Tempe, AZ

Popular Long Term Restaurant Has Closed After 25 Years

Greyson F

Opening a restaurant is a risky business. In the end, few owners are able to call it quits on their own terms. They are forced to close for one reason or another. Over the last year or so there have been many compounding hurdles owners have had to deal with, ranging from the COVID pandemic all the way to labor problems, product shortages, and finding a medium between employee wages and offering affordable prices to draw in customers. However, one metro Phoenix restaurant is shutting down, and this time it is exclusively the decision of the owners. 

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The popular breakfast and lunch restaurant is now closed.Tim Mossholder/Unsplash

Residents of Tempe and fans of Arizona State sporting events have long gone to Munch a Mania after a big game, before a class, or after a late night out with friends, always in search of delicious and inexpensive food. In fact, patrons have been visiting Munch a Mania for 25 years. That, however, is coming to an end, as the owners recently announced they would be shutting down and instead turn their attention toward retirement. 

Munch a Mania made the announcement both on Twitter and by posting signs inside the restaurant, stating “It’s Time to Say Screw Work and Retire! That’s Right, We’ve Decided To Start Enjoying Life...” The post also went on to say they will miss everyone and that they have been grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the community and to build friendships over the years. 

The restaurant will officially close on May 27. It will not be sold off or handed down to anyone. So hopefully anyone who enjoyed grabbing food from the cheap-eats destination was able to do so recently, as it is now, officially, shut down to the public.

For now, there is no word yet as to what will take its place at 2090 East University Drive in Tempe. There’s a good bet it will be another restaurant of some kind as the property is all set up. Whether it will have the same kind of 25-year luck as Munch A Mania will be determined later. 

The restaurant was best known for its breakfast and hot sandwiches. Some favorites included the burrito supreme (including a special “Christmas Burrito” during the holidays, which came served with both red and green sauces over time), the Egg Croissanwich Supreme, Munch-A-Muffin, and others. While these food staples are now gone, Gordon and Mary Taggart will remain in town, taking in life and cheering on their beloved ASU Sun Devils. 

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