Welcome Diner Prepares for September Opening, Now Hiring For All Positions

Last modified on August 4th, 2016 at 1:34 pm

(Credit: Welcome Diner)

Welcome Diner, the Phoenix eatery planning to open a Tucson location early September in the former Chaffin’s Diner at 902 E. Broadway Blvd., is currently hiring for all positions.

To apply, send a résumé to Joinourteam@WelcomeHospitality.com.

“We’re excited to be in Tucson,” said Sloane McFarland, co-owner of Welcome Diner. “We’ve spent a lot of time as individuals in Tucson. It’s an honor to be here and we hope to earn the trust of Tucson.”

Those who are worried about losing the vintage feel of Chaffin’s can relax. Through McFarland’s background in renovating historic and infill development projects with his other business Martha + Mary, McFarland aims to maintain the historic integrity of the iconic building.

“Our philosophy was to pull back the layers of paint and get it in a direction of how it was originally,” McFarland said.

Using inspiration from photographs of Chaffin’s Diner in the sixties, McFarland aims to bring back some of the original colors and feel. Through the renovation process, they were also able to make some formerly-inoperable windows function again.

Though the food is still diner-fare, there will be a stronger farm-to-table focus. Co-owner and chef Michael Babcock has been working with the farmers and suppliers in the area.

“We’re super inspired by what’s going on in the Tucson and Sonoita area,” McFarland said. “That will help us guide and grow the menu. We will have a more encompassing menu.”

While diner classics such as biscuits and gravy and burgers are available, Tucsonans can look forward to unique items such as the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich and the Pulled Jackfruit Po’Boy.

Keep up with Welcome Diner on Facebook. For more information, visit welcomediner.net.

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  • GayhawkAZ

    So how much more are folks going to have to pay for the “privilege” of the farm-to-table experience? Chaffin’s wasn’t ultra-cheap, but this place won’t survive in the area if the prices are jacked-up.

    • DTPhoenix

      If you have the “privilege” to eat Chef Babcocks creations, you won’t ask about the price, you will however ask for seconds.

      • GayhawkAZ

        That right there tells me it’ll probably tank within six months. Phoenix isn’t Tucson, and relying on “creations” to hold customers’ interest is like saying Brian Metzger was in Sam Fox’s league.

        • Nonsense. You clearly didn’t bother to look at their menu and pricing.

          Also, the fact that they’re putting in so much to the rehab/renovation of the Chaffin’s/Sambo’s space shows a commitment and building upon the model that works so well for them. They’ll likely have the same latenight hours (and hopefully they’ll get breakfast service in too which they didn’t have the draw/space for) as the Phoenix location which fills a need vacant since Grill’s closure.

          I think they’ll do just fine. But please, feel free to continue your pooping-in-everyone’s-Cheerios hobby if you must.

          • GayhawkAZ

            You killed your argument when you compared your hopes for this place to Tucson needing a replacement for Grill. Are you serious? I’ll even hope it’s better than Grill because Grill was a shitheap with occasionally decent food. I loved it, but I and a lot of other people don’t mourn it. It’s dead. Move on.

            And again: Phoenix dining scene is not Tucson dining scene. Not all cross-pollination works, or should.

          • Again nothing substantial in your argument, simply nasty dismissiveness and posturing. You’re not interested in meaningful discussion so I wish you well.

        • Billy Lavelle

          Pick up a New Times or something and educate yourself on the gift you’re being given. I can’t wait for you to try it, I’m actually really excited for you.

    • BangkokSlim

      At least its not another Mexican or hard core franchise restaurant….

      • GayhawkAZ

        Agreed. But Chaffin’s was a decent, solid diner with locals being loyal to it. If this is too highbrow, while you may get people in the doors, you’re unlikely to get that solid base of recurring patrons (and if the attitude is anything like DTPhoenix’s, you definitely won’t).

    • From their Phoenix menu the pricing looks really good for the quality and portions they serve. Friends of mine in the Valley of the Sun rave about it.

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