We scratch cook with the finest ingredients – made with integrity by our purveyor partners. We prize providing our guests with genuine hospitality. We strive to create a better experience for our guests everyday.
Please come by and say hello. We look forward to serving you.
The Welcome Diner is located on the edge of Roosevelt Row in the downtown Phoenix neighborhood of Garfield. It operates out of a 9 stool, 1940’s Valentine Diner built in Wichita, Kansas – and a large, outdoor patio recently built for guests to enjoy.
Valentine Diners were mass produced, often single person owned and operated mobile restaurants. They were made with the intention to make the American Dream of business ownership available to anyone with that desire. Diners were made available on financing terms, shipped to your location and could even include the plates and silverware.
The Welcome Diner started its early life as the Hi–Way Diner on the Route 66 roadside of Williams, Arizona. In 1979 Phoenician Robert Young moved the Hi-Way Diner to its current location of 10th Street and Roosevelt.
Never opened, it was renovated by artist and entrepreneur Sloane McFarland in 2002 and opened as the Welcome Diner the next year. In 2013 Michael Babcock and Jenn Robinson joined the Welcome team as partners, Chef and Controller respectively, bringing with them a soulful Southern edge to the Farm to Table American Fare for which the Diner is known.