Noshing Around

Café a La C'Art Expands

Café a La C'Art, the restaurant inside the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., has taken over four additional rooms and will soon begin offering longer hours and bar service. Managers tell us one room will contain a bar—the liquor license should be approved soon—while the other three rooms have already been converted into dining areas. Watch for new weekend hours in January, and dinner hours and cocktails in the early spring;

Coming Soon: More Asian Buffets

We'll soon have two more Asian buffets in town. Co-owner Daniel Lu says the new U Like Buffet at 330 S. Wilmot Road should open in mid-January; another location is expected to open in March at 5101 N. Oracle Road. Lu says both locations will feature sushi, hibachi-style dining, a salad bar, all-you-can-eat Chinese and Japanese food, and a few American dishes.

Al Fresco!

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, 135 S. Sixth Ave., is adding an outdoor dining area. "We've been excited to build this patio since we opened last year," owner Janos Wilder said in a press release. "It will complete the restaurant and enliven our streetscape." About half of the patio will be an extension of the indoor bar; the rest will be reserved for additional seating. Wilder is also having heaters installed to ensure the area is comfortable on chilly evenings. The area should be completed later this month.

Reopened: Home Den

The Home Den bar, at 2607 N. First Ave., has reopened after a lengthy closure. This little gem is a local drinking hole that goes way back, but the owners have breathed a bit of new life into the aged building, thanks to a complete remodel of the interior. The bar will also start serving food when the kitchen opens in the coming months.

New: Jalopy's Grillville

Jalopy's Grillville has opened at 4230 N. Oracle Road, No. 100, in the old Joe Mama's Grill spot. The place serves hamburgers, pizza and other things, and has a hot-rod theme that should appeal to all the gearheads out there. Jalopy's also brews its own beer—including lager, brown ale, IPA and cream ale—and delivery service for pizza and beer should be available soon;

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