North Fourth Avenue will get two new restaurants this fall:
• The old Coronado Hotel downtown is about to get a corner diner again. For nearly 50 years beginning in the late 1920s, a small cafe anchored the old hotel, 402 E. Ninth St., off North Fourth Avenue. It closed in the early 1970s and the space became a lounge for residents of the renamed Coronado Hotel Apartments low-income housing complex, said Sally Kane, who will open a European-style cafe in the small space in the fall.
Tentatively called Coronet, the diner will have 24 seats inside and 40 on the patio. Kane and her business partner, Gregor Kretschmann, will begin renovation work this month and hope to open the restaurant in the fall, she said.
• Tucson architect and restaurateur Jason Anderson is eyeing a pair of old brick buildings at 201 N. Fourth Ave. for a new venture he plans to call Hudson. Planning is in the preliminary stages, so Anderson is not quite sure what shape the menu will take, although he's leaning toward smoked and rotisserie meats.
Anderson plans to incorporate the two brick buildings and an adobe wall on the lot near Maloney's that will give Hudson a glass-and-steel modern feel against the dated brick.
"We're kind of building around it and inside it. We're going to take our time to restore it," he said.
Anderson is hoping to be open by late November.