Welcome Diner To Open Tuesday

Welcome Diner Tucson is officially opening its doors in the former Chaffin’s Diner at 902 E. Broadway Blvd. on Tuesday, October 4.

“Our philosophy was to pull back the layers of paint and get it in a direction of how it was originally,” Welcome Diner co-owner Sloane McFarland said in a previous interview with Tucson Foodie.

Based on the soft opening, it appears the building hasn’t lost its vintage charm.

Welcome Diner interior (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Welcome Diner interior (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

While most of the Phoenix menu items make an appearance, the Tucson location adds a unique selection plates including:

  • Wood-Fired Trout – salsa verde, charred lime, hand fire bread
  • Vegetable Cassoulet – white tepary, smoked pumpkin, creme fraiche, hand fire bread
  • Twice-Fried Chicken – mash potatoes with spine gravy, ensalada molondrones, biscuit
  • Bone-In Pork Chop – pork demi, creamed kale, Pima grit hushpuppies
  • Pan-Seared Steak – Roquefort, scallion pancake

The beverage menu has also expanded with unique Tucson cocktail creations thanks to bar manager Connor Mansager, who previously worked the bar at Agustin Kitchen, Scott & Co., as well as various notable New York and Portland establishments such as the Woodsman Tavern.

Welcome Diner’s new cocktails are fun, fresh, and lighthearted with a diner vibe, NOLA vibe, and southwest vibe, Mansager said.

Frappe Güey and fried cactus amuse-bouche at Welcome Diner Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Frappe Güey and fried cactus amuse-bouche at Welcome Diner Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Welcome Diner will be open 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Plans for brunch and lunch are still in the works.

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

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.