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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Bisbee Breakfast Club Closes Tucson Locations Until Further Notice

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 3:18 PM

BISBEE BREAKFAST CLUB
  • Bisbee Breakfast Club
Tucson’s superb breakfast and brunch scene are a little less delicious this week after Bisbee Breakfast Club announced it would close all Tucson locations due to growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closure includes carry-out and curbside pickups and took effect on Tuesday.

“Through no lack of support from you wonderful folks, we've powered through the last few weeks, doing our best to adapt,” the company wrote in a statement released to its Facebook accounts. “Now, however, given the growing concern over COVID-19, we've decided it's in our staff and guests' best interest to batten down the hatches and wait this terrible situation out.”

According to the company, locations will reopen “as soon as the situation allows.”

Bisbee Breakfast Club has four locations in the Tucson area: 4131 W. Ina Road on the north side, 4811 E. Sunrise Drive in the Foothills, 2936 E. Broadway Blvd in central Tucson and at 410 N. Wilmont Road on the east side.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Southern Arizona Restaurants Offering Takeout and Delivery

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 3:04 PM

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As fear of the spreading COVID-19 virus pushes local governments to restrict service to take-out and delivery and more people limit their travel, local restaurants are getting hammered. Tucson Weekly has compiled a list of local restaurants that are still open, and how you can enjoy their food.

For information on where to park in Downtown for pickup, please scroll to the bottom to find a map provided by Park Tucson.

If you are a restaurant owner, please let us know if you want to be included on this list at tucsoneditor@tucsonlocalmedia.com.

If you know of any changes to this list, please let us know so we can update it accordingly. We're all in this together!

4th Avenue Deli (520-624-3354): Mon - Sat 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Delivery with Uber Eats, take out also available

Angelo's Pizza & Gyros (520-292-9868): Take out and delivery

Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches (520-792-1344): Take out and delivery

Barrio Bread (520-327-1292): Take out, and pay at the door with six-foot distancing insisted for waiting in line

Barrio Brewing (520-791-2739): Take out. 100 percent of sales from growler fills and Barrio Blonde cans go to support hourly staff

Batch (520-203-7370): Take out and GrubHub

Berry Greens Açaí & Juice Bar (520-367-5913): Take out, DoorDash and PostMates

BK Tacos ( North location: 520-207-2245 / South location: 520-295-0105): Take out, drive through, and delivery within a two-mile radius of each location

Blanco Tacos + Tequila (520-232-1007): $0 delivery fee on all orders of $15 or more with Door Dash. 50% off Beer and Wine with the purchase of any food-to-go order. 35% off all to-go orders. Call or use code FRC35 online orders. Take out, curbside pick-up and delivery. Online ordering.

Bisbee Breakfast Club (Multiple Locations): Take out and delivery 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Boca Tacos (520-777-8134): Take out and deliveries through 3rd parties

Brooklyn Pizza (520-622-6868): Take out and delivery

Bruegger’s Bagels (520-206-0002): Take out, delivery and GrubHub

Bubb's Grub (520-825-6510): Take out and delivery

Caffe Luce Coffee Roasting Co. (520-623-4477): Take out

Caffé Milano (520-628-1601): Take out

Catalina Craft Pizza (520-825-0140): Take out and delivery

Cartel Coffee Lab (480-621-6381): Take out and DoorDash

Carlotta's Kitchen (520-903-1922): Take out and delivery

Ceres Pasta + Bread (520-365-3500): Take out

Charred Pie Wood Fired Pizza (520-395-2232): Take out and delivery

Charro Steak (520-485-1922): Take out and delivery with alcohol for both

Cheba Hut (520-495-4719): Take out and delivery

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (520-327-0187): Take out only, menu available online

The China Bistro Restaurant (520-325-5185): Take out and delivery, Mon - Fri 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Sat - Sun 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chuy's Mesquite Broiler (Multiple locations): Take out and delivery

Claire's Cafe (520-825-2525): Take out, curbside, and delivery

The Coronet (520-222-9889): Take out and delivery via DoorDash, plus new special menus

Crooked Tooth (520-444-5305): Offering to-go beers (credit card payment only) Mon - Wed closed / Thurs - Fri 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. / Sat - Sun Noon to 5 p.m.

Culinary Dropout (520-203-0934): $0 delivery fee on all orders of $15 or more with Door Dash. 50% off Beer and Wine with the purchase of any food-to-go order. 35% off all to-go orders. Call or use code FRC35 online orders. Take out, curbside pick-up and delivery. Online ordering.

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress (520-798-1618): Take out only

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Salvation Army Launches Food Drive, Plans Food Deliveries for Seniors

Posted By and on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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With the novel coronavirus COVID-19 particularly deadly to seniors, the Salvation Army of Tucson announced plans yesterday to launch food deliveries to anyone over the age of 65 who cannot shop for themselves.

But first, they need a lot of groceries—which is where you come in. They are asking the public to donate non-perishable food and emergency relief supplies.

In particular, the are asking for juice boxes, canned food, peanut butter & jelly, crackers, water, paper towels, shampoo, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, hand soap, masks, gloves, rubbing alcohol, Ensure and adult briefs.

