Morsels: Tidbits of Tucson restaurant news

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:23:31Z Morsels: Tidbits of Tucson restaurant newsCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
Food truck goes Curbside to courtside

The 2-year-old Seis Curbside Kitchen is trading its mobile digs for a stationary courtside seat at Mercado San Agustin.

Seis Kitchen and Catering is expected to open the first week of March in the Taqueria El Pueblito spot at the Mercado, 100 S. Avenida del Convento at West Congress Street.

“My wife and I grew up in Tucson so it’s been exciting watching all the growth downtown,” said Jake Muñoz, a 25-year veteran of Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants in Tucson who co-owns Seis with his wife Erika. “It’s really exciting to move down there and be a part of the new downtown.”

Seis will serve a menu that borrows heavily from its catering business including street tacos and dishes that draw from Mexico City, Yucatan and four other regions of Mexico. Diners will order at the counter and get table service when their food is ready, Muñoz said.

The restaurant, which has 15 tables, could grow to 30 or 40 tables with expanded patio seating.

Muñoz said he and his wife had always planned to open a fast-casual restaurant. The food truck has been their two-year test run, giving them a chance to experiment with menus and develop a following before diving into a brick-and-mortar operation.

“We’re ready for that next step. We’re really excited,” Muñoz said, noting that his catering and food-truck business has blossomed in the past year. “We got to work out all the bugs and kinks with menus and catering. Now we are really confident because we have a menu that works and a following with people who enjoyed our food.”

Muñoz will continue to use the food truck for private parties and catering gigs.

Visit seiscurbside.com to learn more about Seis Kitchen.

Pueblo Vida Brewing
to open downtown

A new resource for locally crafted beer should be open downtown by late spring.

A liquor-license application was submitted last week for the Pueblo Vida Brewing Co., 115 E. Broadway.

When open, the brewery will operate on a seven-barrel system, offering four flagship and two seasonal beers, according to owner Kyle Jefferson.

“We want to start small and do a downtown location,” Jefferson said. “Then gradually work into starting a bigger production facility a year or two down the road.”

Jefferson was raised in Seattle, but he has relatives in Tucson. He came to the Old Pueblo for the University of Arizona and received a degree in finance in 2009.

After graduation, he spent two years working for Lazy Boy Brewing Co. in Everett, Washington before returning to Arizona.

“It is kind of home down here,” he said. “I went back to Washington to learn from a place that had great breweries. I always had plans to come back.”

The space on Broadway, once home to The Underestimated City clothing shop, is undergoing a complete remodel. In the meantime, the production set-up is being fabricated by a company in Portland and should be done within the next two weeks.

Provided everything goes smoothly, Jefferson said he would like to be up and running by mid-April.

“Every time I see something new open downtown, I get excited,” he said. “Hopefully, we can help keep that momentum going.”

Visit facebook.com/pueblovida to track its progress.

Ten Fifty-Five turns one, throws party

Owners at Ten Fifty-Five Brewing will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday with a big party and, of course, lots of beer.

The brewery, at 3810 E. 44th St., will be open from noon to 10 p.m. The parking lot area in front of the space will be blocked off for patrons and three food trucks — Serial Grillers, Kadooks! Costa Rican Fusion and Chef’s Kitchen — will be on hand selling eats.

Ten Fifty-Five co-owner Chris Squires said it has been a good first year. The brewery, running on a three-barrel system, has already had to expand its tasting room space to accommodate the high-level of foot traffic.

“We have been very fortunate,” Squires added. “Tucson is definitely thirsty. We are a glad to be a part of that.”

For more information on the brewery and the event, follow Ten Fifty-Five at facebook.com/1055brewing online.

Cathalena E. Burch

Gerald M. Gay

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