Enter local contractor, resource, and friend, Wes Rush, who had befriended Anton while building his home. “Within 10 minutes of calling Wes, he put us in touch with metal master, Kenny Wire of “Wire Fire Fabrication”, and he put together this great BBQ for us and fast.” Chef Nir recalls, “Kenny was still working on the BBQ as I was loading it with mesquite to fire it up.” And in “firing it up”, only mesquite product is used in the giant smoker. No coal at Route 62.
Multiple additional features are still in development, including: a regular music program, expanded vegan offerings to compliment the current vegan burger, and family activities in a largely undeveloped fourth space for movies or game nights for the kids while parents dine.
It was family that originally bonded the owners’ friendship while attending their children’s school and activities. Now they share a bond of appreciation for Yucca Valley and the surrounding area. Anton recalls, “I’ve been coming here my entire life, hiking and rock climbing. And while the area can seem strange to some or tough to understand, I always loved it and am so happy to have a home here.” Thibault, who also has a local residence, muses, “My first short film was about a desert trip, called “Hasta Luego”. I shot it in France on green screen using terrain footage I had never visited. Amazingly now when I look at the film, it’s clear; it was the road to Landers.” Chef Nir, having lived in Israel, South America, Florida, and LA, finishes the conversation with, “I didn’t really understand why my friends loved it here, but now, well, I get it. I really get it.”
Route 62 Diner is located at 55405 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA. For more information, call (760) 820-1562 or follow them on IG @route62diner