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Woody's On Oracle Has Closed

Last week was the final hurrah for Woody's, the bar at 3710 N. Oracle Road. Woody's, a staple in the LGBT community, closed its doors with little fanfare. But the owners are keeping the name and hope to reopen as a restaurant and bar in the downtown area. They will begin looking for a location this month, and a menu is beginning to come into focus, according to Mike Kramkowski. In the meantime the folks at Woody's encourage their patrons to stop in at IBT's on North Fourth Avenue and follow the Woody's Facebook page for updates.

A Beyond Organic Dinner

On Saturday, March 16, the Double Check Ranch in Winkelman will feature a six-course dinner using 100 percent local meats, cheeses and produce paired with local wines. Chef John Hall of the Bianco Group will be orchestrating the meal. "We're wanting to really emphasize our regional fare—sourcing and supporting as many local food producers as we can, pairing with local wine producers, making connections with enthusiastic Arizona organizations." Hall says on the ranch's website. Also included in the Beyond Organic event is a ranch tour and live music. Activities start at 2 p.m. and last until 8. Tickets for the dinner—including transportation from Tucson—are $110 if purchased by Feb. 19. For more info, go to

Restaurants Coming to Aloft Hotel

The Aloft Tucson University hotel slated to open in April at Campbell and Speedway will have a couple of oddly named places to get eats and drinks. There's re:fuel, which looks like it will be a 24-7 spot that's partially self-serve for guests on the go. And then there's the w xyz bar, which looks more like a "sit and stay awhile" place.

Dragoon Named Best New Brewery

The folks at RateBeer.Com have taken notice of our own local Dragoon Brewing Co. Using statistics that measure the popularity of beers and breweries around the world, they've pronounced Dragoon, at 1859 W. Grant Road, the best new brewer in Arizona. Check out the full list on the RateBeer website.

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