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2014-04-24T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:21:36Z Restaurant news Arizona Daily Star
Hi Fi opening tonight; DJ duo plays Sunday

Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails is opening its Tucson outpost downtown tonight, offering chef-crafted food, adult milkshakes and beer floats.

It’s the latest eatery/bar to open in the now bustling Congress Street entertainment corridor. Hi Fi, which has a year-old sister in Scottsdale, takes up 8,000 square feet of Plaza Centro complex at 345 E. Congress St. By day, it’s a restaurant serving salads, burgers and small plates, priced from $6 to $16, with 35 HDTVs airing all manner of sports.

At night, it morphs into a 21-and-older thumping, bumping club with a high-tech digital graffiti wall flashing nonstop 3-D images. Patrons are carded and a dress code — no excessively baggy pants, athletic wear, head gear, sandals or sneakers — is imposed at night, usually beginning around 9 p.m.

On Sunday, the electronica DJ duo of Caked Up will perform around 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Hi Fi will open at 8 p.m. today. Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, when they serve brunch. Details: hifibars.com or 268-9110.

Fondue and hairdos: Melting Pot hosts ladies night

How’s this for an evening out with the ladies:

Five-minute massage, mini-manicure and polish change, a little up-do on the hairdo, some tweaks on the eyebrows, lip color and cheeks.

That’s not all:

Throw in a three-course dinner — entree, cheese and chocolate fondue — and you have the Melting Pot’s “Doll Up Ladies Night Out.” The spa treatment is courtesy of a stylist while the food is a toss up between the Foothills Mall restaurant and you. That’s the beauty and curse of fondue; you have to cook for yourself.

Ladies Night begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday — it’s held the last Wednesday of every month — at the Melting Pot, 7395 N. La Cholla Blvd. The cost is $27 per person. For more information, visit meltingpot.com/tucson or call 575-6358 

A Wine to Remember
to benefit Alzheimer’s group Sunday

Recipe for elegant reception: One part spectacular scenery combined with equal parts exquisite wines and tantalizing hors d’oeuvres.

Fold in live entertainment and an auction and top with benefitting a good cause and you have ample excuse to plunk down $50 a person, $80 a couple for the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter’s annual Wine To Remember fundraiser at Hacienda del Sol.

It’s from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. Details: 322-6601.

Sushi restaurant planned for Hub student housing

The residents of the new student housing complex The Hub at Tucson won’t have to go far for sushi.

Sushi Station 1 will occupy 3,000 square feet of the project’s 7,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the 592-bed student complex, according to Volk Company Commercial Real Estate, which represents property owner Core Campus Tucson. 

The Hub, 1011 N. Tyndall Ave., is still under construction. It’s expected to open before the fall semester begins in August.

No details on when the restaurant will open. The owner could not be reached for comment.

Tanque Verde corridor shows off culinary wit

There’s some interesting eats on East Tanque Verde Road and for a few hours on Saturday, you can sample a few of them for a good cause.

Taste of Tanque Verde will spotlight the culinary prowess of and wine from restaurants including Old Pueblo Grille, Zona 78, Zinburger and Saguaro Corners. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Forty-Niners Country Club, 12000 E. Tanque Verde Road.

The cost is $40 a person, $70 a couple; call 270-5357. Proceeds benefit Tanque Verde Schools’ Education Enrichment Foundation.

Juice bar/restaurant replaces Umi Star
on North Campbell

Local architect and restaurateur Jason Anderson is giving the location at 2502 N. Campbell Avenue another shot.

Last Friday, Anderson opened Goodness, a fast-casual, healthy food concept that focuses on sandwiches, salads, wraps, fresh-pressed juices and power shakes.

Anderson closed his first concept at that spot, the Asian-fusion restaurant Umi Star, in January after an 18-month run.

The University of Arizona alum said he and the rest of his team have learned from their mistakes.

“Campbell Avenue is very commuter-based,” Anderson said. “It is one of our main arteries. That is why we suffered with Umi Star, with being able to park people and do a true restaurant.”

Anderson said Goodness is geared toward Tucsonans who only have a 30-minute lunch window or who need to pick up their meal and go.

“We wanted something where we could get people in and out,” he said. “At the same time, we wanted to provide something that was healthy and tasted good.”

Among the drink selections are fresh-pressed juices and power shakes, including The Hot Tropic, which comes with pineapple, banana, mango, coconut milk, coconut butter, chia seeds, dates, mint honey and vanilla.

The restaurant’s food side of the menu features sandwiches ranging from albacore tuna to turkey, pesto and goat cheese and a quinoa salad with organic quinoa, spring mix, non-GMO corn, red bell peppers, cilantro, pickled onion, avocado, sun dried tomatoes and a chipotle vinaigrette.

Goodness is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit facebook.com/goodness2502 for more information.

Cathalena E. Burch

and Gerald M. Gay

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