Fondue eatery closes for redo, new owner

The Melting Pot fondue restaurant in Foothills Mall closed Tuesday for a monthlong remodeling project.

It is expected to reopen in early September with Kelly Cooper, a partner and area manager for the three Phoenix area Melting Pot locations, as the new owner, according to a news release.

The Melting Pot of Tucson has been a date-night fixture on the northwest side since opening in October 2003 at the Foothills Mall, 7395 N. La Cholla Blvd. Its menu features cheese and chocolate fondues, entrées and salads.

Healthy-burger joint opens on E. Speedway

Graze Premium Burgers opened Tuesday at 2721 E. Speedway, in the former home of frozen yogurt purveyor BTO By Choice.

Graze is owned by Paolo DeFilippis, and Jeff and Fran Katz — the folks behind the healthful-leaning Choice Greens chopped salads and sandwiches shops.

Graze’s burgers are made from antibiotic- and hormone-free Niman Ranch beef, and there is a grass-fed beef option on the menu. The restaurant also offers double-fried Kennebec potatoes, free-range chicken, organic sugar- cane sodas and organic soft-serve.

Graze is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Follow them on Facebook at

Raytheon wins $44M for missile work

Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems won a $44 million contract modification for design, development and engineering analysis related to improvements to the AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missile system for the U.S. and allied nations.

The contract includes upgrades to the AIM-9X control system and other guidance and electronic components, including hardware development and flight software, according to a Pentagon contract notice.

The contract covers work for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and the governments of Turkey, Oman, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia and Morocco.