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Tom's Tavern Celebrates 80 Years With Depression Specials

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Not too many places have weathered 80 years in the Valley. The Orpheum Theatre. The Hayden Flour Mill in downtown Tempe. And Tom's Restaurant & Tavern, the ubiquitous downtown hangout that was once a pool hall and the city morgue. In celebration of the joint's 80th birthday, owner Michael Ratner is offering Depression Specials through Friday, December 11.

  • Score a cup of Tom's original chili for just 49 cents -- the price you would've paid back in 1929.
  • Head by at 3 p.m. daily for a free slice of Tom's "birthday" cake and complimentary coffee or soft drink.

If you haven't been to Tom's, it really is a slice of Arizona history. The walls are covered with fun memorabilia from the restaurant's pool hall days, and there's even a Wall of Fame with pics of celebs who have been in the Tavern, from late actor George Burns to Sheriff Joe.

According to Ratner, a pic of former Arizona governor Fyfe Symington hanging on that wall was stolen once. Ratner received a "ransom note," but the picture mysteriously reappeared shortly afterwards.

Ahh...the glory days of Phoenix.

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