Thirsty Palms opens, Luchows closes in Palm Springs

Thirsty Palms is a brand new restaurant and bar that mixes European and American classics in downtown Palm Springs.

Thirsty Palms opens

Thirsty Palms, a restaurant and bar proffering a mixture of European and American fare, is without doubt one of the newest eating places to open in downtown Palm Springs.

Located on the former Peabody’s Cafe and Bar location at 134 S. Palm Canyon Drive, the enterprise goals to place a “twist” on traditional American plates and serve up much less frequent European dishes. It opened in mid-December and is slated for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 25.

“The house owners are from Sweden however they’ve additionally travelled from everywhere in the world,” stated Robert Ramirez, Thirsty Palms’ normal supervisor. “They pulled what they favored finest from totally different locations as they traveled.”

Along with classics similar to Italian pizza and pasta, this contains pork schnitzel and dishes similar to shashuka — a tomato and egg dish vaguely paying homage to a Mediterranean huevos rancheros.

Thirsty Palms serves some less common European dishes such as shakshouka, a Mediterranean egg and tomato dish.

Thirsty Palms serves some much less frequent European dishes similar to shakshouka, a Mediterranean egg and tomato dish.

American dishes similar to ricotta hotcakes have tweaks, together with swapping maple for blood orange syrup or, within the case of the French toast, including some bourbon to the combination.

Ramirez stated the restaurant did not have any specific design aesthetic in thoughts, though he famous that the wallpaper was modeled after the Beverly Hills Resort.

Thirsty Palms is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday by way of Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday by way of Sunday and is closed Mondays.

Luchows closes

Luchows in Palm Springs closed in mid-February 2022.

Luchows in Palm Springs closed in mid-February 2022.

Luchows, a Chinese language-American restaurant and lounge at 4771 E. Palm Canyon Drive, has shut down after only some months open.

The enterprise closed its doorways Tuesday following what proprietor Paul Kakuschky referred to as a mix of dangerous timing and middling curiosity from the general public within the idea.

Kakuschky had turned the defunct Supreme Dragon Chinese language restaurant right into a restaurant and lounge with a bar, eating space and 100-year-old piano that featured common dwell music. The proprietor advised The Desert Solar in December that the idea was born out of a want to each save the previous restaurant and keep busy through the lengthy months of pandemic lockdowns.

Luchows opened in late November in time for the winter holidays. Sadly, it additionally opened shortly earlier than the COVID-19 omicron wave compelled native companies to shutter but once more.

The bar area in Luchows.

The bar space in Luchows.

“The timing was dangerous,” Kakuschky stated, noting that the virus compounded ongoing staffing points much like these confronted by many native eating places over the past 12 months. Whereas many extra established companies have been capable of increase wages and appeal to employees, Kakuschky stated the excessive staffing prices put a pressure on the brand new restaurant.

“The one factor I didn’t assume could be an issue was staffing,” Kakuschky stated.

Whereas the restaurant had a cohort of loyal and patrons, the proprietor stated the idea additionally by no means actually caught on with the broader public.

A Fb submit from Luchows says that the enterprise is now on the market with a present liquor license and prepared for a “flip key transition” into a brand new enterprise.

James B. Cutchin covers enterprise within the Coachella Valley. Attain him at [email protected]

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