Scottsdale night club impresario Les Corieri is bringing his latest concept to downtown Tucson.
Corieri will open Hi-Fi Kitchen and Cocktails in a 6,150-square-foot space — 8,000 square feet when you add in the patio — at 345 E. Congress St., on the street level of the downtown Plaza Centro Garage. He expects to be open in six weeks, he said Tuesday.
Hi-Fi, which Corieri and his Evening Entertainment Group partner/wife Diane Corieri opened in Scottsdale last March, features a $250,000 state-of-the-art big-screen digital graffiti system that flashes morphing 3-D images.
“We blew people’s minds because what we have created has never been done. It hasn’t even been done in Las Vegas,” Corieri said. “It soon will be when they figure out the technology.”
The digital graffiti will go on after 10 nightly. During the day, Hi-Fi will split its personality between daytime cozy, warm restaurant/bar serving scratch-made twists on comfort food classics - a pretzel roll substitutes for rye bread in the Rueben; meatballs cozy up to mac and cheese; and a sunny side up egg tops a burger — to evening sports bar with 35 55-inch TVs and a trio of 20-foot screens blasting everything from football to boxing and baseball.
“At night, 10 o’clock, 11 o’clock, that customer is looking for something that’s exciting, something that draws your attention and makes you feel like you have energy, so to speak,” Corieri said. “And this (digital graffiti) wall creates more energy than any light show in Las Vegas.”
Tucson developer Jim Campbell, who is developing the retail portion of The Cadence student housing complex downtown and the Plaza Centro Garage across the street, said Corieri in December signed a seven-year lease with options for 14 additional years.
“I was looking for the bookend for the east end of downtown. I needed something that would finish activating the east end of downtown and Hi-Fi is the perfect fit for that,” Campbell said.
Hi-Fi joins World Of Beer and Gio Taco, two business already operating in the retail space of the Cadence complex. Campbell said he will have one retail space left in the garage after Planet Smootie, Fed By Threads and a hair and nail salon open next to Hi-Fi in the coming months.
See the full story in Wednesday's Star.