So yesterday the hubby, J myster and I did something for the last time. We went to breakfast at Alvin’s, sat at our table we like to sit at every Saturday by the fireplace and partake of the best breakfast food in town. I absolutely fell in love with the Southwestern Chicken Fried Steak Mixer made of eggs, hash browns, cheese, peppers, chicken fried steak smothered in green chili sauce. It was to die for! Kim, my husband’s sister, and our waiter every Saturday knew what I was ordering every time before I even ordered it and because it was so good, you rarely got to sample other things on the menu because you just didn’t want to miss out on the greatness of each dish. For the longest time my husband would only order the Denver omelet, I would only order the Country Fried Steak burrito, then you’d switch it up a little only to discover you found a new love on the menu. Since before we have married Scott and I have always had breakfast at Alvin’s, except then it was known as Alvin’s Mason Jar off of Route 66.
Well after giving it a go for 2 years, their last service was last night. We went there for dinner and to say goodbye and to reminisce. Alvin’s is where we took all our friends from out-of-town. We just couldn’t let them leave Flagstaff without having tasted one of Alvin’s famous breakfast mixers.
Alvin’s is also the place where…. well, just like in Cheers, “Everyone Knows your name”. Locals kept the restaurant going, but couldn’t do enough to keep the economy from taking down even the best mom and pop place. While I believe partly it was the restaurant’s location and that you couldn’t see the restaurant from the road. It was hidden in a little plaza with not much business in the plaza, the big part was the economy. The owners paid out a lot of money for top-notch advertising…but still no one came….at least not anyone new…
Alvin’s is where we met Sheena, one of our waiters and now a life long Flagstaff Friend of our Family and of course Steve and Trish were always so hospitable and always made sure we had great service. I designed a website for them and managed their Facebook page to help aid in advertising. It was a good exchange for a hot delicious meal.
Despite not being able to go to our favorite breakfast nook next Saturday, we wish Steve and Trish Alvin the very best and hope that their future business adventures prove more profitable, we hope they get the break they’ve been needing and get to spend time with each other and we certainly hope life proves less stressful for them. We are blessed to have them as friends but are happy they are at peace with their decision to close up shop. People have to do what they have to do to make a living and survive and they had done all they could to keep Alvin’s alive.
Thanks for the great food, the good memories and the awesome friends!
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