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El Charro's 95th anniversary means 95-cent deals

El Charro's 95th anniversary means 95-cent deals

A legendary Tucson restaurant celebrates a landmark birthday and a couple other restaurants are swinging open their doors this week.

El Charro Café, the family-owned Mexican restaurant that’s been around since 1922, is celebrating its 95th year this month, and on Friday, Sept. 15, all three El Charro restaurants in Tucson — 311 N. Court Ave. downtown, 6910 E. Sunrise Drive in the foothills and 7725 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley — will roll back the prices to 1922.

That means you can get some of El Charro’s most iconic dishes, from chimicahangas and tacos to tamales and cervezas for 95 cents. The specials will change hourly throughout Friday, with a different menu item featured.

El Charro is regarded as not only one of the oldest continually operating Mexican restaurants in Tucson but the oldest continually operating Mexican restaurant still owned by the same family. The downtown location is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The east side and Oro Valley restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Level Cup Coffee & Boba, 1525 N. Wilmot Road, held its grand opening last weekend, but the coffee/boba shop has been open about two weeks, serving steaming cups of Vietnamese coffees alongside fruity, creamy, rich and exotic bubble tea drinks. They also have a small selection of popping boba, featuring the fun little boba balls that burst when you bite them.

Level Cup owner Ken Fancher said the small coffee shop also offers French-pressed coffees and Japanese iced coffee.

Fancher said that Level is one of the only stand-alone boba shops in the area. The popular Taiwanese tea-based drink also is available at a few area restaurants.

Level Cup is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Details? Visit them on Facebook at

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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