13 CAL dburger gb-p3 — The Samburger features NueskeÕs Maple Bacon, American cheese and Thousand Island Dressing. Photo taken at Zinburger, 1865 E. River Road, in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday Dec. 5, 2007 (cq WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2007). Photo by Greg Bryan/Arizona Daily Star Transmission #138238 MANDATORY CREDIT, NO MAGS, NO SALES

Greg Bryan
Coronet opens
On Fourth Avenue

After months of preparation, The Coronet opened Sunday in the Coronado Hotel Apartments at 402 E. Ninth St., just north of the Fourth Avenue underpass.

The café is under the direction of Sally Kane and her partner, Gregor Kretschmann.

Both have experience in the food-service industry. Kane’s father owned and operated The Tack Room.

The initial hope was to take over the historic Samaniego House, at 222 S. Church Ave. When that didn’t work out, the Coronado Hotel Apartments was the next best option.

“I was attracted to that part of Fourth Avenue,” Kane said. “It is the gateway to downtown. I feel like we are in the middle of it all. We are getting downtown businessmen, kids from the university, the hip vibe from Fourth Avenue.”

The restaurant serves an eclectic menu that includes Korean bibimbap, kale salad and a ploughman’s platter.

It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, visit cafecoronet.com online.

Daggwood Café is back,
this time on Stone Ave.

The Daggwood Café has reopened its doors at its new location, 1800 N. Stone Ave.

After disputes with their previous landlord, owners Coral and Patrick Hendon moved the eatery from its old spot at 736 E. Fort Lowell Road to its new spot last summer, but couldn’t launch until they raised some extra cash for things like a cooler, a general liability policy and other modifications required by the Health Department.

Coral’s brother stepped in with the funding after the Hendons attempted and failed to raise the money through a Kickstarter campaign in December.

The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays with a menu that includes a full-range of sandwiches and salads.

Visit facebook.com/daggwoodcafe for details.

Sam Fox earns innovator award

Tucson restaurateur Sam Fox has been named Nation Restaurant News’ Richard Melman Innovator of the Year.

He’ll get the award at ceremonies in Dallas on Oct. 6. 

Fox, whose Fox Restaurant Concepts is headquartered in Phoenix, was honored because of the diversity of his restaurant portfolio, which includes 15 concepts and 41 restaurants. He opened his first, Wildflower, in Tucson in 1998.

The Melman award is named after Richard Melman, who launched Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in Chicago in 1971. He is largely credited with creating the ideal of dining as entertainment. 

Fox’s restaurants are in the Phoenix area, Tucson, California, Colorado, Las Vegas and Kansas City, Kan. This month he will open Flower Child, which is described on his website as a “ridiculously healthy fast-casual restaurant” in Phoenix.

Zinburger serving up Barrio beer pairings

Tucson loves its burgers and beer and loves them even more when the taste is reminiscent of beer brewed and burgers grilled in our own backyard.

Enter Tucson’s own Barrio Brewing and Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar, which are teaming up to host two dinners that bring together both of their worlds. The four-course beer pairing menu includes Napa salad with TJ’s Raspberry Ale; sweet potato fries chased with Hefeweizen; Zinburger Slider with Barrio Rojo and El Diablo Slider paired with Barrio Blanco White IPA. The meal ender: a mocha Java Stout float.

The cost is $35 a person, $60 for a couple. Zinburger’s midtown location, 6390 E. Grant Road, will host the dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday; the north-side restaurant at 1865 E. River Road at Joesler Village will host it at 6 p.m. April 29 .

Blu, Alfonso team up for a midweek tasting

Unique cheese, sparkling wines, olive oils and balsamics will be paired at the monthly tasting at Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil and Blu a Wine & Cheese Stop.

The tasting is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Alfonso’s Oro Valley store, 7854 N. Oracle Road. It’s $25 a person and space is limited.

Gerald M. Gay and

Cathalena E. Burch.The Alfonso/Blu tastings are held monthly. Events are from 7 to 9 p.m.

May 21 at Blu, A Wine & Cheese Stop at the Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Convento.

June 25 at Alfonso in St. Philip’s Plaza, 4320 N. Campbell Ave. 4320 N Campbell Avenue

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