IHOP and Sacks to Close: Downtown Tempe Loses Two Longstanding Restaurants

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Hannah E Williams
W.M. Sacks Art of Sandwicherie
There are big plans in the works for downtown Tempe, but with the changes come a few closures. Late last year, the city lost the Chili's restaurant that had been open on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive since 1989. And now some more classics are on the way out.

College students will be sad to hear the 24-hour IHOP on Apache Boulevard will soon close, as will the W.M. Sacks Art of Sandwicherie at 35 East Ninth Street.

See also: Twin Palms Hotel in Tempe to Close for Remodel

The IHOP will close June 1, about two weeks after the adjacent Twin Palms hotel closes its doors for a remodel. The hotel, which has been open since the 1970s, will be renovated and renamed before reopening in October.

For years, the restaurant has been a go-to late night spot for hungry students. The hotel has not yet announced what will take the restaurant's place.

Meanwhile Sacks, on the southwest corner of University and Mill, is being ousted to make way for a mixed-use development project that will include a 30,000-square-foot conference center, a 4,500-seat exhibition arena, a 330-room luxury hotel, a 500-unit apartment complex, and retail and office space.

An official closing date for the restaurant has not been set; delays in the development process have allowed Sacks to continue operating so far. Employees say the restaurant will be open through at least this week, though they're hoping to stay open until the end of May.

Sacks, which has another location at 839 West University Drive (on the southeast corner of University Drive and Hardy Drive), has been open for more than 20 years.

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W.M. Sacks Art of Sandwicherie - CLOSED

35 E. 9th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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49 comments
Maralynda Remalia
Maralynda Remalia

I don't want to drive all the way to central phoenix for Sacks.

Emily Perez
Emily Perez

Sacks was a part of my ASU experience. :( Such a bummer.

Jonathan Dufern
Jonathan Dufern

Kenny Tibbs, looks like the far right wingers are posting comments that don't make a lick of since

Kenny Tibbs
Kenny Tibbs

Looks like the far left wingers that write for this publication will have to find a new place to eat.

John T. Trimble
John T. Trimble

Were still open in Paradise Valley.. cmon thru #IHOP

TM Kafka
TM Kafka

Sacks I never went to. Sorry I missed it. The IHOP on the other hand was the late night gathering spot for me back in the day. Many memories of that place.

Stephanie Ruth
Stephanie Ruth

I'll be sad to see ihop go when i don't see oil floating around in their coffee anymore

Arlo Ochoa
Arlo Ochoa

All of you talking about IHOP food.. the post is for drinkers who go to IHOP to wash the booze, not culinary enthusiasts. Haha. You know that place called Jack in the Box on the other side of ASU my Mill and University, they also don't use very high quality ingredients. GASP. smh

Lucia Mendez
Lucia Mendez

I just wish IHOP was good -.- people with no decent taste eat IHOP so fuck it if anyone misses them

Brian Gandt
Brian Gandt

I just left for Wisconsin, but those places wouldn't be missed if I were still in Tempe. Now, Haji Baba on Apache...that would be different. I know I am missing it!

lisa cortese
lisa cortese

I lost my wallet at that ihop once and the management didn't care at ALL.

Gary Hinchman
Gary Hinchman

....I propose a complete boycott of downtown tempe and mill avenue...

Brian Leal
Brian Leal

Colin you eat crap everywhere why single out ihop!?

Krista Peterson
Krista Peterson

Tempe has no soul, it never did. They've been tearing down and shoving out businesses since the 80's. The greedy 80's.

Jason Jax Fab
Jason Jax Fab

At least sack's on university and hardy will be around.

Colin Beach
Colin Beach

IHOP should be called: IHOPS - International House Of Processed Sugar.

Kyo Ono
Kyo Ono

No there should only be Japanese restaurants everywhere.

Justin J. Stewart
Justin J. Stewart

Chow Bella - I see that that the Hardy/Uni got a shout out! Sweet!

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

gotta agree with you on both counts, Yes, I guess for students, IHOP coffee was the thing that got them through. But you've gotta agree with me that the food made off premesis, shipped in in bulk, then only reheated is horrible. And yes we also forgot that the local IHOP franchisee was VERY good to local charities and supporting new starts.

Chow Bella
Chow Bella

Hi Justin! It's mentioned in the last sentence of the story. The location on Indian School Road is also still open.

Chow Bella
Chow Bella

It's a big loss to the college community, even if it is a chain. For many ASU students the restaurant was a standby late-night option. God forbid Matt's or Vovomeena ever closes though!

Kate Kealy
Kate Kealy

I frequented both Sacks and IHOP during undergrad and graduate school. And yes, IHOP is a chain, but the location, 24 hour availability, bottomless coffee cups, and friendly staff made it a great place for students.

Tabitha Cornwell
Tabitha Cornwell

They've been talking about closing that Sacks location for 10-12 years.

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

really? does chowbella really care if an IHOP loses? I'd be upset of Vovomeena or Matts did. but IHOP? If you care that much about IHOP, what about red lobster and Olive garbage? What would happen if Chilis or TGIF closed? Foodies would rejoice, but you might report it as if something bad was happening.

Larry Gulliford
Larry Gulliford

Well hope they find this worthwhile, going to the IHOP late night is an ASU tradition.

Justin J. Stewart
Justin J. Stewart

Larry- Thanks! I did not know that. Was that even mentioned in the article or did I miss that?

darrelanderson
darrelanderson

What do you think food stamps are for? Sheesh....

terezib
terezib

Vovomeena is NOWHERE near ASU, nor is it anywhere NEAR 24 hour. Same with Matt's - going to Matt's is an excursion, between prices and time taken to get there and wait in line. There's a definite lack of 24 hour restaurants in the Valley. Denny's is worse than IHOP. 

terezib
terezib

I guess you've never been a college student who wanted to eat at 3AM.

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