Tucson, AZ

New Fire-Infused Restaurant Opening in Downtown

Greyson F

A new fire-infused restaurant is opening downtown soon.Anton Darius/Unsplash

For anyone who has attempted to drive through downtown Tucson in recent months, they probably found themselves in bumper-to-bumper traffic and orange traffic cones blocking off entire lanes. Construction has been going on in Tucson for the better part of the last several years, and while it has made it difficult at times to navigate the city, it has helped bring in new buildings as well as new restaurant opportunities. So for those who don’t mind battling through some of the construction dust, a new restaurant is set to open downtown. 

Called BATA, the new restaurant is moving into the Warehouse Arts District. The space, which, as the district name suggests, was formerly an expansive warehouse, will now be used to serve patrons. It is an expansive space with high ceilings. For those who enjoy the industrial look, this will be a fun atmosphere to take in. 

This particular area off of Toole Avenue is already home to Borderlands Brewing Company. So for those individuals who frequent the area but want a spot to sit down and eat, BATA may just be the new go-to destination. The restaurant is the latest brainchild of chef Tyler Fenton, who has opened other restaurants around town, including Reilly Craft Pizza. 

All of the menu items will be cooked in some form over the live-fire hearth, even if it just means the simple infusion of smoke into the food. This includes a dry-aged beef tartare, which is raw beef, infused with smoke, and served with buttermilk, black sunchoke, and white Sonoran wheat tortillas. Of course, for those who do not enjoy raw beef, there are plenty of alternative options to choose from, ranging from grilled pork and charred brussels sprouts to pork loin and smoked cauliflower. 

The restaurant will also have craft cocktails that will rotate seasonally. One particular drink is the Chiricahua, which is prepared with both mezcal and rum, a cherry shrub, and egg white, which will help give it a frothy, foamy head (for anyone who has ever had a pisco sour before, this drink is essentially a southwestern take on the classic Peruvian cocktail). 

BATA will officially open its doors to the public this week, although an off-shoot bar (called BAR BATA) will open a few months from now. However, for those who want to check out BATA, it can be found at 35 East Toole Avenue, and will be open on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5 until 9 PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 5 until 10 PM. 

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