The Garland Bistro closed in early June. Zemam's Ethiopian restaurant will open July 15. 

Arizona Daily Star

The Garland Bistro, one of Tucson’s earliest vegetarian-leaning restaurants, closed after nearly four decades in business.

The restaurant at 119 E. Speedway shut its doors in early June after the owners sold the building to Tucson restauranteur Amanuel Gebremariam.

Gebremariam plans to open a second location of his longtime Ethiopian restaurant Zemams on July 15, once he is finishes giving the building a deep cleaning that included replacing the carpet with tile.

The Garland Bistro opened in 1974 in a nondescript house on East Speedway. The menu leaned heavily toward vegetarian and health foods including meal-sized salads, vegetarian lasagna and liberal uses of tofu as a meat substitute.

Zemam’s menu also leans heavily toward vegetarian. Gebremariam opened Zemam’s — named after his late mother — in 1996 at 2731 E. Broadway.

See the full story in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star and see more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.