Yard House Restaurant coming to Park Place

Yard House Restaurant is coming to Park Place mall this summer.

The California-born chain, which features a menu of pastas, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and steaks, plans to open in the space that was home for 14 years to Z Gallerie. The furniture store closed in early January.

Yard House, which has outposts in Glendale, Phoenix and Scottsdale, prides itself on its extensive selection of craft beers from around the country, including Tempe’s Four Peaks. Entrees average between $12 and $15 — less for lunch-sized. Steaks and seafood dishes run from $16 to $32.

Park Place is at 5870 E. Broadway. 

Willcox winery wins 2X Gold at Int’l contest

2012 was a very good year for Willcox’s Aridus Wine Co.

In late March, the winery’s 2012 Syrah won the prestigious Double Gold award in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York and its 2012 Chardonnay took bronze.

Not bad for the winery’s first vintage.

The annual Finger Lakes Competition is a blind tasting, with entries from 20 countries. A panel of 75 judges from 16 countries judges more than 3,700 entries.

Aridus last August opened a large custom crush facility in Sonoita and recently opened a tasting room at 145 N. Railview Ave. in Willcox. Details: ariduswineco.com

More wine- and cocktail-related news:

  • Catavinos Wine Shoppe
  • , 3063 N. Alvernon Way, is hosting a fundraising wine tasting for No Kill Pima County from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. A $20 tasting ticket includes six tastings and snacks; it’s $10 for nondrinkers. Although the event benefits pets, please leave them at home. Details: 477-7401.
  • Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
  • is teaming up with
  • Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona
  • for its Cocktails and Classics event Friday at
  • Tucson Mall
  • , 4500 N. Oracle Road. It’s a fashion show to commemorate breast cancer survivors and promote awareness. Which is why the models will be decked out in pink. It also includes creative cocktails and culinary morsels from mall restaurants. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and it costs $40 in advance at saaca.org or $50 at the door. Details: 797-3959, Ext. 0.
1÷1 = yummo! Sauce offers meals for math

April is Math Awareness Month, and Sauce Pizza and Wine has an equation that will earn kids free food.

Sauce, with three Tucson locations, is partnering with the nonprofit education advocate Expect More Arizona to encourage kids to do math. From now through the end of the month, kids can go to expectmorearizona.org to download a copy of the math worksheet — it’s six fraction problems, all based on a pizza pie. Complete the worksheet and redeem it at Sauce for a free kid’s meal.

No age limit was given, but we’re assuming it’s for kids in elementary school.

The offer is good through April 30 at Sauce: 2990 N. Campbell Ave., 5285 E. Broadway and 7117 N. Oracle Road. Limit one meal per child.

Taste of spring blooms at Agustin Kitchen

There’s little doubt spring has arrived.

Just stop in at Agustin Kitchen in Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, and taste chef Ryan Clark’s seasonally inspired dishes including four “Current Jars” with smoked salmon and capers ($16 for four smears with garlic toast) and a grilled Shetland’s salmon ($24) on the dinner menu.

Ham and cheese ($12) and a spring butter leaf salad ($8 or $10) join the lunch menu. It opens at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Dinner is served beginning at 5 p.m. each day. Details: agustinbrasserie.com

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.