Tucson, AZ

New Pizza Joint Opening, Replacing Closed Pizza Joint

Greyson F

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Death has a way of springing forward new growth. At least that’s often the case in the restaurant industry. When one restaurant closes down, others often sprout up. This is the case here in Tucson, where the former Old Chicago restaurant will be transformed into not only one, but two new restaurants. 

Old Chicago closed up shop in the Old Pueblo, but that was not unique to only Phoenix. The parent company of both Old Chicago and Logan’s Roadhouse filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, and when a major lender pulled their financial support the entire company started rapidly shuttering locations around the country. And yet now, the closure of Old Chicago will bring with it Doughbird and Flower Child. 

Both of the restaurants are being developed by Fox Restaurant Concepts, a local company that is also behind Tucson favorites like Zinburger, Culinary Dropout, and North Italia (to name a few). 

Flower Child has a handful of restaurants in neighboring states, as well as six in Arizona (once the Tucson location has opened). The restaurant is designed as a healthy, fast-casual option, where patrons can avoid the fatty, fried offerings of other restaurants and instead enjoy healthy greens and fresh produce. 

And with the shuttering of Old Chicago, pizza ovens are already set up and ready to go, which makes the opening of Doughbird that much easier. As the name suggests, the restaurant will feature not only pizza but fried and rotisserie chicken. There will also be a number of other menu items, including prime rib and from-scratch pies. 

As the former Old Chicago took up a considerable amount of space inside Campbell Plaza (intersection of Glenn and Campbell), there’s more than enough room for the two restaurants to open and not feel cramped. However, both restaurants are still in the early phases of development. It will require some extensive renovations on the interior, where new partitions will be installed to separate the restaurants. Each will also have its own respective patios, so there will not be any crossover. This way, for those who want to enjoy their salads in peace, they won’t be hit with the wafting of slow-cooked meats. 

The two restaurants will open in 2022, although an exact date is not yet set. The best way to stay current on any restaurant updates is to check out the Fox Restaurant Concepts website (they are also currently running a holiday special on the purchase of gift cards for any of the local Tucson restaurants they operate). 

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