The stucco archway seems like it's been there for ages. Operating partner Kristy Moore even instructed the painter, who was there putting finishing touches on the entrance the day before the grand opening, to weather the sign. "We wanted it to look like it had been there forever," Moore explains.
The archway is a huge improvement from the original side entrance, which forced diners to walk over a gravel drive and through a cloud of smoke to get to the restaurant. "You'd get out of your car and there'd be thirty old men smoking cigarettes and drinking, talking about World War II," quips Moore. That definitely wouldn't fly with Phoenix's new no-smoking codes. But it gives you an idea of the old customer base.