Jethro's makes way for Elle Mae's Cafe
The man behind Jethro's Little Cafe on Tucson's east side has moved his breakfast joint down the street to make way for a fine dining establishment.
Greg Seader relocated Jethro's to the old home of KG's Eastside Cafe at 8735 E. Broadway last month.
At the same time, he opened Elle Mae's Cafe in Jethro's former spot at 8585 E. Broadway.
Seader said Elle Mae's specializes in upscale dishes in a casual atmosphere.
You still have the paper napkins and the brightly-colored cartoon murals. But you also get high-end culinary options that include pork marsala, avocado egg rolls, chicken parmesan and fried, cheese-stuffed mushrooms, with entrees ranging from $10 to $16.
As a professionally trained chef, Seader said he wanted to open a place that offered quality meals at decent prices.
"A lot of middle-of-the-road people can't afford to go to the Foothills to spend $22 for an entree," Seader said.
Jethro's has continued with the same menu at its new location.
Elle Mae's is open daily from 4-9 p.m. Call 886-1091 for more information.
Gerald M. Gay
La Cocina and Fitz to help cat shelter
La Cocina Restaurant, 201 N. Court Ave., is hosting an event to benefit Pawsitively Cats from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
In addition to 10 percent of your bill going to the no-kill shelter, David Fitzsimmons, the Star's editorial cartoonist, will draw caricatures.
There will also be a silent auction that includes a large Diana Madaras canvas print and signed copies of "Julia's Cats," the book about Julia Child and her love of cats. The Decades will perform oldies and jazz.
Donations of cat litter and canned cat food will also be accepted.
Achtung! Oktoberfest in Sonoita on Saturday
Arizona Hops and Vines is hosting an Oktoberfest Saturday.
From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. the Sonoita winery is offering wine and beer tastings along with German food. Home brewers can even submit their concoctions for a contest.
The family-friendly Hops and Vines has plenty of activities for kids, ranging from games like tetherball to cornhole, to The Sober Shack that serves sweet homemade sodas and snow cones. It's got a petting zoo, too.
Entry is $10, but anyone rocking a dirndl or lederhosen gets in for half price. For more details, go to azhopsandvines.com or call 1-888-569-1642. The winery is located at 3450 Highway 82 in Sonoita.
Saigon Restaurant on Oracle Road closes
Saigon Restaurant at 7332 N. Oracle Road has closed its doors, according to a post made on its Facebook page last week.
The post, which thanked fans for their patronage, did not give a reason as to why the Vietnamese restaurant went out of business.
Saigon's domain name is already up for sale and the phone number has been disconnected.
Gerald M. Gay