Tucson, AZ

4 New Restaurants Coming to Town. Opening Soon!

Greyson F

Plenty of new eating options downtown.Alex Haney/Unsplash

When looking over the Tucson restaurant landscape, few new establishments opened doors during 2020. Instead, far more shut down, never to be reopened again. One of the few restaurants to buck the trend though was La Chingada. The downtown bar has not only managed to fight through the turmoil of a COVID-19 impacted year, but since the return of full-service in-person eating, the restaurant continues to be one of the busiest destinations in Tucson. And now, the owners of the restaurant have decided to not only double down on their downtown investment but quadruple down. 

This is because owners German Fuentes and Daniel Cordova have decided to take advantage of their downtown success and open up four new restaurants throughout the downtown area. 

If you’ve been downtown at all (and managed to avoid the construction and roadwork), you may have noticed work going on at the old Cafe Poca Cosa. The cafe, which shut down at 110 East Pennington Street, is in the middle of a renovation. Once complete, La Chingada will move into this location. While most restaurant owners wouldn’t move their business to a new location while at peak popularity, Fuentes and Cordova saw potential in this location, as it will have a large outdoor seating area, as well as nearby parking. 

Besides the relocation of La Chingada, the duo is prepping 61 East Congress Street for their street tacos joint, dubbed “The Neighborhood Cocina and Cantina.” The restaurant will not only specialize in a variety of street taco options, but guests will also find a plethora of micheladas on the menu. 

You might wonder what will happen to the current La Chingada restaurant, located at 31 North Scott Street, once it makes the full move over to East Pennington. Ownership of the location will remain, although it will be converted into an oyster bar called La Cruda. Tucson does have a lacking of oyster bars around town, so for those who frequent downtown and have been craving fresh seafood and plates of oysters, La Cruda will likely be a welcome addition to the restaurant lineup. 

Lastly, the pair have plans on opening not only a raspados joint at 124 East Congress, but there will also be an indoor playground on site. This way, parents with children who work downtown or who are stopping in the neighborhood for one reason or another will be able to beat the heat, enjoy a refreshing raspado, and let their children play inside. The exact design or what will go into the playground has yet to be announced, but for parents looking for things to do during the hot summer months here in Tucson, this may be a welcome addition. 

To help pay for the renovations and the new restaurants, the Rio Nuevo Board approved $450,000 of monetary assistance.

All of the restaurants have plans on opening either by the end of the year or by early 2022. 

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