Construction is moving along at Dunkin’ Donuts, set to open soon on Cortaro Road off Arizona Pavilions Drive.

Maynards hosting
Sear N’ Beer Saturday

There will be a whole lot of grilling going on at Maynards Market on Saturday when it hosts its monthly Sear N’ Beer party.

This one will coincide with 2nd Saturdays Downtown, the monthly downtown street festival.

Here’s what to expect:

Sear: Shorthand for meat. This month’s menu: BBQ beer-glazed pork rib tips. Sides include jalapeño corn beer bread muffins with salted beer honey butter and maple bacon ale baked beans. Dessert is peaches and cream ale pie.

Beer: Four Peaks Kiltlifter, Sunbru, 8th Street Ale, Peach Ale and Hop Knot IPA used to prepare the dishes and available for drinking.

Cost: $12 for the sear only, $25 for Sear N’ Beer. Vegetarian options available.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Where: Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave.

Village Inn restaurant will open in Marana

Village Inn hopes to open its newest Tucson area restaurant in October, this one on the same corner in the Cortaro Road/Interstate 10 corridor that once was a car lot.

Construction got underway two weeks ago at 5955 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive, where Aufmuth Motors operated a small used car lot from 2011 to 2013.

The restaurant, part of the American Blue Ribbon Holdings chain based in Nashville, Tennessee, will seat about 155 diners and is expected to open Oct. 13, said branch manager Mike Muniz.

Village Inn has a long history in Tucson, stretching back 40-plus years. It currently has three locations, 6251 N. Oracle Road, 4245 E. Speedway and 9560 E. 22nd St.

  • Meanwhile, $1 from every Village Inn Good Start Sandwich sold now through Sept. 28 will benefit area Boys & Girls Clubs. The sandwich, new to the chain’s menu, is made of scrambled eggs topped with hickory-smoked bacon strips, sliced deli ham and American cheese on toast
  • with hash browns on the side.
Dunkin’ Donuts builds new outlet in Marana

Things are about to get a whole lot sweeter off Cortaro Road and Interstate 10.

Dunkin’ Donuts is opening a shop at 8090 N. Cortaro Road, across from Panda Express. Construction started in the spring and could wrap up in about a month, said Town of Marana spokesman Rodney Campbell.  

tribal cuisine is focus of new downtown spot

A new restaurant geared toward putting modern twists on traditional Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui dishes is to launch downtown by October.

Dubbed Barrio Cuisine, the eatery will be located at 188 E. Broadway, on the southwest corner of East Broadway and South Fifth Avenue.

Owner Kulbinder Gomez, who is opening Barrio with her daughter, Shanti Gomez, said the menu is still being finalized, but the idea came from living for years on reservation land.

Kulbinder’s husband’s family is Pascua Yaqui.

“There is a such a rich culture and history there, yet very minimal representation in Tucson when it comes to the food,” she said.

Kulbinder said the restaurant is not officially affiliated with either tribe.

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and Gerald M. Gay

Cathalena E. Burch and Gerald M. Gay