Looks Bar and Grill (in the former Gus & Andy's location at 2000 N. Oracle Road) will feed 200 people during a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Looks is the first restaurant/sports bar endeavor for the Pavon and Zanzucchi families, who also own Curves Cabaret and Raiders Reef Exotic Dancing.
According to John and Sharon Davis, owners of the newly opened Paco's Tropical Café, theirs is the only place in Tucson with beachside seating and an ocean view. Former owners of La Fuente, the Davises wanted to exercise their playful let's-only-be-open-for-breakfast-and-lunch side. Monday through Saturday, breakfast is served from 6-11 a.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday brunch is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5819 N. Oracle Road (formerly Bray's), 293-0137.
Around mid-January 2005, Kingfisher will open Bluefin Seafood Bistro in the former Millie's Pancake Haus at the Casa Adobes Plaza, on the southwest corner of Ina and Oracle roads.
Jeff, a Noshing reader, wants to know what restaurants permit BYOB. Readers: Please help me out. E-mail the specifics, and I'll share the wealth here.
Join Slow Food Tucson on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. for a festive Mexican family tradition of tamale-making at Teresa's Mosaic Café, on the northwest corner of Grant and Silverbell roads behind McDonald's. Executive Chef David Matias will demonstrate and talk about the tradition; then make your own. Dinner includes tamales with rice, beans, chips, salsa and a no-host bar. The cost is $35; send checks by Nov. 30, payable to Slow Food Tucson, c/o Barry Infuso, 7166 E. Chorro Circle, Tucson, AZ 85715.
Catherine Hay, national sales director for Duval Leroy, a woman-run champagne house, joins Soleil for an intimate four-course tasting dinner on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person; RSVP at 299-3345.