In just about every single city around the United States, there’s that one location in town where restaurants come and go, without any ever lasting longer than a few years. Here in Tucson, there are a few of those spots, but if we were to focus on downtown, it would be 340 N. Fourth Avenue.
In the past several years, a handful of other eateries and food joints have occupied the address, including U.S. Fries, Holy Donuts, and CANS Deli, but none of them managed to stick, despite the rather desirable location. A new restaurant, however, is looking to break the curse and set up shop for good. Partnering with Arte Bella, the restaurant will be known as Fullylove’s, named after the new restaurant owner, Anthony Fullylove.
Anthony Fullylove has been in the Tucson restaurant game for some time, although this will be his first foray into opening up his own restaurant. For over a decade he has worked in kitchens both big and small, including working as chef at Commoner & Co.
Everything on the menu will be locally sourced and prepared, so when eating at the restaurant it won’t only support the local staff, but also the local farmers who are harvesting the produce and meats. Some of the items you can expect to find on the menu include several burgers, made from Angus beef patties. The highlighted burger on the menu with its grand opening is The Bialy Burger, which takes the beef patty and combines it with truffled arugula, roasted tomato aioli, fontina cheese, and kicks it up with some jalapeno cheddar bialy.
There will also be vegan burgers available, so no matter what kind of eater you are, you will be able to enjoy the food. Fullylove will be bringing in some outside baked goods from Cafe Francais, including their popular Vegan Triple Chocolate Cake as well as the brioche buns.
Of course, the sign above the restaurant does mention “Arte Bella.” So what exactly is that all about? Well, the space will be, in a way, a mixed-use space. This is because there is an area behind the restaurant that has been transformed into an art studio. The studio will be used for events including popular “wine and paint” activities. And with its location right downtown, this may be a perfect way to start off an evening. By taking part in a wine and paint class, then let the painting dry while heading off for dinner or other festivities downtown.
There are also plans in the works to host some cannabis-friendly events (although that likely will be a bit further down the road).
Fullylove’s is now fully open downtown, so if you’re interested in checking out the newest restaurant to open up shop here on Fourth Avenue now is the perfect time to do so. Hours of operation are currently 11 AM until 11 PM for now (although this might change as the college school year wraps up and summer begins). If you are interested in learning more about Fullylove’s, including art activities the studio will be putting on and when potential restaurant hours might change, make sure to follow them on their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. And, if you do stop by and enjoy their food, try to drop them a review either on Facebook or on Google. The reviews for new restaurants are one of the best ways to help spread the word of a new restaurant. Especially one that is looking to survive in a spot that so many other restaurants here in Tucson have failed to do so.