Paving Restaurant Paradise and Putting Up a Parking Lot?

Phoenix’s oldest B.Y.O.B. restaurant being forced to move by new land owners

June 20, 2013

Coup Des Tartes, Phoenix’s longest running and most well known B.Y.O.B. restaurant, is being forced out of their location at 4626 N 16th Street in Phoenix through no fault of their own. They are being offered a mere 180-day notice as of June 1, 2013 by the new landowners, the Van Tuyl Group, which owns several car dealerships in the area. Coup Des Tartes has been serving award-winning French cuisine in the same small, historic farmhouse located on 16th Street and Highland for the past 17 years.

Coup Des Tartes Owner Ron Pacioni said, “They want to pave our paradise to put up a parking lot, literally.” He added, “Their representative has told us they have plans to demo this historic 1932 farm house on and turn it into an overflow parking lot for their nearby corporate car dealership.  It breaks our heart.”

Although Pacioni continues talking with a Van Tuyl’s representative in hopes to prevent the move, the deadline date to be out of their current location has been set for the end of the year.  Relocating the restaurant will require a great deal of time and planning, but Pacioni is adamant that they will not close their doors during this disruption.

Pacioni, said, “We want to let our regular customers and our newfound foodies know that our doors are still open.  We have every intention of continuing to offer our seasonal menus and award-winning cuisine that you’ve come to know and love throughout the transition.”

Although Pacioni has not decided on a new location for Coup Des Tartes, he is hopeful they will be able to recreate the same theme of the current restaurant.  “It is our number one priority to maintain the romantic look and feel of our cozy little farmhouse when we eventually settle into our new home,“ Pacioni said.  Coup Des Tartes fans have voted them “Most Romantic Restaurant” and “Best B.Y.O.B” in the Phoenix New Times and Phoenix Magazine, among others, over the years.

While Pacioni is currently searching for a new location that will live up to the existing Coup Des Tartes expectations with it’s equally as coveted private dining room, Rendez-vous, he notes there is no realistic way that they can move the restaurant from its current location to a new location without some hiccups along the way.  In addition, appropriate accommodations for their catering division, Rendevous Catering & events, must be accounted for.  However, he plans on giving it his best effort.  Operations will continue as usual and the public will be informed as soon as Coup Des Tartes’s new location is finalized.

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