Poway’s Chicken Pie Diner closing on Oct. 27

By Steve Dreyer

The Chicken Pie Diner will be closing its doors on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Arthur Pearl has owned the 1950s-styled family restaurant with his wife, Mimi, for the past 21 years. He said Monday the decision to close came after the restaurant’s pending sale to a new owner fell through.

Mimi and Arthur Pearl have owned the Chicken Pie Diner since 1992.

The Target center’s ownership has leased the space for a Luna Grill, which should be open in a couple of months, Pearl said. The new restaurant will serve Mediterranean faire, he said.

The Chicken Pie Diner was one of its first tenants when the center opened in September 1991. The Pearls purchased it the following October.

While the menu was built around the made-from-scratch chicken pies, the restaurant was also known for its chicken fingers, tuna melts, hamburgers served on “ugly” buns and hand-made milkshakes that were often holiday themed.

Pearl said his chicken soup was so well known that customers would often stop by for a to-go order that they would deliver to patients staying at Pomerado Hospital.

Memorabilia from the period covered the walls and shelves of the restaurant and classic rock and roll music was always playing. (Pearl said the memorabilia will be for sale.)

The restaurant was especially popular with young families and seniors, Pearl said.

“We had years of loyal customers, and some started as toddlers and are now graduating college,” he said.

The parking lot outside the diner was the stage for regular classic car shows. The Pearls were strong supporters of schools, churches and community groups and the restaurant’s chicken mascot, riding in a pink Chrysler PT Cruiser, was frequently seen at local parades and events.

“Our mission statement was to be a friendly neighborhood diner, serving classic comfort food and family prices in a fun atmosphere,” Pearl said. “We fulfilled our mission.”

The Pearls live in Rancho Bernardo and plan to stay active in retirement.

“First, I’m going to sleep late, a lot,” he said.

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25 Comments for “Poway’s Chicken Pie Diner closing on Oct. 27”

  1. Kathy M.

    Oh no! What a void in our dining choices this will create. One of our favorite places. Good luck in your retirement. We will miss you!

  2. Brian Heins

    Best wishes to Arthur & Mimi enjoying some deserved rest. Thanks for providing such a great place for so many of us to share a meal and a laugh with the wonderful staff.

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  4. geri

    That is sad. Now I won't have any good eating place within walking distance from home. Best of luck to Art and Mimi but we will miss your wonderful home cooking terribly.

  5. Paddy

    Could eat there everyday…. and I did for a long time…

  6. Susie

    Although I understand the reasoning, I am saddened to hear this. Poway has very few options for family style, kid friendly restaurants. Luna Grill, too commercial. Congratulations on a successful run with this place and enjoy your retirement.

  7. Julia

    My teenaged girls have been waiting to get the chance to work for you. You didn't bat an eyelash when I came in to ask for a donation for our school's auction. Just said, YES. You let us bring our group in late one night for milkshakes after a performance even though it was closing time. You all are a very generous and caring group of people. We will miss you.

  8. Bob

    While I understand the reasoning, I'm saddened that a great home-style restaurant will be replaced a pricier, commercial establishment. I wonder how well Luna will appeal……too bad.

  9. Sue Kimble

    My Family and Friends will be sad to hear this. Friends fro out of State loved this place. Best of luck to you and MIMI on your retirement. Its time to enjoy life! we will be in before the closing. Maybe tonight or tomorrow.
    Thank You for all the memories.
    Sue Kimble

  10. TonyTex

    I've been living in Poway for 8 years and only been to CPD six or seven times and loved it every time. I guess I always assumed it would always be there so I can go tomorrow…. I wish I would have frequented it more. It will be missed.

  11. Armando

    Very sad iWork there and go to mis all the food
    Cook for all everyone

  12. Mona Lafleur

    So sad to hear this. First Libby leaves and now this. I was pregnante with Chloe ( 20yrs old now) and had lunch in there the day before she was born. Been going there ever since. Big loss for Poway !!!! Am really gonna miss the best French Dip in the county!! Thank You for all your hard work over the years.

  13. Steve

    I live 500 miles away. When I visit the San Diego area, I always visit the Chicken Pie Diner. The best chicken pot pie! Where will I eat now?

  14. Guest

    The burgers were ok, but the milkshakes were great. Thank goodness we still have the Hamburger Factory.

  15. Lisa

    This makes me sad! My husband and I had dinner here before I checked into the hospital to deliver each of my children! It kind of turned into a tradition! We wanted a last good meal before the 2-3 days of hospital food! Best of luck!

  16. Melanie

    Happy Retirement!! My son and I used to go in to the Chicken Pie Diner all the time. He's now 25 and I don't see him real often. Sometimes I went in to buy your frozen pies for my freezer. But, they weren't the same without that yummy gravy! There must have been a million calories in that meal, but who cared? It was delicious.

    We'll miss you, your hospitality and all that great food..

  17. Marti

    So sad to hear this! When my oldest daughter had an appointment in the area, we always stopped for lunch on the way back to school.
    Someone above said it the best, first Libby leaves, and now this!
    Enjoy retirement, you two!

  18. matt moore

    CPD!!!! You guys were awesome! Been eating there fer about 20 years. Chicken fingers were my favorite and of course your awesome malts. I wish I knew the recipe. Thanks for all the great times

  19. Jeff

    Sorry to see you close, but enjoy your retirement. Please make your recopies available!!!

  20. Maria

    Sad to see them go. Have a wonderful retirement.

  21. Mary Ann and John

    So sad to hear this. This was our favorite place to eat with our grandchildren, and will be very hard to replace. Enjoy your retirement.

  22. Anna

    This was one of the first diners I took my newborn sons to. They are now in 16 and 14. They knew one of the waitress and she would always come and say hello and comment on how big they were getting. Our family loved all their food especially the amazing chicken soup and mac n' cheese. I always took them in when they stayed home from school with a cold. CPD will be missed by our family and the entire community. Best wishes to the owners and staff. Thanks for everything.

  23. Denny

    There is obviously more to the story, because I have talked to a few of my friends who would have been interested in buying it, and even I would have considered it. No one seemed to know that they were trying to sell it. Anyway, it was a great place with great food, and it will be missed by many.

  24. Dan

    I will miss those great Hot Turkey sandwiches with fried Okra. It was heaven to eat there. So very sorry to see it boarded up.

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