North Central Phoenix welcomes two brand-new hot spots

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PHOENIX -- He's done it again! The man who brought us Postino is at it again with two brand-new hot-spots called Windsor and Churn. They're side by side, on the east side of Central Avenue just north of Camelback Road.

Craig DeMarco will tell you Windsor is a modern diner for families serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The food is fresh, full of flavor and affordable. Nothing on the menu costs more than $13.

It’s exactly the kind of place the Windsor Square part of town needed.

Look around and you’ll find all kinds of architectural salvage worked into the design concept.

If you're an Arizona State University alum you might feel most comfortable out on the patio. The chairs have been reupholstered but they were purchased for just $1 at a campus salvage sale.

While 3TV was there, we overheard the hostess ask someone sitting at the table next to us if he had submitted something for the cassette tape wall.

That prompted a walk and there it was -- a trip down memory lane to see more than 2,000 of them, mostly from the '80s, placed neatly on the wall.

That hallway leads to a place called Churn which is right next door. This quaint homemade ice cream shop screams "yesterday."

Each yummy flavor is made fresh daily and none consisting of more than five ingredients. That's what I call fresh.

Churn is a great stop for the early morning crowd. Fresh coffee, espresso and other morning favorites are offered. The muffins, cookies and cakes are made right there at the store and yes, you can taste the difference.

DeMarco says the building that houses both Windsor and Churn was actually an old drive-through liquor store. The 1940s building has actually been home to 32 different businesses that he could find on record.

We have a feeling both will call this place home for a very long time.

Windsor, 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix -- 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily -- 602-279-1111

Churn, 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix -- 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily -- 602-279-8024