The Low Carb Mall located at 4490 N. First Ave. closed when the low-carb craze crashed and burned, but Chuy's opened in the space when it was uprooted by the new Trader Joe's on Campbell Avenue and Limberlost Drive. The recently opened Bombay Grill at 2510 E. Grant Road closed after too-few months, but a sign on the door says it will be reopening soon under new ownership. Phoenician at River and Craycroft roads closed, but I've heard rumors it may open in a new location. Chances BBQ on Stone Avenue, formerly the Oasis vegetarian restaurant, has closed its doors and reopened as Casa Vicente.
Recently opened at 375 S. Stone Ave., Casa Vicente has an owner, Vicente Sanchez, who is a risk-taker. Not only because he signed a five-year lease, but because when he and his family wanted a change of lifestyle, they bought a boat and sailed around for three years. Now they're landlocked in Tucson. This all-around guy also owns a local urban planning business and has cooked for restaurants in Madrid, Miami and New York City. With so much to keep him busy, he looks forward to creating Spanish tapas and other delights (viva sangria!) for hungry audiences. Open Tuesday-Friday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Wednesday-Saturday for dinner from 5:30 to 11 p.m.; starting May 22, Sanchez introduces a jazz-and-literature Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 884-5253.
Carl's Jr., known for contributing large sums of money to right-wing causes, will air ads showing the Internet's most-frequently-searched keyword and amateur sex video goddess, Paris Hilton. She'll be wearing a one-piece thong bathing suit, holding (not eating) a $6 spicy BBQ chicken sandwich while washing a Bentley. According to Adweek
, "Paris was chosen to star in the ad because she is an intriguing cultural icon," said Brad Haley, Carl's marketing chief. Airing begins May 19.