We were quick to visit. It seemed destined to become a neighborhood staple.
"The Commander Hamburger location at The Churchill closed due to COVID-mandated closures in the spring," Andrew Fritz, an operator and partner in In Good Spirits, Commander Hamburger's hospitality company, says in an email to Phoenix New Times. "Coupled with reduced business and event traffic downtown, and the marches and protests, we weren’t able to restore the location to its prior business levels safely or with consistency."
Commander may rise again, though, in some form.
"We are working on a virtual restaurant version of Commander Hamburger with the original, full menu, and exploring options for the brand’s physical store presence in the future," Fritz says.
For now, we'll continue to miss the spicy chicken sandwich (fried to perfection, topped with ghost pepper aioli and spiced jalapeños, wedged between slices of a Noble Bread bun). And don't get us started on the tater tots — golden, crispy morsels impeccably seasoned and promptly eaten. We hope to meet these menu items again soon.