Cornwall native Dean Thomas founded the Cornish Pasty Company back in January 2005 opening the Tempe, Arizona location. Dean has always been a huge pasty fan and confesses to eating at least five pasties a week when he was growing up in Saltash, Cornwall. Dean still remembers every Friday he would go over to his ‘Nans’(Grandmas) house for pasties. Apparently “They were bloody ansome!”
The great news for Dean, and for Arizona, was that as soon as the restaurant opened in Tempe it was a roaring success. Yes, there’s always a friendly atmosphere and a great beer to be had at the bar, but the real secret to success was sticking to the original Cornish ingredients for the ‘Oggie’, the classic pasty that is still savored in Cornwall and all over the UK today. There are many other options on the menu, from Shepherds Pie to Carne Adovada, with 90% of them created by Dean himself. Dean’s creativity started with the fact that American diners want choices, and it also made it fun for him as a chef to expand the idea of what could go inside a pasty!
Today we are serving pasties in our Tempe and Mesa locations, and will soon open independent (staff/friend and family owned) Cornish Pasty Company restaurants in Las Vegas, Scottsdale and Phoenix. With plans for more once the funds from the aforementioned start coming in..so get eating and drinking!