Serial Grillers Going for Another Truck
With Feb. 13 marking their sixth month of serving awesome food truck grub, the folks at Serial Grillers are preparing to expand. The outfitting of a second truck has begun, and they are involving Serial Grillers fans by posting photos of their progress. When the time comes, they'll also be inviting followers for input on the vinyl art that will go on the outside of the truck. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with the action and cast your votes for the art.
17th Street Farmers Market Closing
On March 31, a local food landmark for more than 20 years will cease to exist when the 17th Street Farmers Market shuts its doors for good. We had noticed the shrinking stock over the past year, but, still ... what a shame! The market, at 840 E. 17th St., was one of the places I first saw whole fish for sale. Another good local business is gone, leaving another vacancy in town and a hole in my heart. According to Tom Kusian, president and CEO of Tucson Food Service, the company that owns the market, the growth of its other divisions (Tucson Party Rentals, a commercial catering company and a grocery distributor) requires the company's "full attention and resources."
PieZano's Open on Fort Lowell
After working out the kinks with a couple of soft openings, a new pizza joint has joined the local pie scene. PieZano's Rustic Pizza and Wine, 2921 E. Fort Lowell Road, occupies the past homes of both Picurro Pizzeria and Fresco Pizzeria. The food is currently available for dining in or pickup, but I was told delivery service is on the restaurant's radar. Check out the Facebook page for more info.
Maynards Adds Happy Hour
Ever notice how "happy hour" is rarely just an hour? Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave., is joining the extended cheap-drinks-and-food party with specials from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. All items on the happy hour menu are $7, including burgers, pizzettes and one of my favorites, poutine, in which foie gras and duck confit add some kick to the fries and cheese curds. Wine, pints and well drinks are half price as well as one of Maynards' signature cocktails.