Pastiche closes wine shop, still sells wines

Pastiche Modern Eatery closed its in-house specialty wine shop early this month.

Owner Patrick Connors said it was becoming too economically challenging to operate the 3,000-square-foot shop that specialized in cheese, gifts and hundreds of wines. The shop was in a space next to the 15-year-old Pastiche Modern Eatery, 3025 N. Campbell Ave.

"We still have a little wine shop but it's inside of the restaurant," Connors said. "And we still sell wine to go."

Pastiche is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

• This month Pastiche is hosting Philanthropy with Phlavor, a fundraising event for Reveille Men's Chorus. It's easy: Ask your server to designate 5 percent of your purchases to Reveille Men's Chorus. The campaign continues through June.

Now open

The Breakfast Club and Cafe has opened at 1423 W. Miracle Mile.

On its Facebook page, the restaurant is described as a scratch kitchen serving "breakfast you won't find anywhere in town" and "sandwiches piled high." It says the burgers are grilled on mesquite and they make their pizza Chicago style.

Starr Pass restaurant hosting wine class

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa is offering a class on the complexity of wine and how it complements food.

The class takes place Saturday at the resort's Primo Restaurant, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. The cost is $30 and includes five samples of wine paired with appetizers and comments from the resort's sommeliers.

Call 791-6071 to reserve a spot. The class is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

$16 dinner for two at CHoice Greens restaurants

Here's one good thing about dining at Tucson's two Choice Greens restaurants: less guilt.

Just how bad can you beat yourself up over a fresh greens salad.

Here's another: This summer, you can get dinner for two for $16. Choose between customized chopped salads, classic salads, sandwiches or paninis or macaroni and cheese with add-ins. The deal, which includes soft drinks, is good through Sept. 2.

Choice Greens is at 2829 E. Speedway and 4205 N. Campbell Ave. Details:

Summer hours, new menu items at Maynards

Maynards Market & Kitchen has shifted into summer mode, tweaking its hours of operation and imbuing its menu with seasonal freshness.

The lighter flavors also match what Maynards describes as lighter prices. Examples: $8 for a chilled watermelon soup dressed up with olive oil and Lusby's Honey; $11 for a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich served on a locally baked toasted ciabatta roll; and $23 ($16 for lunch) for duck confit sided with French green lentils tossed with smoked grapes, grilled radicchio, haricot vert and crème fraiche and paired with a salad of pickled fennel, cherries and beets with fried leeks and a foie gras-mustard vinaigrette.

Maynards Kitchen is at 400 N. Toole Ave. Details, including summer hours, at

Uncork wine deals at Romano's Macaroni Grill

Romano's Macaroni Grill is offering half-priced wine by the bottle or glass.

The deal, good daily through Aug. 25, means you can score bottles for under $14 that normally cost$28 and glasses for under $3 that normally go for $6.

Macaroni Grill has two Tucson locations: 5100 E. Broadway and 2265 W. Ina Road. Details:

REd Lobster remodels two Tucson outposts

You probably noticed that your neighborhood Red Lobster restaurant has suddenly taken on distinctive New England air about it.

That's because the national seafood chain recently remodeled two of its four Tucson outposts - 5870 E. Broadway and 5061 N. Oracle Road - in a style inspired by the New England coast. The outside is anchored by a stone tower festooned with ship lanterns and Adirondack-style chairs on the patios.

All four of the Tucson eateries join the other 700-plus Red Lobster restaurants in a menu makeover that positions Red Lobster to be more family-affordable. The menu significantly increases the number of items priced below $15 and bumps up the number of non-seafood selections.

The other Tucson-area Red Lobster locations are 11695 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley and 5315 S. Calle Santa Cruz. They are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays though Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Details:

Cathalena E. Burch