Now open in Phoenix, The Joy Bus Diner (3375 E. Shea Blvd. Suite C-1; 602-595-5884) is a 100% nonprofit restaurant that’s helping make our Valley a tastier, happier place, one meal at a time. Housed inside a warm, welcoming space at the southeast corner of Shea Boulevard and the AZ-51 highway, The Joy Bus Diner boasts hearty, made-to-order breakfast and lunch fare served Tuesday – Sunday, 7am – 2pm. Even better, every cent earned will be used to support The Joy Bus, a local charity that’s been bringing chef-inspired meals and caring conversations to cancer patients Valley-wide since 2011.
Best of all, with the opening of The Joy Bus Diner, hungry Valley residents can now support this invaluable charity while also enjoying a gourmet, from-scratch breakfast or lunch. And while every cent raised will go to directly to charity, The Joy Bus Diner’s farm-fresh, from-scratch menu means doing good never tasted so good. Think hearty sandwiches such as Patty Melts made with grassfeed beef or Rubens topped with housemade corned beef brisket; and a double-dipped crispy Chicken in a Biscuit. For more breakfasty fare, enjoy Princess Poppyseed Pancakes stuffed with fluffy lemon, served with fresh fruit and choice of sausage or Tender Belly bacon, or Roasted Chile Benedict with AZ-raised filet and “Woods Bread” topped with roasted chile hollandaise.
“I named it ‘Woods Bread’ because chef Clint Woods of Fox Restaurant Concepts taught me how to bake up this amazing house-made bread,” Caraway says. Additional supporters include Porter Barnwood, who donated the beautiful wooden legacy wall as well as produced a video about The Joy Bus featuring interviews with Chris Bianco, Pat McMahon, Sam Fox and more; 100+ Woman Who Care-Valley of the Sun, who donated funds to secure the space; Slab Designs LLC donated the gorgeous countertops; and Nu Age Surface Concepts who created the lovely concrete floor; G4 Builders; and Applied Engineering. Handsomely designed by Swan Architects, at night The Joy Bus Diner will host community events and cooking classes, as well as serve as the dedicated commercial kitchen for The Joy Bus’ weekly meal deliveries.
When: The Joy Bus Diner is now open Tuesday – Sunday from 7am – 2pm