Longtime owners of Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse are planning for a rebranding party in February to reintroduce the restaurant to the public as well as to celebrate its return to owner Harvey McElhanon who regained ownership after it was purchased and slated to be redeveloped into a resort..
Opened in 1957, Pinnacle Peak Patio is one of Scottsdale’s oldest restaurants. The restaurant offers a wide breadth of cowboy-inspired meals, ranging from the signature 32 oz. porterhouse steaks and filet mignon to baby back ribs with the Peaks’ signature prickly pear chipotle barbeque sauce and home-brewed “Sonoran” brand beers.
The restaurant is also famous for its collection of clipped neckties and various traditions, including the “well-done steak,” which entails an old leather boot on a plate when someone orders a well-done steak.
The restaurant has attracted a veritable “Who’s Who” of American diners, including the likes of former U.S. President George W. Bush, Arizona Senators Barry Goldwater and John McCain and A-list celebrity diners, including Jane Russell, Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Glen Campbell, Wayne Newton, Alice Cooper, Hugh Downs, Patrick Swayze, David Hasselhoff, Liza Minnelli, Willie Mays, Michael J. Fox and Tanya Tucker, among others.
Pinnacle Peak Patio also served as a backdrop for Steven Spielberg’s very first project ― a nine-minute, 8mm film entitled “The Last Gunfight” in 1958.
Pinnacle Peak Patio houses seven different areas that can host a wide range of events. West 40 is a bi-level room with two bars, two fireplaces and a dance floor. The Gunslinger Saloon is home to an on-site “Sonoran” brewery from which guests can have fresh drinks.
There are also patios for those who prefer old-fashioned cookouts. On top of that, inside dining is available in the lower level and the upper level of the restaurant where wooden tables with red-and-white checkered cloths are placed next to memorabilia telling the tales of the restaurant from a different day and age.
“We have been here for 50 years, and we look forward to the next 50 years, as I have never enjoyed so much as my 80-plus-hour-work weeks at (Pinnacle Peak Patio) with my favorite staff and family,” says Harvey McElhanon, owner of Pinnacle Peak Patio, in a press release.
Even though the restaurant will undergo several improvements in the next few months, it will remain open for business. It will also have a grand reopening this spring.
For more information about Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse, including hours and its menu, please visit pppatio.com.
Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse
When: Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: 10426 E. Jomax Rd., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 585-1599