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Cafe hopes to create buzz in oro valley

An eatery with a classic car theme plans to open its doors in Oro Valley on Monday.

Husband-and-wife team Chris and Cathy Roberts are putting the finishing touches on their new Ala Buzz Cafe which will replace the now-closed Izzi's Cafe at 12985 N. Oracle Road.

Ala Buzz will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and will serve what Cathy calls "quality, comfort home cooking" with breakfast, lunch and dinner options offered all day long.

"If three people come in and one wants a club sandwich, one wants an omelette and one wants meat loaf with mashed potatoes, we can do that," said Cathy, a 30-year veteran of the food service industry, with three of those spent in the Tucson area.

The restaurant will have regular specials, including a 30-minute-or-less lunch deal for local professionals and heavier midday options for retired residents who look to lunch as their main meal of the day.

After the cafe gets up and running, Cathy said they plan to hold various car club gatherings in the parking lot.

Cathy loves classic cars. She has a 1969 Chevy Nova and 1966 Ford Mustang. She found out about the restaurant space from fellow enthusiasts.

"They thought it would be an ideal spot to have car shows and show-and-shine type things," Cathy said.

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Third Tucson Culver's set to open April 22

Neighbors near the intersection of First Avenue and East River Road are two months away from the opening of Tucson's third Culver's restaurant.

The restaurant, set to open April 22, will be owner Kevin Hart's second Culver's in Tucson. He also operates the Culver's at 40 S. Broadway Place.

A second Culver's is located 6905 N. Thornydale Road in Marana.

Culver's, based in Wisconsin, specializes in burgers and frozen custard.

Cattleman's Cafe to open in Oro Valley

Owners of the Cattleman's Cafe at the Marana Stockyards plan to open a second location in Oro Valley within the next month.

Mike McGee and his wife Cindy McGee have 1,900- square-feet of space staked out at 10110 N. Oracle Road, just north of East El Conquistador Way.

They are calling it Cattleman's Cafe 2.

Mike said the second location will serve the same cuisine as the first - a menu that includes everything from sandwiches and burgers to biscuits and gravy.

It is one of five locations that the McGees hope to open across the Tucson area within the next few years.

"We are looking to build a brand," Mike said.

The new space will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day from 6 a.m to 8 p.m.

Call 682-4319 for more information.

Now open

• Golden Coast Super Buffet at 4406 N. First Ave. opened Feb. 3 in the spacious building that long housed Golden Corral near the Tucson Mall.

The Asian buffet has a lineup of Chinese favorites including lo mein and rice dishes, and Japanese specialties from stir frys to sushi. The cost is $6.89 for lunch, $9.89 for dinner and all day Sunday.

• Forty Niner Country Club's Rincon Mountain Grill has reopened with a new menu and extended hours. The restaurant pulled out its new internationally-inspired menu - French steamed mussels, Mexican fruit salad, blackjack ribeye steak with English Maytag bleu cheese among the notable offerings- that replaces the restaurant's classic club menu. The restaurant also extended its hours to include nightly dinner service with prices range from $9.95 for a small pizza to $21.95 for the ribeye.

Weekly specials include Wednesday Night Burger Bistro, Friday Night Fish Fry and Saturday Night Prime Rib. The Grill is at 12000 E. Tanque Verde Road. Details: 749-4001.

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