used to go to Stanley's during my lunch hour. A group of us from work would take the trek from Chandler just to savor their sausages. But alas, Stanley's has disappeared off the map. The Bell location is no longer in service and phone has been disconnected. Sigh.

      2. Actually in Dec 2012 I talked with the owners while picking up my kilbasa at the Bell location. I was told there that they had a fire at the McDowell location. But were to reopen across the street on McDowell. There was a problem holding them up on the land/building purchase though. Now there is a mention in Yelp that they were evicted from the Bell store. But I do not know if that is true or not. I am 36 and have a Polish heritage. While the rest of the family live near each other and make huge batches of Kilbasa twice a year. Stanley's is the closest to our carefully refined, tested, and cherished 8 generation recipie . If Stanley's local is gone it will truly be missed!!!!