Coming: Public Brew House and Coffee Shop
A new nanobrewery downtown came one step closer to reality last week. Public Brew House and Coffee Shop met its goal of raising $37,000 on the fundraising website Kickstarter on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with just hours to spare. "We intend to create a space and experience around specialty coffee and craft beer, with priority given to creative endeavor and community contribution," reads the description on www.kickstarter.com. The people behind the shop already have a location picked out—inside the Charles O. Brown House at 40 W. Broadway Blvd.—and will focus on using ethically sourced and organic ingredients. Sounds like a great addition to the growing downtown dining-and-drinking scene. Here's wishing the owners luck with this awesome project.
Borderlands Brewing Co. Expands
Borderlands Brewing Co., 119 E. Toole Ave., is celebrating nearly a year in business with a major expansion. The brewery's owners have brewed six kegs at a time for the past year, but the renovations under way will allow them to brew 40 kegs at a time. This means more Borderlands brew will be available at restaurants and watering holes across the city. Not bad for a microbrewery that got its start with three home brewers, $2,000 and a dream. The brewery is closed for the expansion but should reopen soon; borderlandsbrewing.com.
Looking for some little packages of holiday joy to jazz up Thanksgiving or Christmas? Consider Rex's Perogies, which are made right here in Tucson by Kelly Dewey. Dewey says she uses recipes that have been in her family for generations to make these delicious stuffed Polish dumplings. Her versions are filled with sauerkraut, cheese, potatoes, onions and other things vegetarian. You can find them at local farmers' markets; the Food Conspiracy Co-op, 412 N. Fourth Ave.; and Maynards Market, 400 N. Toole Ave.; rexsperogiesllc.yolasite.com.
Bigger, Better Mall Food
It looks like Fatdogs, a local hot dog cart that has some of the finest Sonoran dogs in the city, according to some, is opening a location in the food court at Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road. Fat dogs is also known for serving some of the largest hot dogs in Tucson, which should make them a hit with mall shoppers looking for filling meals on the cheap. The mall location is expected to open this month.