World of Beer debuts
World of Beer opened its Tucson store, conveniently located on the ground floor of The Cadence student housing complex downtown, on Monday.
World of Beer, started in Florida in 2007, stocks about 500 craft beers by the bottle and has 50 on tap. The store also hosts live entertainment and serves a limited menu of traditional bar food, including pretzels.
World of Beer is at 350 E. Congress St.
Reilly’s Craft Pizza opens beer garden
The 14-month-old Reilly’s Craft Pizza & Drink is now serving 40 beers on tap in its new beer garden.
The garden opened in early October and serves American craft beers, including a handful from Tucson and Arizona, said owner Tyler Fenton.
The garden, attached to the backside of the restaurant at 101 E. Pennington St. downtown, also has eight wines on tap, and Fenton said he hopes to introduce Arizona wines before long.
To go along with the beer, Reilly’s last week rolled out a new happy hour minipizza, available from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays for $6. It’s served in the restaurant or in the beer garden, which is open from 3 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
UA-area Greek eatery ready to reopen
Months after he had planned to reopen his University of Arizona-area Greek restaurant, George Markou hopes to be back in business by week’s end.
Markou spent last week hiring a staff of at least 20 to run Pelio Grill Greek Taverna & Catering, 994 E. University Blvd., across the street from the UA’s Main Gate. Pelio replaces Markou’s other Greek eatery, the Fat Greek, which closed in summer 2012 after a flood in the upstairs business destroyed much of the restaurant.
Markou has spent the better part of the past year negotiating with his insurer and getting permits to rebuild the restaurant.
The menu includes a mix of Greek and Mediterranean salads and sandwiches that run $5.50 to $10; and dinner entrees, including a stuffed green pepper, spanakopita, lamb shank and a deep fried calamari platter, are priced from $10 to $13.
Toasting a good cause at Café à la C’Arte
Downtown’s Café à la C’Art is raising a toast for charity on Saturday.
The restaurant at 150 N. Main Ave. is pouring wine and serving light hors d’oeuvres beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday to benefit La Paloma Family Services’ 2013 Christmas Fund for foster children. A silent auction also is planned.
Tickets are $30 in advance and can be bought online at lapalomakids.org; it’s $35 at the door. For more information, call 838-9953. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Spanish-themed wine restaurant opens soon
St. Philip’s Plaza is getting a wine-centered Spanish-themed restaurant by year’s end.
Bodega Kitchen + Wine at 4340 N. Campbell Ave. is expected to open in late November or early December, manager Bruce Monroe said. The restaurant takes the place of Liv Cafe + Bistro, which served breakfast and lunch for nearly two years before closing recently.
Liv’s owner, Alek Comyford, who also is property manager for St. Philip’s Plaza, is opening Bodega. Liv’s former executive chef Emily King will run the kitchen, Monroe said.
Bodega, which will specialize in small plates and entrees big enough to share, borrows from Spanish influences that Monroe is quick to clarify are far different from Southwestern or Mexican.
Bodega — Spanish for wine shop and the name commonly used to describe neighborhood fresh grocers along the East Coast — could eventually adopt other European influences, he said.
When it opens, Bodega’s hours will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Brunch will be served beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
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set to open in Kuwait
Kuwaiti businessman Haitham Alghunaim will open the first franchise of Tucson gelato shop Frost on Friday in a desert a world away from Tucson.
Alghunaim will open a shop in his native Kuwait City in a deal that he secured with Frost founders Jeffrey Kaiserman and Stephen Ochoa in June. Alghunaim had visited the pair’s shop in La Encantada last winter and fell in love with the idea of bringing Frost gelato to the Middle East.
Alghunaim whipped up his first batch of Frost gelato last week from the shop in Kuwait City.
He said last summer that he hoped to open several locations throughout the Middle East, including in Lebanon and Jordan.
Margarita contest winners named
The Greatest Margarita hails from a place that you would expect to produce the world’s greatest margarita — Sonora, Mexico.
At Friday’s seventh annual World Margarita Championship at the Tucson Museum of Art, Julio Blanco from the Marinaterra Resort in Sonora took top honors. Last year, he won the People’s Choice award.
And in a weird twist, last year’s champ, Ryan Clark from Lodge on the Desert, took home this year’s Peopple’s Choice. Both won on their versions of the classic margarita.
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