After 10 years, Wimpy's Paradise, a small hamburger and hot dog joint with a big reputation in downtown Chandler, will close its doors.
"I realized early on in this business we were providing much more than quality food and amazing service, we were providing a place for everyone to enjoy and relax, get an ear to listen or arms to hug you," owner Randy Walters said in a Facebook post Friday evening. "I tried my best to make sure EVERY person that walked through our door had a quality and memorable dining experience!"
This weekend will be its last. The final day will be Monday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m.
"This decision was difficult! I'm turning 65 next month and while I have the heart of a youngster, my body keeps reminding me I'm not!" Walters wrote.
But, it does not sound like he's leaving the Valley's food scene entirely.
"I'm not disappearing from the food scene totally! More on that later," he wrote. "My future plans should allow me more time to relax and still keep me out and about in the East Valley."
Wimpy's will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
According to MouthbySouthwest, a food blog focused on East Valley restaurants, Walters opened Pittsburgh Willy’s, a hot dog concept, in 2008, and later Wimpy's Paradise in Downtown Chandler, eventually combining the two concepts.
"Thank you EVERYONE for allowing me and my family the sincere pleasure to serve you, feed you, and love you like family!!!"