The owners of jaxKitchen are opening a new restaurant called The Abbey Eat + Drink at 6960 E. Sunrise Drive, where La Taverna di Gavi and Cold Stone Creamery used to be. Brian Metzger says he and his wife, Sandy, envision the new place as a casual neighborhood restaurant where diners can experience "the freshest seasonal food; impeccable, consistent fun; and a place where you can forget you're in Tucson for a while." The search is on for a chef to head up the new eatery, which will seat about 90 and offer happy-hour and dinner service when it opens in mid-October.
Baggin's Gourmet Sandwiches at 5056 E. Broadway Blvd. is moving down the street to the former Jason's Deli location at 5420 E. Broadway Blvd. Jason's Deli had planned to reopen the location—which closed due to the franchisee's financial problems in May—but Baggin's got the jump on them. The new location, scheduled to open in mid-September, has twice as many seats as the former Baggin's spot. "It's unfortunate the Broadway location did not work out, but we look forward to surprising Tucson with more locations soon," said Daniel Helfman, a Jason's Deli spokesman.
Foods like tepary beans and mesquite flour are great and everything, but what will it take for consumers to recognize and use them? That's the question the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance wants answered, and you can help. Bring any ideas that might help promote locally grown and place-based foods to the Joel D. Valdez Library (101 N. Stone Ave.) from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10. The meeting will also feature examples of successful food-branding from across the country. RSVP is requested by Thursday, Aug. 5. Call 429-1394, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nimbus Brewery is getting into the non-alcoholic-beverage business with a new line of signature sodas. The first one will be Nimbus Root Beer, and the company is looking for an artist to create a label. Log on to www.nimbusbeer.com, and click on the "Submit Root Beer Artwork!!" tab for more details.
Here's hoping Chef Tom Brunner of Brundog's Zy-de-que (4825 N. First Ave.) gets well soon. The restaurant is closed indefinitely due to Brunner's illness.