Downtown Phoenix never fails to surprise and delight. DPJ’s Live PHX series captures the moments that illustrate why we love life in our city.


Photo by Lauren Potter.

Eating at Welcome Diner is a one-of-a-kind dining experience that’s quintessentially “downtown Phoenix.” For those who’ve yet to visit the tiny 1940’s building tucked away just off of Roosevelt Row, it’s worth the detour east of Seventh Street. By day, the tiny diner sits inconspicuously at the northwest corner of Roosevelt and Ninth Streets. If you’re lucky, the wooden white fence or red hand-painted signage might catch your eye. But by night, the small diner glows like an oasis in the desert — trimmed with red and green neon lights.

The farm-to-table diner puts what it calls a “soulful edge” on traditional American food, and if you’re not sitting at one of the nine bar stools inside, you can enjoy the lively outdoor patio traced with hanging globe lights. Welcome Diner isn’t just a place for great food — it’s a place for community. And as one of the flagship late-night food spots in downtown Phoenix, you can enjoy the atmosphere and menu at Welcome Diner from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.