Tucson, AZ

Restaurant Closing, New Restaurant Announced to Take Its Place

Greyson F

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Grab a bite to eat at the new restaurant opening soon.Tony Koraza/Unsplash

From death comes new life. That is often the case in the restaurant and bar industry. When one establishment closes shop, another is not far off. Often, the new tenant begins moving in immediately following the former tenant’s demise. That, once again, is proving true. Only earlier in the month, one Tucson establishment announced it would be leaving its downtown location, and now, a new restaurant is seizing upon the vacant opportunity. 

About a week ago, Ten55 Brewing, a restaurant and microbrewery, announced it would be leaving downtown, in search of another location closer to midtown. While that eventual address has not yet been announced yet, the replacement for its downtown address has been revealed. In fact, the Rio Nuevo Board has already granted some funding for the new establishment. 

Officially titled Blue Front, the 110 East Congress location will be operated by Patricia Schwabe, who runs the Penca restaurant. The name itself is a bit of a throwback, as it is named after tenants of the building that occupied the space all the back in 1914. However, in terms of an actual menu, decor, or anything else of that nature, nothing else has been announced beyond the name, and that the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner with offered Happy Hour specials (the style of food or the theme of the restaurant is anyone’s guess at this point). 

Ten55 Brewing Company hasn’t fully vacated the space at 110 East Congress. It will still be serving up beer and food goodies until the end of the day on Sunday, May 29, so fans of the brewery and restaurant that want one last pint before the location shuts down for the summer (owners are hoping to have the new location up and running by the fall), do have a few days left. 

The partnership between the Rio Nuevo Board and Patricia Schwabe’s Blue Front is just one of many various projects that have both been completed and are currently ongoing throughout downtown Tucson. Other projects include the 1 South Church Avenue project, which received $38 million in funding, the Caterpillar’s Tucson Mining Center (which is currently estimated to have up to a $600 million economic impact), as well as the Brings Building (previously known as the Brings Funeral Home), and the Bautista, which is set to be completed at some point this year for a $7.25 million investment from the board.. 

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