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, 15 years later, our Cornish Pasty family has grown not only within Arizona but to other states as well! You can find us serving pasties at one of our six AZ locations open in Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Downtown Phoenix, and Flagstaff, as well as our independent (staff/friend & family owned) restaurants open in Las Vegas, NV and Boston, MA…..so go get eating and drinking!