"This program is so valuable, because it keeps our vulnerable citizens supplied with the necessary food and emergency relief supplies," said Captain Ellen Oh, Salvation Army Tucson city coordination officer, in a prepared statement. "Any food or supply donation will help us immensely, so we can continue our mission serving the Tucson community during this time of need."

The drive runs through May 8. Here's where you can drop items off:

• For downtown and west Tucson: The Salvation Army Hospitality House, 1002 N. Main Ave. 520-795-9671. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days per week

• East and central Tucson: The Salvation Army All Nations Corps Community Center, 1001 N. Richey Blvd. 520-795-4504. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday,

• North Tucson: The Salvation Army Amphi Corps Community Center, 218 E. Prince Road. 520-888-1299. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday

• Green Valley: Salvation Army Green Valley Service Center, 555 N. La Canada Drive, Suite 101A, Green Valley. 520-625-3888/ 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Contact for registration of food and supply delivery to your home:
Call Genesis Carcamo, 520-795-4504 (bilingual: Spanish, English)

If you're not over 65 but still feeling a Here are other food resources if you're in a pinch:

• The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has adjusted its service hours and switched to a drive-by model for food distribution in Marana and at the Country Club location in Tucson. Temporary hours are below. Call 622-0525 or visit communityfoodbank.org/covid-19-update for more information on where to find food.


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Thursday, March 19, 2020

UPDATED: Marana, Oro Valley Close Bars, Gyms, Theaters and Gyms, Limits Restaurants To Take-Out and Delivery

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 2:04 PM

Marana Mayor Ed Honea - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Marana Mayor Ed Honea
Amending the emergency proclamations issued yesterday, the towns of Marana and Oro Valley have announced Thursday afternoon all bars, gyms and places of public gathering would have to close through the end of the month.

The order also prohibits all restaurants from serving on-site, and encourages the use of delivery, curbside and take out service.

The restriction does not apply to grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, food banks and several other establishments.

The move follows this morning's vote by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to adopt similar measures. On Tuesday, Tucson was the first city in the region to close bars, gyms and other businesses were people congregate and limit restaurants to take-out and delivery.

“While each community has unique needs, our goal as a region is to bring Pima County into alignment with the management of COVID-19,” said Mayor Joe Winfield. “As this crisis continues to unfold, community leaders are having to constantly reassess current guidelines and determine when to take new measures. Our County Board of Supervisors has determined that this next level of precaution is necessary, so the Town of Oro Valley will follow their lead and adjust our local recommendations accordingly.”

The Town of Marana issued the following statement:

To further protect the safety of our residents, businesses, faith-based groups and non-profit organizations, Mayor Ed Honea has issued an amendment to the Town of Marana Mayoral Proclamation of Emergency which will order all bars, gyms, and places of public gathering to close, and will prohibit all restaurants from being open for on-site consumption. The amendment also encourages the use of restaurant delivery service, curbside-service, or drive-through service, and to use other appropriate precautions so as to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19. This amendment serves to aggressively assist in flattening the curve of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and keeping our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
As of today, Arizona Department of Health Services report, seven people in Pima County have tested tested positive for COVID-19. In Arizona, a total of 44 people have tested positive. Among state tests, 130 cases are still pending and 175 have been ruled out. Private labs are testing people for COVID-19. Statewide numbers updated here.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms typically occur two to 14 days after exposure, and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. However, some cases of the virus are entirely asymptomatic. Practices to avoid infection include social distancing (of at least six feet), washing your hands, avoiding unnecessary trips and not touching your face. COVID-19 can survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on stainless steel and plastic surfaces up to three days. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pima County Board of Supes Set To Vote on Closing Bars, Gyms, Theatre, Museum and Limiting Restaurants to Take-Out and Delivery

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 3:09 PM

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias - COURTESY OF PIMA COUNTY
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  • Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias
The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote tomorrow on whether to declare an emergency and order bars,  breweries, gyms, movie theaters and other spaces where people gather in unincorporated Pima County to close their doors by 8 p.m. tomorrow. The closures would be through March 31.

The order would not affect grocery stories, pharmacies, food banks, banks and some cafeterias located inside hospitals, nursing homes or food vendors at Tucson International Airport.

The declaration would also encourage churches and the houses of worship to limit gatherings on their premises.

The board meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 130 W. Congress St.

The Board's plan to have an emergency meeting follows Tucson Mayor Regina Romero's emergency declaration yesterday closing similar establishments and limiting restaurants to take-out and drive-thru service.

Restaurants in Oro Valley and Marana remain open, with officials in those towns saying they are waiting to see what Pima County does.

As of today's Arizona Department of Health Services report, Pima County has five confirmed cases of COVID-19. A total of 265 people have been tested for COVID-19; total of 15 people have tested positive, 102 cases are still pending and 148 have been ruled out. Statewide numbers updated here.

Mayors of Oro Valley, Marana Keep Restaurants Open, Await Further Guidance From Pima County

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 12:23 PM

Tucson Tamale Company has already closed its dining room but is offering to-go service.
  • Tucson Tamale Company has already closed its dining room but is offering to-go service.

