New: Pelio Grill Greek Cuisine and Catering
The restaurant formerly known as The Fat Greek at 994 E. University Blvd. will have a new name and menu when it reopens later this year. Owner George Markou was forced to close the restaurant earlier this year when a water pipe broke in the space above the eatery, and he's turning that into an opportunity to convert the place into Pelio Grill Greek Cuisine and Catering. The name comes from the Greek village where Markou's father was raised and where Markou spent many summers as a child. Watch the progress at peliogrill.blogspot.com.
The executive chef at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive, is making good use of this year's prickly pear fruit. Chef Ken Harvey has been harvesting the cactus fruit from the resort grounds and using its brilliantly colored juice in popsicles, margaritas and other drinks. Harvey also uses the fruit to create glazes, sauerkraut and salad dressings. Sound tempting? Call 299-2020 for reservations or more information.
Libations and Later Service at Liv
Liv Café and Bistro in St. Philip's Plaza (4340 N. Campbell Ave.) is extending its dining hours and adding a nice selection of beer, wine and cocktails to its offerings. Manager Emily King tells us the café recently received its liquor license, and the plan is to start offering appetizers and small entrées until closing time at 9 p.m. The café currently offers breakfast and lunch until 3 p.m., with coffee, smoothies and pastries available after that. The changes should take effect around the middle of October. Watch for a brunch with mimosas before long; www.livtucson.com.
New: Lulu's Shake Shoppe
The newest of Kade Mislinski's downtown restaurant and bar holdings opens this Saturday, Oct. 13. Lulu's Shake Shoppe will serve milkshakes, tater tots, hot dogs, French fries, candy and other casual foods. It will be located in a space behind Mislinski's Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery at 266 E. Congress St. Mislinski also owns the nearby Playground Bar and Lounge at 278 E. Congress St.
New: Pollo #1
A new restaurant has opened in the former Tako Burger spot on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 35th Street. Pollo #1, as you can probably deduce, sells chicken in a variety of forms, including some very affordable to-go family deals.