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Grand Central Palm Springs Art Gallery Setting features work by Spanish-Brazilian Artist Maria Eugenia Casuso

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Grand Central Palm Springs
Art Gallery Setting features work by
Spanish-Brazilian Artist Maria Eugenia Casuso
along with works by local artists
Georgeanne Papac and Gary Paterson

Artist Reception and Party Wednesday, January 18: 6pm

New 2023 Hours:
Breakfast 7-Days-A-Week: 7:30am – 3pm
“Nibbles & Bites” Tapas Menu Daily 3pm – 5pm
Dinner, Wednesday through Sunday: 5pm – 9pm

“Tequila Thursdays” offers wide range of
high end Mezcal food & drink

“Tasting Menu” for Dinner Offers Three of your favorites together!

“It’s always Grand Central Time”

11  January 2023 – Palm Springs, CA: EST? PST? What time is it? The answer is #GCT-PS — “Grand Central Time” — at the iconic Grand Central Palm Springs ( for breakfast, brunch, munch, lunch, “nibbles and bites”, creative cocktails and casually elegant dinner.  On Wednesday, January 18 (6pm – 8pm) Grand Central hosts a special reception to highlight their new “Tasting Menu”, “Tequila Thursdays” offering a wide range of  high end Mezcal food & drink, and unveil the first of the year’s featured artists in their special event and party space:  work by the late Spanish Brazilian artist Maria Eugenia Casuso.

“2023 is off to a great start, and people clearly are ready to be back in classic Palm Springs style,” said Rita Capponi, founder and co-owner of Grand Central noting that Grand Central was just named one of Yelp’s Top 100 Brunch Spots in California. “Palm Springs has a unique, casual but sophisticated clientele, and that’s the sort of experience we offer at Grand Central, including a dining room and special event space filled with art.”

Along with the Mid Century Modernist colorful geographic work of the late Maria Eugenia Casuso, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2008, Grand Central’s gallery space continues to feature work by two local artists: Georgeanne Papac and Gary Paterson. All of the work is on sale, with 10 % of all sales from Casuso’s work benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

“As they used to say at our namesake Grand Central Station in New York City, ‘meet us under the clock’,” said co-owner and founder John Diskin. “After three years of COVID enforced restrictions, people are ready to mix, mingle and make up for lost time. We’re seeing a real bounce in requests for special events, including weddings and parties, for which our art gallery space is perfectly suited.”

With a patio, dining room and bar long known as the place “to see and be seen” by Palm Springs and Hollywood’s weekend glitterati, Grand Central also boasts a true “hidden gem”: its spacious special event space, complete with separate entrance, for the perfect Instagram-able wedding, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, birthday or business gathering.  In addition to its artistic backdrop, the spacious “Art Gallery” special event space can comfortably accommodate 150 for a seated dinner or over 200 for standing cocktail reception. Additionally, Grand Central is open for a full buyout of the restaurant with the “Art Gallery” room set up for dancing either with live music or a DJ. 

What makes Grand Central Café Palm Springs unique?

“Our brunch is very much based on California cuisine with influences of the coffee cafe culture of Auckland, New Zealand, Dublin, Ireland and Melbourne, Australia,” John explains. “Our goal and our mission are to bring those flavors to Palm Springs.”

“For dinner, we expand our offerings to bring a fine dining experience in a more casual and relaxed environment,” says Rita, known for her personalized touch as hostess and creator of Grand Central’s iconic and seasonally changing “Book Holiday Tree” in the main dining room. “Good food doesn’t have to be overly complicated, and lovely surroundings don’t have to be stuffy. At Grand Central, we stand for approachable elegance.”

Why the name Grand Central?

“In cities and train stations throughout the years, people have been meeting ‘under the clock’,” explains John. “Grand Central’s iconic clock is a reminder to take a breath. Take some time to relax and enjoy innovative food and drink at our table.”

“Most importantly,” reiterates Rita. “Take some time to be with family and friends.”

Grand Central opened in May of 2018 after extensive renovations to the previous Palm Springs Institution, Desmond’s Department Store. After sitting vacant for over a decade, owners and husband and wife, John and Rita, revitalized and reimagined the space as a place for friends to gather and share good conversation, great cocktails, and a wonderful meal. The space was updated to a modern open concept with a large opening to the kitchen that helps bring the restaurant to life and ensures a one-of-a-kind experience, voted “Best of the Valley” 2020 by the Desert Sun

Grand Central is open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch: 7:30am ‘til 3pm. Wednesday through Sundays, “Nibbles & Bites” is served at the bar 3pm ‘til 5pm and dinner 5pm ‘til 9pm including the popular new “Tasting Menu” featuring three appetizers, three entrée selections, dessert and a special wine pairing. For more information or for special events call (760) 699-7185. Reservations at