Noel Patterson Will Be Back
Dos Manos Farm, which was located at the Community Food Bank's Marana Heritage Farm, has been bulldozed, but it takes more than that to keep owner Noel Patterson down. He's looking for a new spot to continue his mission of making more local food available, and working on a series of workshops on beekeeping, raising chickens and other aspects of home food production. Patterson emphasized that the bulldozing was within the rights of the town of Marana, which owns the land and is building a parking lot on it for nearby development, and that there were no hard feelings. If you want to keep up with Patterson—and if you're into local food, he's a guy to watch—find Dos Manos Farm on Facebook.
Coming Soon: Amigos, Burgers and Beer
A new restaurant called Amigos, Burgers and Beer is going in at 6372 S. Nogales Highway. "We are a yet-to-be-opened neighborhood grill and bar who will serve oversized burgers and sandwiches in a sports bar-themed restaurant," reads one online description. "Amigos is located in a predominantly Mexican-American area of Tucson, Arizona. It is a blue-collar area and is owned by two good amigos who enjoy a cold beer, great burgers and the company of 'amigos.'''
Another Native New Yorker
The Chuy's building at 3100 E. Speedway Blvd., which has been vacant for many months, will soon be home to the chain eatery Native New Yorker. A liquor-license application has been filed, but no opening date or additional information is available. The restaurant has dozens of locations across the state and a few spots in Texas and Washington. This will be the Tucson area's second Native New Yorker; the first is at 8225 N. Courtney Page Way in Marana. There's more at the company's website.
Breathe, Drink and Design, a tea shop and oxygen bar at 416 E. Seventh St., has closed. The shop claimed the summer slowdown and construction along Fourth Avenue were major factors in the closure, although, to be fair, the viability of a business that sells oxygen and tea has yet to be proved in Tucson.
Le Delice Bakery and Café, at 7245 E. Tanque Verde Road, has also closed. The eatery changed owners many times over the years, ending up back in the hands of original owners Maurice and Nicole Cochard in late 2010.