Long-time Popular Restaurant Closing

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The fans of locally served Mediterranean food, things are about to get a bit more difficult here in the Valley. That is because the long-time favorite destination Crazy Jim’s, will be calling it quits after 36 years in business. 

Unlike other restaurant closures that have been plagued with staffing issues, COVID restrictions, and food shortages, Crazy Jim’s is closing because the owner, Claudia Aguirre, and her family simply decided it was time to move on to something else. 

The original Crazy Jim opened the restaurant back in 1985 and eventually sold the location and all the recipes to Claudia in 2007. Since then, Claudia and her family have maintained the restaurant. 

Claudia Aguirre completed the sale of the restaurant earlier in the week, and come next Monday, it will open up as a different restaurant. There are no words yet as to what kind of restaurant will open in its place or what kind of food it will serve, so for anyone interested in finding out what the new restaurant may be, stay tuned (or drive past the location at 4041 North 15th Avenue). 

For long-time fans of the restaurant, it is still possible to stop by the restaurant on Friday, January 28, to say goodbye or to take in a few moments. However, the restaurant will be closed for good starting on Saturday. 

This will not be the entire end of Crazy Jim’s though. While the unique location on North 15th Avenue will be closing down, the downtown location will remain open. This destination has been up and running since 1997 and there are no plans on closing the restaurant. As was the case with the closed Crazy Jim's, this restaurant serves everything from pita sandwiches to pizzas, pastas, salads, and just about everything else in between. So while it might be a bit of a drive for fans of the closed location, it is still possible to find that familiar taste. 

The downtown Phoenix location is at 305 West Washington Street (suite 104). It is open Monday through Friday, from 6:30 AM until 2:30 PM. The restaurant is closed for dinner and for the weekend. 

As for Claudia Aguirre and her family, when asked if she had plans for opening any other restaurants in the future, she did say everything is possible. Although her and her family are looking for an extended break from running the restaurant and being married to its operation. 

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