While Tucson restaurants are only offering to-go and drive-thru service, eateries in Marana, Oro Valley and unincorporated Pima County remain open, although that situation could change.

The mayors of Oro Valley and Marana both issued emergency declarations on Tuesday, strongly advising local businesses and restaurants to institute social distancing procedures, and for the latter to move to carry-out and deliver-only services.

The two municipalities' decision comes after Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issued a proclomation calling for the closure of all bars, gyms "and other specific venues stated in the proclamation where groups of people congregate" beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Romero also ordered restaurants to move to carry-out or delivery services.

“I want to reiterate that food being served by our restaurants is safe," Romero stated. "It is the congregation of individuals in a dine-in setting that is unsafe.”

While Tucson has closed establishments, Oro Valley and Marana have not.

Oro Valley spokesperson Misti Nowak said the town is following the guidelines currently laid out by the county, but are constantly evaluating its procedures.

If the county calls for mandated closures, Oro Valley will follow suit, Nowak said.

Marana spokesperson Vic Hathaway says the situation in the town is "very fluid" and procedures may change at any time.

Pima County is expected to soon issue recommendations regarding local restaurants and bars. Pima County spokesman Mark Evans told Tucson Local Media that the Pima County Health Department leadership and the Health Department’s Consumer Health and Food Safety Division has met this week with representatives from the food and beverage sector “to discuss strategies for restaurants and bars to meet the social distancing guidelines from the state and federal government and still remain in business. That discussion will inform the Health Department's and County Administration's recommended social distancing guidance for restaurants and bars in Pima County, which should be announced soon.”

As of today's Arizona Department of Health Services report, Pima County has five confirmed cases of COVID-19. A total of 265 people have been tested for COVID-19; total of 15 people have tested positive, 102 cases are still pending and 148 have been ruled out. Statewide numbers updated here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

All Tucson Restaurants Closed Except for Take-Out/Delivery as of 8 p.m. Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 2:37 PM

You'll have to get Kingfisher's seafood tostada to-go for the rest of the month.
  • You'll have to get Kingfisher's seafood tostada to-go for the rest of the month.


Mayor Regina Romero announced on March 17 that all restaurants and bars in the City of Tucson will be closed except for take-out and delivery orders. In addition, food courts, gyms and other venues where more than 10 people gather will also be closed through the end of the month.


“My top priority, above all else, is to protect public health,” Romero said. “This is a painful decision that I do not take lightly. Several restaurants have already stopped dine-in service and transitioned to all drive through and curb-side pick-up.”


Restaurants in Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita, South Tucson and unincorporated Pima County remain open as of now.

In addition to the restaurant and bar closures, the City of Tucson also mandated that all service counters and lobbies within city buildings, including Ward offices and City Hall, will be closed through the end of March, but they will continue services and operations electronically. Romero says there will be no interruption in trash, recycling, landfill, or water services; all evictions on city-owned public housing will be suspended through the end of April; and there will be no water shutoffs through the end of April.


Romero said her decision was in conjuncture with closures throughout the City of Phoenix.


These closures follow increasingly strict recommendations by the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Nationally, the virus’ cases have spiked from the single digits in February to more than 5,000 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, March 17—though this number is believed to be far lower than the total count as many people may not yet be showing symptoms and testing kits remain in short supply.


“I want to reiterate that food being served by our restaurants is safe. It is the congregation of individuals in a dine-in setting that is unsafe,” Romero said. “At this time, the best thing we can do is come together as a community and take care of each other. We’re all in this together. We will get through this.”

Fred Ronstadt, the executive director of the Fourth Avenue Merchant's Association and a former City Council member, expressed frustration that a meeting to discuss options for restaurants and nonprofits did not include his organization or many other stakeholders.

He said today's decision to limit restaurants and bars to take-out and drive-thru service was done despite little consultation with the restaurant community or coordination other local governments such as Oro Valley or Marana.

But Ray Flores, the CEO of Flores Concepts (aka the El Charro empire) who attended yesterday's meeting with Romero, said he supported the decision.

"We understand the severity and gravity of the situation you are navigating in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak and we are here to stand by you and our beloved community during this most difficult time."

Flores' letter listed a number of other restaurants that also supported the decision, including DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails, Todd Hanley of Hotel Congress, Beyond Bread, Tito and Pep Restaurant, American Eat Co., Penca, Rocco's Pizza, Reilly Pizza, Diablo Burger and others.



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Mayor Romero Shutters Tucson Restaurants, Bars, Food Courts, Gyms and More as of 8 p.m. Tonight Except for Takeout Service

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 12:54 PM

More details:
Release from Mayor Romero:


Mayor Romero Declares Local Emergency

Mayor Romero made the following statement declaring a local emergency and announcing a new set of actions the City of Tucson will be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and preserve public health:
“This morning, after consulting with business stakeholders, the City Attorney, and City Manager, I have made the determination that it is in the best interest of maintaining public health to suspend dine-in services in restaurants and food courts, and transition to delivery/pick-up only services. Bars, gyms, and other specific venues stated in the proclamation where groups of people congregate are directed to be closed through the end of the month.”


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