Payton Curry offering dinner in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Howard Seftel, Arizona Republic restaurant critic]

Photograph: Arizona Republic

Payton Curry may have left his post at Caffe Boa. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t keeping busy.

While he continues searching for a permanent home for his new restaurant, he’s just signed a three-month lease to do dinner three nights a week at Welcome Diner, starting in April.

Those nights are Sundays through Tuesdays, and it will be a no-reservation, first-come, first-served operation. And seating is limited: Welcome Diner seats only nine inside and 16 on the patio. Curry will be doing the cooking; his wife, Shantal, who currently works the front of the house at FnB, will be handling those same duties here.

The abbreviated menu will include appetizers like foie gras terrine with strawberries ($16); country pork paté ($10) and farmer’s market salad (M.P.) Main dishes may feature fried chicken ($12) and several homemade pastas, like chitarra Bolognese ($16) and fettuccine with lamb ragu ($17). For dessert, look for strawberry olive oil cake ($5) and pie ($5) – “if you’re lucky,” says Curry.

Curry will also be doing dinner on First Fridays, starting April 1 [tonight!]. On those nights, he’ll be inviting food trucks to set up shop in the parking lot, in order to create what he calls a “little street dine-around.”


Payton Curry at Welcome Diner, 924 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix.

Hours: 5 p.m. to close, Sunday through Tuesday; 5 p.m. to midnight, First Fridays.

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