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Tucson airport welcomes back El Charro and adds a second Beyond Bread
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Tucson airport welcomes back El Charro and adds a second Beyond Bread

A second outpost of Beyond Bread opened last weekend at Tucson International Airport, one of four new restaurants added to the culinary lineup of the airport’s $28 million “A Brighter TUS” project, now a year in the works.

The second Beyond Bread is along Concourse B, which also welcomed Bruegger’s Bagels and Built Custom Burgers — two of three national chains coming to the airport; Dunkin’ Donuts is in the wings — and El Charro Cafe, making its return to the airport after a 20-year absence.

The four join Noble Hops, Empire Pizza and Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, which opened since November.

With the exception of California-based Built Custom Burgers, which opens at 9:30 a.m. daily, the restaurants open at 4 a.m.

Still to come: Thunder Canyon Brewery and a bar inspired by The Maverick Live Country Club.

Illegal Pete’s
opening near ASU

The UA-ASU rivalry continues, this time over a Mission-style burrito and a cold one.

Illegal Pete’s, the Colorado Mexican restaurant with a SoCal-inspired menu and laid-back vibe, is opening a restaurant on Tempe’s Mill Avenue, in the shadow of Arizona State University.

Back in December 2015, the restaurant opened its first Arizona restaurant on University Boulevard, in the shadow of the University of Arizona. The opening prompted protests over its name — some people say it disparages Mexicans and muddies the waters in the immigration debate — even though Illegal Pete's has been around since 1995, long before the immigration issue came to a boil. The name actually is a nod to founder Pete Turner's father, a self-proclaimed hell-raiser.

In the arena of one-upmanship, UA wins the Illegal Pete’s round not only because the restaurant came to Tucson first but we also hold the distinction of being Illegal Pete’s first and only restaurant outside of its Colorado birthplace.

Is there a Territorial Cup for that?

The Tempe Illegal Pete’s will open before the fall 2018 semester, company officials said.

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

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