According to its owners, one of Tempe’s most acclaimed restaurants will close in 2022 after more than three decades in business.
Bob and Robin Truc de House of tips announced their intention to retire in June 2022. The property at 114 East 7th Street in Tempe was sold on December 15. Nonetheless, the restaurant will remain open for happy hour and dinner until June due to a rental agreement between the Tricks and the Buyer – a limited company known as 101 East 6th Street LP.
“While the Tricks are firm on their retirement plans, the future possibilities for the restaurant itself are wide open,” said a press release from Birdseye Marketing and Communications, a Tempe-based company. “For now, they are considering all options, and more information will become available as specific plans are finalized.”
The restaurant, located inside a 1920s bungalow and 1903 adobe brick house with lush patios and an outdoor bar, is a valley favorite, winning multiple awards for its novel American cuisine and generating a passionate following over the years.
According to the press release, the Tricks have been considering retiring for a few years.
“Although the final decision was difficult, they are extremely grateful to the community and are proud to have been part of such a successful Tempe business,” the statement said.
The Tricks met almost 50 years ago while working at the Bandersnatch Pub. The couple left the Tempe pub to open their restaurant in one of the oldest bungalows in the city center.
“We so appreciate everyone who has contributed to the success and unique culture of House of Tricks,” Robin said in the press release. “We have been supported over the years by amazing employees, family, friends, customers, businesses and community associates.
Robin said there are plans for festivities and special events at the restaurant over the next six months.
“We want this to be a transition of gratitude and celebration,” she said.
According to the release, Bob and Robin are eager to pursue interests outside of the restaurant industry after retirement, including spending time with their adult son, who lives in San Francisco. Robin plans to continue her lost studies in art history, focusing on the textile arts and the role of women through time and across cultures.
Bob looks forward to fly fishing and working on projects around the house and at their cottage in Payson.
House of Tricks is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday for dinner. It is closed on Sundays.