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English pub/restaurant opens in Green valley

Mac's Pub and Patio in Green Valley rolled out a new menu that mines the depths of traditional English pub grub.

Mac's, which took over the space of Trivetti's Restaurant & Piano Bar at 190 W. Continental Road, has been open since October. The new menu includes the ubiquitous bangers and mash -pork sausage and mashed potatoes with gravy - and fish and chips; Mac's uses cod fillets and serves it with house coleslaw. There are also several traditional meat pies topped with puffed pastry including a savory steak and ale, and a pork and apple; and a meatless variety, the savory mushroom pie. Sandwiches and burgers include the Welsh Rarebit, the UK's take on the grilled cheese sandwich; and an all-American Angus burger. A trio of salads - caesar, chicken and spinach - a grilled chicken breast entree and seared calf's liver served with onions round out the menu. Prices run $6.99 to $13.99.

Mac's is owned by English native Christopher Macaulay, who has owned restaurants in his native United Kingdom as well as the Caribbean, said Mac's General Manager Anthony Casillas. Macaulay now lives in Green Valley.

Mac's pours eight beers on tap, all of them imports except Bud Light, and there's live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, open until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Country FOlks eatery offering 2-for-$20 deal

Country Folks Restaurant off Interstate 10 and Park Avenue is hosting its own March Madness.

Throughout the month, you can get dinner for two for $20.

The deal comes with an entree - choose between 8-ounce steak, chicken fried steak, grilled chicken or a half-pound burger - and soup and salad bar, said owner Irma Hinojosa. It's good beginning Friday and running through March 31.

Country Folks, 1015 E. Benson Highway, has been serving scratch-made country fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past 15 years. Hinojosa and her husband, Mario, opened the restaurant in 1998 in Benson and moved it five years later to Tucson. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Details: 622-8844.

Red Lobster adds wheelchair ramp

In case you were driving by Red Lobster on East Broadway near the Park Place mall and thought all that fuss in front meant they were closed, here's some good news: It's not.

The restaurant, one of four Red Lobster locations in the Tucson area, is undergoing renovation to add a wheelchair ramp. The restaurant is open during the construction, an employee said.

Red Lobster has four Tucson locations: 5870 E. Broadway; 5315 S. Calle Santa Cruz on the south side; 5061 N. Oracle Road not far from the Tucson Mall; and 11695 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley.

Now open

El Cisne, a restaurant specializing in Oaxacan Mexican food, has opened at 4717 E. Sunrise Drive.

The restaurant, owned by former PGA golfer Phil Ferranti and run by his brother George, serves seafood including sea bass and scallops along with chicken and other meats seasoned with special Oaxacan rubs.

Prices run $9.95 to $29.95 for dinner, $6.95 to $9.95 for lunch. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Details: 638-6160

We're gathering info for Easter dining

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The deadline to make the roundup is March 12. The guide will run in Caliente on March 21.

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