Hibachi Super Buffet Opens
Hibachi Super Buffet opened last week in the massive space at 4629 E. Speedway Blvd., which formerly housed a Factory 2-U. Manager Jay Zheng says there are 11 buffet lines; also included is hibachi-style dining—you pick the ingredients, and cooks prepare them for you—as well as a hefty selection of sushi. The best thing, though, might be the price: $6.99 at lunch, and $9.99 during dinner and on Sundays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., daily; 326-0000.
A microbrewery is setting up shop at 417 N. Herbert Ave., a block west of Fourth Avenue. The brick building is surrounded by a sturdy corrugated-metal fence now, but one can imagine a small tasting area and a brewery fitting just fine there. A search showed Corbett Brewing Co. has filed a liquor-license application for that address.
Behind the Paper
We got a peek behind the papered-up windows on the ground floor of the Providence building at 50 E. Broadway Blvd., where signs have promised food and cocktails for many months. Patricia Schwabe, who with her husband owns Peach Properties and Tooley's Café in the Lost Barrio, says she'll be highlighting the "fabulous flavors of Mexico that are not currently represented in Tucson." Soft lighting, leather, reclaimed wood and other warming materials will give the place a cozy vibe. Luke Anable—formerly of Red Room at Grill and currently of Wilko in Main Gate Square—is the head cocktail consultant. "I want the drinks to be simpler than some of the cocktails that are happening in Tucson," Anable said. "You will be able to read the ingredients and know what your cocktail will taste like." The restaurant, which doesn't have a name yet, is expected to open this fall.
Coming Soon: Umi Star
The people at Umi Star, coming to 2502 N. Campbell Ave., are working on beautiful and mouthwatering Asian-fusion food dishes that you have to see to believe. The restaurant is a project by Jason Anderson, an architect who worked on Union Public House before parting ways some time ago. You can see Anderson's design handiwork at the new location of Cartel Coffee Lab, a slick, open and hip spot just down the block at 2516 N. Campbell Ave. Anderson promises fresh, organic, healthful and interesting dining when Umi Star opens in September.