Friday, April 25, 2014
Tucson's only Australian restaurant will close its doors tonight.
The names of the new restaurant owners haven't been disclosed yet. But they intend on reopening the space in the fall, according to the former Aussie Cantina owners Glenn Murphy and Sally Shamrell-Murphy.
"The new pub owners are very active in the community," Glenn said. "They are friends of mine, and I have known them for a very long time."
The Australian eatery opened in the fall of 2013, and was recently reviewed by our Chow reviewer Jacqueline Kuder.
"It was an honor to bring the subtlety and flavors of Australia," Sally said. Glenn says the Sixth Avenue and UA construction made it difficult for the business. "There was a big concrete block in front of us. It makes it tougher when you're specifically a destination location," Glenn said.
Here's the official word from the Facebook page:
BIG NEWS! We can finally announce, Aussie Cantina has SOLD! We are happy the new owners are very good mates! They LOVE what we did to this space & they will definitely be open by the UA Football season! But this will be our final day as Aussie Cantina. To our faithful, long-term staff & our devoted regulars... thanks for your company! It was fun sharing Kangaroo, Sausage Rolls, Meat Pies, Lamb Chops, pints of Fosters & Aussie Sunsets with all of you! As they say in Oz ... CHEERS BIG EARS!