New restaurants on Ninth Street near Fourth Avenue ... drinking beer with dinner AND animals ... Caffe Torino opens in the Foothills ... and Pastiche closes its wine and cheese shop.

Noshing Around 

More Food on 4th

Possibly called Coronet, Sally Kane and her business partner, Gregor Kretschmann, are hard at work on a new diner in the old Coronado Hotel at 402 E. Ninth St. Planned to be a European inspired café, it will have seats inside and patio for al fresco dining. They hope to open the café in the fall.


Epazote Beer Dinner

The June 12 beer dinner will feature four courses paired with a beer from an Arizona microbrew. A snippet from the press release: "For the appetizer course guests will sample chili spiced salmon with cucumber salsa paired with a Michelada ... As the main course guests will enjoy rancho strip steak with Nimbus beer-batter avocado complimented by Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale."

Sounds darn good to me. Epazote is located at 10000 North Oracle Road at the El Conquistador resort. The beer dinner is $49 per person from 6 to 9 p.m. For reservations call 544-1705.


Brew at the Zoo

Reid Park Zoo is teaming up with Craft Tucson for a Beers for Bears event. Saturday, June 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. the zoo will be filled with brew from the likes of Ten-Fifty-Five Brewing, Dragoon Brewing, Borderlands Brewing, Barrio Brewing, and various others yet to be added will be hanging out with the animals. Along with the tasty beverages will be various "pub style" foods, animal demonstrations/encounters, live music, and more. This event is to raise funds for conservation and education at the new brown bear habitat. Tickets are $40 per person, $30 for zoo members, and $20 for designated drivers. Tickets at TucsonZoo.org or call 881-4753.


Opening Soon

Caffe Torino in the Foothills is slated to open the first week of June, located at 5605 E. River Road suite #121. This is the previous location of Rick's Café. This will be the second location. From what I was told on the phone the menu will be close to the same at both locations. For a sneak peek at the menu go to www.caffetorinoorovalley.com.


Closings

Pastiche announced via Facebook that they're closing their adjacent wine and cheese shop ending the Friday night wine tastings in that space on May 24. While they're also giving up the private dining area upstairs, the restaurant will continue operation. If you've come to rely on Pastiche for your wine needs, worry not, as stated the announcement, "We will retain our license to sell beer and wine retail."

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