Taylor Freeze Photo: The Safford Taylor Freeze is now open for drive-through service.
By Jon Johnson
GRAHAM COUNTY – The long-anticipated opening of the Safford Taylor Freeze just south of Safford is finally over . . . for drive-through service at least.
“Thanks for your patience and waiting,” said co-owner Sheryl Goodman “We can’t wait to serve (our customers).”
If you are in the area and have a hankerin’ for some burgers, soft-serve ice cream, Mexican, sandwiches, milkshakes, or just some delicious sides, the Safford Taylor Freeze is your one-stop-shop for it all.
Today is the Wild Wednesday daily special of a bacon cheeseburger combo with a small fry and large soft drink for just $7.29.
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Saturday. But for now, while the staff is still training, just the drive-through is open. Call-in orders can be made by dialing 424-2661.
The restaurant did open its doors to local first responders Tuesday for a courtesy lunch which also provided some training to its new crew members. On Wednesday, the drive-through was opened to regular customers. At the Safford Taylor Freeze, there is no squawk box to place an order, instead a team member takes it and places it for them. The customer then drives up to pay and receive their food.
When the interior is fully opened, the restaurant will continue to compartmentalize the jobs so while one person takes the order, another person rings up the food and takes the money while another person makes it.
A classic-car theme permeates the walls and the outside features LED lighting to go with the enormous new sign out front.
The Pima Taylor Freeze has been in operation for 52 years, with owners Joe and Sheryl Goodman having operated it for the last 16 years. At 3,300 square feet of interior space, the new Safford location dwarfs the original Pima spot and can fit three Pima Taylor Freeze’s inside. Additionally, there is a 1,200 square-foot covered patio for outdoor dining and an even larger outdoor area for entertaining.