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Iconic Palm Springs Restaurant Grand Central Celebrates5-Year Anniversary on May 5th

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Iconic Palm Springs Restaurant Grand Central Celebrates
5-Year Anniversary on May 5th, Overcoming COVID Challenges
Grand Central Palm Springs commemorates milestone with gratitude to loyal guests, staff, and a new mural showcasing the restaurant’s history

4 May 2023 – Palm Springs, CA: Grand Central Palm Springs (  a beloved downtown restaurant and cultural hub, is excited to announce its 5-year anniversary celebration taking place this Friday, May 5th. Despite the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic for three of those years, the restaurant has remained a cherished destination for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique blend of delicious cuisine, art, and special events.

Owners Rita Capponi and John Diskin expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the loyal guests and dedicated staff who have helped make Grand Central Palm Springs the success it is today.

“We are truly honored and grateful for the amazing support we have received over the past five years, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Capponi and Diskin. “Our guests have become family, and our staff’s passion for delivering a memorable dining experience is truly inspiring.”

Considering the challenges faced by the restaurant industry, where 95% of establishments close within the first two years of operation, this milestone is even more significant.

“The restaurant business is one of the most demanding, even without a pandemic,” said John Diskin. “We are incredibly proud to have persevered through these difficult times and to continue providing exceptional dining experiences for our guests.”

In addition to its mouthwatering menu, Grand Central Palm Springs is also renowned for its gallery and special event space. The restaurant regularly showcases work from local artists, providing a creative and cultural experience for diners. To mark the 5-year anniversary, the restaurant has commissioned a new mural titled “The History of Grand Central,” by acclaimed local artist Aaron Hansen. This stunning artwork offers a visual journey through the restaurant’s storied past, adding to the unique ambiance that makes Grand Central Palm Springs a must-visit destination. In addition, all day Friday, guests will be treated to a complimentary glass of prosecco with their meail.

“Art has always been an integral part of our restaurant, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than by unveiling this incredible mural,” said Rita Capponi. “Aaron’s work truly captures the essence of Grand Central Palm Springs, and we are thrilled to share it with our patrons.”

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