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Foodie freaks rejoice! Heirloom Farmers Market has soft opened their permanent pavilion at Rillito Park. The Grand Opening celebration is going down Nov. 23 beginning at 10 a.m. The pavilion is a joint project between Heirloom and Pima County, showcasing the best food grown around our Baja Arizona region in year-long weekend farmers markets. The event will feature music by The DeGrazia Band, and remarks by Heirloom Farmers Markets co-executive directors Manish Shah and Roxanne Garcia, along with Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson and director Chris Cawein. The pavilion described as "... over 600 feet of flavor," Shah comes in the size of a full city block, and will provide ample space for shopping, eating, strolling about and being entertained. More info at heirloomfm.com.


The recent restaurant explosion on the east end of Congress Street has lost its first endeavor. Saint House Island Bistro and Rum Bar served their tastes of the island for the last time on Saturday, Nov. 1. Owners Nicole Flowers and Travis Reese cited their reasoning for the closure as "... the focused concept just didn't catch on the way we planned in the burgeoning downtown marketplace." Flowers and Reese also own and operate 47 Scott, and Scott & Co, and will be focusing on those places for the time being. In case anyone was hanging on to some Saint Bucks, 47 Scott will continue to honor all of Saint House's gift cards. 


In a little news from my old neighborhood, The Driftwood, 2001 S. Craycroft Road, has punched out a hole in their east wall and put togther a nice little kitchen. The bar and lounge turned kitchen and pub is serving your standard bar fare, with burgers, sandwiches, wings and sides such as ranch fries. I have not had a chance to try any of the food, but the kitchen is very nicely equipped and the kitchen staff seems to know what they are doing, plus, more importantly, love what they are doing. In the 15 minutes I was there touring the facility, there must have been 12 to 15 orders of wings in progress. They also have local brews on tap to pair with the vittles. Stop in and check them out, or visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DriftwoodTucson) for more info such as specials, etc.

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