A Bad Week for Monkeys
Nimbus Bistro, 6464 E. Tanque Verde Road, has closed following rumors of a possible closure for the past month or so. The Nimbus brewery (which has been unaffiliated with the bistro in recent years) remains open at 3850 E. 44th St. You have to wonder if the Tanque Verde location is jinxed.
Monkey Business Eatertainment, a pizza parlor that hosted children's birthday parties, also closed last week. The building, at 8581 N. Silverbell Road in Marana, is for sale.
There will be another edition of the Tucson Weekly before Valentine's Day arrives next week, but I am trying to keep you procrastinators out of trouble with your significant others. So I have taken the liberty of suggesting a few places to make reservations for you and your sweetheart to dine on lover's day.
Woo at the Zoo, Reid Park Zoo: A gourmet dinner, tantalizing desserts, live music and a champagne toast. Seatings are at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The cost is $65 per person. More info at reidparkzoo.org.
Five Palms, 3500 E. Sunrise Drive: A two-course lunch is $25 per person; a four-course dinner is $89 per person; and a VIP dinner complete with live jazz, a violinist and dancing is $109 per person. More info at fivepalms.com.
Unplugged Wine Bar, 118 E. Congress St.: A four-course dinner, with two menus and three seating times, is $45 per person, with optional wine pairings. See unpluggedtucson.com.
Ghini's French Caffe, 1803 E. Prince Road: A three-course dinner with your favorite French classics and a glass of wine is $45 per person. More info at ghiniscafe.com.
Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.: The hotel is offering a "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" package that includes dinner, drinks and a concert by the Dusty Chaps. The a la carte menu includes oysters, scallops, filet mignon, specialty drinks and wine pairings. See hotelcongress.com.
Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave.: "A Taste of Something Truly Unforgettable" is a three-course meal created by Chef Addam Buzzalini. Choices include oysters, surf 'n' turf and truffle risotto, with wine pairings. Prices range from $70 to $90. More info at maynardstucson.com.
McMahon Restaurants: The Old Pueblo Grille, 60 N. Alvernon Way, has a four-course dinner starting at $21.95 per person. McMahon's Prime Steakhouse, 2959 N. Swan Road, has a four-course meal starting at $35.95. And the Metropolitan Grill, 7892 N. Oracle Road, has a four-course menu starting at $23.95. See metrorestaurants.com.
Bob's Steak & Chop House, 2727 W. Club Drive, in the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa, has a three-course meal that includes lobster bisque, rib-eye, crab legs and wine pairings is $75 per person. See bobs-steakandchop.com.