Five Guys adds fifth Tucson restaurant
It's hard to imagine Tucson's burger landscape without the red checkered, block-lettered sign of Five Guys Burgers and Fries splashed on a storefront.
In three short years, Virginia-based Five Guys has opened four Tucson restaurants; the fifth is expected to open Aug. 12 at 9484 E. 22nd St., at South Harrison Road.
A sixth location, this one in The Spectrum shopping center off Interstate 19 and Irvington Road, is slated to open by year's end, Five Guys officials said.
Five Guys jumped into the U.S. franchise burger market in 2010 and already has more than 1,500 locations throughout North America, making it one of the fastest growing restaurant chains. The restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Chipotle Grill coming to 22nd and harrison
Tucson's newest Chipotle Mexican Grill is expected to open in early August at 9484 E. 22nd St., in the same plaza where the city's fifth Five Guys Burgers and Fries is set to open.
Tucson is home to eight Chipotle restaurants.
Polish cottage now serving breakfast
The 2-year-old Polish Cottage restaurant is now serving breakfast.
The restaurant, at 4520 E Broadway, rolled out a breakfast menu in June that includes thick Polish ham paired with potato pancake and eggs, or Polish sausage dressed up with housemade Polish farmer's cheese. Buttermilk flapjacks are sided with pierogi and potato pancakes or you can get eggs scrambled with Polish wieners. Prices run from $3.99 to $7.60.
Polish Cottage opens at 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Details: polishcottageaz.com or 777-5407.
Ha Long Bay reopens at new location
The popular Ha Long Bay Vietnamese restaurant is settling into its new home at 7245 E. Tanque Verde Road.
The restaurant opened July 9, months after it was forced out of its home at the El Mercado shopping center to make way for a CVS pharmacy.
"We're back in business again," said owner Trieu Nguyen. "We have a lot of old-time customers and new customers coming in."
The restaurant, which got its start in November 2003, is set in the 60-seat space that once housed the casual French bakery and eatery Le Delice, which closed last summer.
Nguyen said he spent the past several months renovating the space, which is about the same size as his original restaurant.
The menu is the same, he added.
Ha Long Bay is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. Details: 571-1338
Chicken fried steak for good cause
The McCulloch-Wagner American Legion Post 109 is hosting a chicken fried steak dinner on Friday to benefit the community and veterans groups.
The $9 cost includes dessert and a drink.
The dinner runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at 15921 S. Houghton Road in Corona de Tucson. Call 762-5652 for details.
Cathalena E. Burch
Colorado brewery featured at Noble Hops
Noble Hops is teaming up with Colorado's Left Hand Brewing Co. for its July beer dinner on Tuesday.
The four courses feature fare infused and served with four specialty brews - Polestar Pilsner, Sawtooth Amber (Nitro), Twin Sisters Double IPA and Black Jack Porte, respectively.
The cost is $40, excluding tax and gratuity. The dinner starts at 6 p.m., and seating is limited so get tickets in advance at Noble Hops, 1335 W. Lambert Lane in Oro Valley. Go to noblehopspub.com or call 797-4677 for more.
'Most interesting Beer Dinner' planned at Cup Cafe
Hotel Congress's Cup Cafe is putting itself on the line by hosting the "Most Interesting Beer Dinner in the World" July 27.
Talk about expectations. But the restaurant has a reputation for meeting expectations.
The dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is part of a summer beer series that pairs innovative four-course meals with craft beers. Beers served July 27 start with Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen and end with Samuel Smith's Organic Dark Chocolate Stout.
The cost is $50 plus tax and tip at hotelcongress.com
The Cup Cafe is at 311 E. Congress St. Call 622-8848 for details.
Hotel Congress continues its series on Aug. 3 with Vermont Hard Cider Co.; Aug. 10 with Samuel Adams beers; Aug. 17 with Eastern European brews; and Aug. 24, focusing on Arizona beers.
• Meanwhile the Cup's sister restaurant Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave., is hosting a wine dinner at 7 p.m. July 26. The cost is $49 - which includes the cost of the wine, but not tax and tip. Make reservations at 545-0577.
1055 Brewing Co. to expand its months-old taproom
Ten Fifty-Five Brewing Co. has only been open five months, but already has plans to expand its taproom.
The craft brewery, in an industrial park at 3810 E. 44th St., has leased the space next door. Once they've finished expanding, the new taproom will be three to four times as big as it is now, said Chris Squires, who runs the brewery with business partner John Paul Vyborny.
Squires said the current taproom, which is open 2-7 p.m. Saturdays, can only fit about 15-20 people and even then "everyone is in everyone else's business."
"Because of our location, we didn't think we were going to get a lot of foot traffic." Squires added. "We were wrong."
The new space will be used primarily for the taproom and storage. It should be ready by September. Follow the brewery at facebook.com/1055brewing online.
Cathalena E. Burch and Gerald M. Gay