One of California’s Top 100 brunch spots (according to Yelp!) and “Best of the Valley” 2020 by the Desert Sun, it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its menu includes everything from Huevos Rancheros to a Pesto Chicken Milanese sandwich to Lamb Bolognese.
“We are truly honored and grateful for the amazing support we have received over the past five years, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic,” co-owners Rita Capponi and John Diskin said. “Our guests have become family, and our staff’s passion for delivering a memorable dining experience is truly inspiring.”
Diskin added that “the restaurant business is one of the most demanding, even without a pandemic. We are incredibly proud to have persevered through these difficult times and to continue providing exceptional dining experiences for our guests.”
Considering the challenges faced by the restaurant industry, where 95% of establishments close within the first two years of operation, this milestone is even more significant.
“The restaurant business is one of the most demanding, even without a pandemic,” said John Diskin. “We are incredibly proud to have persevered through these difficult times and to continue providing exceptional dining experiences for our guests.”
In addition to its menu, Grand Central Palm Springs is also renowned for its gallery and special event space. The restaurant regularly showcases work from local artists, providing a creative and cultural experience for diners. To mark the 5-year anniversary, the restaurant has commissioned a new mural titled “The History of Grand Central,” by acclaimed local artist Aaron Hansen. This artwork offers a visual journey through the restaurant’s storied past, adding to the unique ambiance that makes Grand Central Palm Springs a must-visit destination. In addition, all day Friday, guests will be treated to a complimentary glass of prosecco with their meail.
“Art has always been an integral part of our restaurant, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than by unveiling this incredible mural,” Rita Capponi said. “Aaron’s work truly captures the essence of Grand Central Palm Springs, and we are thrilled to share it with our patrons.”
Grand Central opened in May of 2018 after extensive renovations to the previous Palm Springs Institution, Desmond’s Department Store. After sitting vacant for over a decade, owners and husband and wife, John and Rita, revitalized and reimagined the space as a place for friends to gather and share good conversation, great cocktails, and a wonderful meal. The space was updated to a modern open concept with a large opening to the kitchen that helps bring the restaurant to life.
A very popular spots for locals, Grand Central Palm Springs – named so because grand central train stations were once a prime meeting spot – it is located at 160 La Plaza in downtown Palm Springs.
Grand Central is open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch: 7:30am ‘til 3pm. Wednesday through Sundays, “Nibbles & Bites” is served at the bar 3pm ‘til 5pm and dinner 5pm ‘til 9pm including the popular new “Tasting Menu” featuring three appetizers, three entrée selections, dessert and a special wine pairing.
Itss phone number is: (760) 699-7185.
Its website is: www.grandcentralpalmsprings.com).