Noshing Around


Just opened at 5931 N. Oracle Road. Locally owned by Marc Panas, it serves light (and low-carb friendly) Northern Italian and Provencal cuisine, where everything is made from scratch. 887-5171.

Dillinger Ate Here

Cup Cafe in the historic Hotel Congress announces a killer dinner during Dillinger Days on Jan. 23-24. Try the mussels "Makely," the Al capon (chicken breast) and the John Deeringer (venison steak). Reservations recommended. 798-1618.

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Happy Chinese New Year. It's the year of the monkey, so go ape at your favorite Chinese restaurant. The Bamboo Club Asian Bistro, located at the rear of the Park Place Mall, serves an eight-course banquet for groups of four or more for $72 from Jan. 13 to Feb. 29; beverage, tax and tip not included. 514-9665.

Who's Chad?

Jeff Short has sold Chad's Steakhouse at 3001 N. Swan Road to Shaun and Sandi Herrington, former employees. Jeff is the son of a Tucson restaurant pioneer, Dean Short, who operated Ye Olde Lantern and Ports O' Call on the once-famous Miracle Mile. Dean was the dean. He sold Ye Olde, a dark and old-school steak and chop joint, a few years back and was running the show recently at Chad's, named after Dean Short's grandson. The Shorts sold only the business; they still own the property. Chad's is open for lunch as of Jan. 20.

Coming March 2004

Olive Garden, to Westpoint Crossing Shopping Center on the southwest corner of Interstate 19 and Irvington Road. Also coming in March: Nothing but Noodles, to the Bashas' shopping center at Camp Lowell at Swan roads. Locally owned by Tim and Lorrie Klump and Roger and Melissa Drew, this quickly growing Scottsdale franchise serves 15 pasta bowls in a variety of styles, along with eight salads, plus beer and wine. Though a fast-casual concept with $4.50-7 fare, food will be served in white china bowls.

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