As a serial entrepreneur, business consultant and connoisseur of fine foods, I had to share this beautiful location and gem of a restaurant with you. It was a great day full of meetings and conference calls helping people to be more productive in their lives and business. On this particular afternoon, I had a business meeting for lunch with a great friend of mine who suggested an establishment that I hadn’t heard of before, this was not the first time, but for some particular reason, the name peaked my interest. After leaving a series of back-to-back meetings I was anxious to see what this place was going to be like. I had passed the location using my GPS as it is kind of tuck away and you must pay attention or you will miss it. As I recalibrated and got my bearing, I paid special attention to the location as it didn’t look to be an actual restaurant. I pulled into the parking lot about 30 minutes early so I could take one more business call prior to lunch. After I concluded the call, I proceeded inside and I was absolutely amazed to find the magic that is called The Parlor.
The business meeting went well as usual, but on this particular day, the atmosphere, service, and food at The Parlor was a pleasant experience. Upon leaving the establishment, being the person that I am, I was lead to ask a series of questions that lead to me taking a moment to introduce you to this fine establishment where all things are made from scratch. Below please take a moment to read the story of The Parlor, I think you will enjoy and appreciate it.
The Parlor Story
A wood oven and a simple vision for a rustic Italian eatery is where it all began. That foundation and a long, creative journey has lead us to where we are today. Our commitments to craft, value, freshness, and environment have successfully propelled the parlor forward through each changing season, and each passing year.
This building originally housed the salon de venus — a mecca for bobs, beehives, and nearly six decades worth of “cutting edge” hairstyles and spa treatments. The owners of the salon decided to hang up the sheers in 2007. Through some luck and good fortune, the Mei family was able to claim the space and begin dreaming up the parlor. during the massive renovation, a large portion of the old building was demolished and repurposed into all of the wood elements you see around the room, including the tables you will sit at. The salon de venus lives on in the new and sustainably built interiors.
So hopefully you find all of that interesting, but let’s be honest—it’s really all about the food. the parlor is fully committed to offering a menu that reflects the best ingredients each season has to offer. This is the core of our simple and approachable food philosophy. Everything we serve is handmade daily, including all of the breads, pastas, and pastries. We also cultivate our own gardens and are actively engaged in the process of growing and harvesting ingredients. Many of the vegetables you enjoy here were grown by our owners and staff in our offsite gardens.
Serving this community and having a positive impact on the budding food culture of this desert oasis will always remain our passion and our mission. Thank you for coming on this journey with us and thank you for the years of continued success. We look forward to many, many more!