Grand Central is a restaurant offering Contemporary American dining 7 days a week for our neighbors and visitors to Palm Springs. We are centrally located in the historic La Plaza shopping center in mid-town Palm Springs, walking distance from the Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs Art Museum, the Hilton and Hyatt hotels. And every Thursday, we are in the midst of the VillageFest farmers market.
We are housed in the site of Palm Springs’ original department store, Desmond’s, which opened in 1936. Grand Central combines elements from historic elements of pre-Modernism (including its prominent octagonal clock) with 21st century styles to create a warm, inviting and one-of-a kind social dining experience. You’ll discover multiple distinct dining areas, including a large dining room, full bar/lounge area, patio dining space and a separate dynamic event space available for public or private events. (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE HISTORY)
Our Restaurant Team
General Manager, Partner
Aaron has worked in the hospitality, food and beverage industry for over 23 years. Aaron started his career as a chef, developing menus, managing the kitchen before moving into the general manager part of the business.
Prior to moving to Palm Springs, Aaron worked in a management for Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Houlihan’s and Chili’s Restaurants. More recently, he was the General Manager of Elephant Bar restaurants during which time he opened 13 locations, hired over 600 employees and trained new general managers.
Before joining The Grand Central Team, Aaron was general manager of two iconic Palm Springs restaurants.
Aaron is originally from Kansas City Missouri. He now lives full-time in Palm Springs with his wife, SuLing and their two children Jailyn and Conner.
Operations and Finance
John’s background is in IT including operations, finance and logistics. He managed IT processes at several established companies but his passion was in Silicon Valley’s IT start-ups, Facebook, Palm, Google and eBay.
Prior to his MBA and working in IT, John was a store executive at Macy’s, worked in the buying offices of Macy’s and Brooks Brothers.
Since moving to Palm Springs, John and his wife took a mid-century house to its studs that was featured in a Palm Springs episode of House Hunters. He also managed several events for the Chef Garces Group, food and beverage outsourcer, at the Saguaro.
Our chef has created a menu of inspired offerings for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We begin by offering breakfast all day long from 8am to closing. Enjoy the flatbreads or sharable plates. For lunch or dinner try the Grand Central Burger with our own blend of beef, lamb and bacon or any of his takes on classics like pumpkin ravioli. The flavors are classic with a his own touch of contemporary. Grand Central provides a varied menu full of comfort-inspired American dishes for any time of day, appealing to a sense of familiarity with a contemporary twist. We hope you’ll enjoy it.
When it’s time for events or to enjoy quality beer and cocktails,we hope you feel it’s time to visit for Grand Central. Grand Central is the perfect spot for socializing with good friends while enjoying a shared experience of tasty food and drinks. Contact us about booking your private event, wedding or special celebration.
From a variety of quality Lavazza Italian Coffees to signature cocktails and hand-selected beer, there’s no shortage of drink options at Grand Central. The menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items that will fill your belly and warm your soul with quality ingredients crafted with creativity and love to create a delightful experience at an affordable value.
Visit Grand Central in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs, where it’s always time for great times.