Baby Kay's Abandons Plans to Open Second Location in Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Gumbo and jambalaya at Baby Kay's
It's been more than six months since Baby Kay's closed its doors at Town & Country in Phoenix, at which time the restaurant announced plans to move into a new location nearby at 1582 East Bethany Home Road, in the former home of Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico.

But now the owners have abandoned their plans to renovate the building, due to several "red flags" regarding the location. Instead, they'll spend the next few months focusing on the new Baby Kay's location in Mesa, which opened in early February.

See also: Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen Opening a Location in Mesa

Serena Heath, a manager at the Mesa restaurant, says "parking was the first and foremost issue" with the location in Phoenix. The city requires restaurants to offer a certain number of spaces, which was posing difficulties at that spot.

Heath says there were also legal issues between the landlord and some of the building's other tennants, which raised concerns about moving forward with the restaurant.

"They gave us an opt out and we took it," Heath says.

Over the next few months, the owners will focus on expanding the restaurant in Mesa, which currently offers only 13 tables inside. They'll take over the adjacent suite at 2051 South Dobson Road, and after summer is over, Heath says, they'll regroup and evaluate whether or not there's still enough demand for a second location in Phoenix.

Baby Kay's was located at Town & Country for more than 20 years, earning a reputation for serving classic Cajun fare such as shrimp rémoulade, gumbo crawfish, and red beans and rice. The 50-year-old retail and restaurant center at 20th Street and Camelback has recently seen major improvements with the addition of several new restaurants including Snooze, an AM Eatery; Whole Foods; and Grassroots Kitchen and Tap.

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Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen

2051 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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the site in phoenix should never have been considered, NO PARKING!!!! the landlord simply was being greedy at the expense of the other tenants. This was never a problem with baby k's, they are good folks, this is about parking.

Kate Buckley Malcom
Kate Buckley Malcom

So sad to see them leave phoenix... Miss the days of the original Scottsdale and then phoenix...


That sucks. I'm not going all the way to Mesa even though I LOVE their food.

David Bickford
David Bickford

Mandatory parking minimums promote inefficient land use, encourage automobile dependency, and, in this case, stifle small business development.

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