Local author seeks old Tucson restaurant photos, menus, ephemera for book

Local author seeks old Tucson restaurant photos, menus, ephemera for book

Rita Connelly

Rita Connelly, author of “Lost Restaurants of Tucson,” poses for a portrait at her home on Tuesday February 09, 2016. Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Have a photo of your grandparents enjoying a nice Italian meal at Mama Louisa's back in the day? Or the original menu from Li'l Abner's?

Local author Rita Connelly would like to talk to you. 

Connelly is on the hunt for materials from a long list of restaurants for a new book she has written on local institutions that have stood the test of time. 

Any person willing to share their family shots in and around these restaurants or any related ephemera will get credit in the book. All borrowed materials will be scanned and returned to the owners. 

Connelly's last book, "Lost Restaurants of Tucson" dealt with the city's classic restaurants that are no longer around. 

You can reach Connelly at connelly50@cox.net

Here are the restaurants she is looking for:

- El Charro

- Rincon Market

- Arizona Inn

- El Minuto Café

- Crossroads Restaurant

- Mi Nidito

- Guillermo's Double L Restaurant

- The Cup Café

- Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant

- El Torero

- Lucky Wishbone

- Eegee's 

- El Corral 

- Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

- Caruso's Italian Restaurant

- Casa Molina

- Lotus Garden

- Li'l Abner's

- Silver Saddle Steakhouse

- Daisy Mae's Steak House

- Cody's Beef 'n Beans

- Pat's Famous Chili Dogs

- Mama Louisa's 

- Saguaro Corners

- Anita Street Market

- El Indio Restaurant

- El Merendero

- El Saguarito Mexican Food

- Rosa's Mexican Food

- Tania's "33"

- Pico de Gallo

- Teresa's Mosaic Café

- Gus Balon's

- Robert's Restaurant

- Cork 'n Cleaver (Now Jonathan's Cork)

- La Indita

- Blue Willow

- Le Rendez-vous

- Cafe Poca Cosa

- Guero Canelo

- Kingfisher bar and grill

- Sakura

- Vivace

- Pastiche Modern Eatery

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