Iron Chef Tucson Ryan Clark is leaving Lodge on the Desert to become executive chef/partner in Agustin Kitchen. The restaurant is expected to open in early December.

Courtesy American Liver Foundation 2012

Agustin Kitchen at the Mercado San Agustin will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The restaurant is the reimagination of the Agustín Brasserie at Mercado San Agustín, which closed in early June. Agustin Kitchen has shed all of its predecessor's French accent, going instead for new American cuisine by one of Tucson's most celebrated young chefs, Ryan Clark.

Clark, who spent his early career at Lodge on the Desert, is a three-time Tucson Iron Chef and in 2012 snagged the World Margarita Championship. Agustin Kitchen is his first restaurant venture as owner.

Agustin Kitchen, 100 S. Avenida del Convento west of Interstate 10 on West Congress Street, is open for lunch at 11 a.m. and serves dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for brunch and a late happy hour is from 9 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. It's closed on Mondays. Details: Call 398-5382 or online here.

See more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.