Saguaro Corners from its early days. The new owners have sunk $500,000 into renovations.

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Saguaro Corners, the longtime restaurant at the mouth of Saguaro Park East, will reopen this spring as a Mexican restaurant.

It will be the second restaurant for Mesquite Homes builder Jim Campbell and his business partner, chef Gabe Greenberg, who also operate Mount Lemmon’s Sawmill Run.

The pair hope to open Saguaro Corners Ice House and Taco Lounge by April 1, more than five years after Saguaro Corners closed.

Campbell bought the restaurant at 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail in 2008 and closed it after learning that it would be cost-prohibitive to bring it into compliance with Pima County health codes.

After trying for several years to sell the business, Campbell and Greenberg decided last summer to re-open it as a sister restaurant to Sawmill Run.

The restaurant is loosely modeled after the ice houses in Texas that were converted into bars, Campbell said. But Saguaro Corners will be more restaurant than bar with Greenberg’s menu of classic and inventive tacos and other Mexican fare.

Campbell’s Mesquite Homes also is the developer of the Plaza Centro student housing project downtown.

Read the full story and more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.