Black Mountain Cafe
Your Neighborhood Diner!
Established in 1964, The Iconic Black Mountain Coffee Shop Continues it Legacy
with its fourth owners
Sometime in 1964 a Greek couple started a Coffee & Sandwich shop in the middle of the Sonoran Foothills Desert in a New town called Carefree. The coffee shops location was is in the new Spanish Village Shopping Center, the new shopping center was the first built, for restaurants and shops as a destination for the new Carefree. Since then the town has evolved and grown around this Iconic place as many well known's use to frequent such as Hugh Downs, Dick Van Dyke, Barry Goldwater, Jerry Jones, to mention a few. Tom Darlington & Kenyon Turner Palmer had there breakfast & coffee while brainstorming their visions for Carefree at Black Mountain Coffee Shop.
A few years later, in the Late 70's is when the Black Mountain Coffee Shop was created by Shelly Haight's in laws, Where they ran it for a few years, and later offered & sold it to Shelly. The opportunity came around 1983-1984 after moving from California. Shelly had the great honor to meet new lifetime friends locally, as they came and went knowing they could get a home cooked meal and good cup of coffee starting at 6:00 AM to 2:00PM Daily 7 days a week.
When Shelly decided to retire from the restaurant business after 32 plus years! she sold it to Martin & Tami Holmes. Martin a well established General Contractor in Carefree owner of Holmes Construction Inc. Martin who frequented the restaurant had heard it was to close after much discussion with his wife Martin & Tami decided to save the Town of Carefree's Oldest Restaurant, and purchased the Black Mountain Coffee Shop in August 2015. Martin & Tami remodeled and enlarged the Carefree Diner and "Made It New Again"
After re-opening it in December 17th 2015 Black Mountain Coffee Shop & Cafe's regulars know it as "Black Mountain Cafe" which brings up the fact that BMCS only serves Teas and Breakfast Coffee a Medium Roast, obviously were not a Starbucks, and no we do not have Espresso machine, our brand was created long before starbucks, We serve homemade breakfast and lunch and has been the Town of Carefree's Favorite Diner and Cafe for the life of the town. Indoor dining room seats 40 seats and breakfast eating counter seats six, outdoor main patio seats 32, and dedicated dog patio has 8 seats "Dining with dogs" is ok all outdoor patio is weather permitting.
The Holmes family are all involved in the the operation and patrons needs on a daily basis, We kept the backbone of the kitchen and heritage: Richard of 30 years retired a year after being apart of the Remodel from Old to New and help on building the diner you see today. and Gonzo of 20 years of Faithful short order cooking at Black Mountain Coffee Shop, so the food stays the same with improvements for better healthier meals made fresh one order at a time.
Most all restaurants in Carefree and Cave Creek are Family Owned and Operated, no fast food other than Dairy-Queen, north of the mountain which makes the area foods the Best in the Valley of the Sun.
Martin & Tami Holmes