GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
A place named after unbearable heat, Dante's Fire, is cutting the service industry folks a break during the grueling summer months. After 11 p.m. seven nights a week, Dante's is offering everyone in the food and drink game an employee discount (20 percent off food) as well as a late night happy hour with all sorts of specials. Plus, they're are serving their full menu 'til 2 a.m. Only question I have is; Does writing about food count as "being in the business?" Dante's Fire is located at 2526 E. Grant Road and you can find them online at dantesfireaz.com.
Everybody's favorite spot in the Old Pueblo to get masa wrapped goodness, Tucson Tamale Company, is launching their third location at Oracle and Ina later this year. To be exact the new digs are going in at 7286 N. Oracle Road in the former home of Jax Kitchen. The new location will offer dine-in, pick-up and off-site catering to the surrounding neighborhoods. "Just like our other locations, we will be rolling tamales fresh daily in the kitchen," says Todd Martin, co-owner. This will be TT's second opening this year. As reported earlier by this fine publication in this very column, Tucson Tamale opened a location on Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon. For more info on Tucson Tamale, visit tucsontamale.com.
DEMO LISTEN, MAN!
Pretty cool happenings at Williams and Sonoma in La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, No. 103, this summer. They have been, and will continue to hold chef demonstrations every Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with local chefs showing the shoppers how they throw down. There are still some big names to come, including chefs from some of the T-U-C's favorite food trucks. Rumor has it when the trucks guys (and gals) are putting on a show they will also be parking their trucks at La Encantada for anyone who wants to get a full meal. If you haven't been to one of these demos they are really fun and informational and very one-on-one with the guest.
I'm not sure if everyone shares my sentiment, but it's about time! The Sam Hughes neighborhood favorite since 1926, Rincon Market, located at 2513 E. Sixth St., has reopened for business. The market endured a horrendous fire rendering it out of commission for almost a year, leaving their cult following of customers lost without them. After an extensive restoration of the space, they are finally back and better than ever. Oh Yuri, how I missed our conversations!