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Crazy Jim’s closes after 36 years in Phoenix

Crazy Jim’s on the corner of 15th Avenue and Indian School Road has shut its doors after 36 years in the Valley.

PHOENIX — One of Valley’s most popular Mediterranean restaurants is closing.

Crazy Jim’s, a Valley favorite on the corner of 15th Avenue and Indian School Road, has shut its doors after 36 years in the Valley.

The Mediterranean restaurant specializes in various items, from pita and subs to pizza, salads, pasta, and much more.

The move comes after the restaurant finalized the sale of its property Tuesday afternoon.

In a Facebook post, the owners said, “Thank you, everyone, for the years of memories and wonderful times. We have so much to say but somehow can’t find the words. It’s hard to think that this is the end, but it’s also exciting to start a new venture elsewhere.”

More than 100 customers responded to the post sharing their support for the restaurant and its employees.

The restaurant opened in 1985, and the original owner, “Crazy Jim,” sold the place and the recipes to Claudia Aguirre in 2007. Aguirre has run it with her four kids ever since, and this year she decided it was time to do something else. 

“I didn’t think I was going to be ready for it until I realized that [my children] want a change and then one day I realized that I think I want a change as well,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre said there were no financial issues, no scandal, simply a desire in the family to experience life outside of the restaurant.

“You have to be tough as nails to run a restaurant. You’re married to it,” Aguirre said. She said her youngest children will finish college and she plans to go into real estate.

On Wednesday, the owners encouraged their patrons to come by and say hello and take a small keepsake that reminded them of the wonderful times they had at Crazy Jim’s.

When asked if they would find a different place, the owners said, “well, everything is possible. Let’s see what the future holds!”

In the immediate future, the Aguirre family will turn over the keys to the new owners on Monday. The restaurant will re-open as something else, but Aguirre could not provide any information about who had bought the restaurant, what it might be, or when exactly it would open.

If you can’t go without your favorite Mediterranean dish, Crazy Jim’s has another location in downtown Phoenix.

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