Ah yes, Rhino Pub—The bar at 1118 E. Sixth St. that closed some years back only to reopen as Belushe’s, Victory Bar and, most recently, Gooch’s Grill.
And now, all these years later, it’s Rhino Pub again. Steve Ketchum, the new owner, even found the original six-foot wooden rhinoceros mascot and put back in its rightful spot near the stairway.
Ketchum has also lengthened the bar, increased the number of seats and made it easier to see the 10 televisions from elsewhere in the restaurant. The menu has been pared down to pub-grub basics like burgers, brats, Italian sausages and a megaton of appetizers.
“We’ve also got the best wings in Tucson,” Ketchum said, before explaining that he deep-fries them before giving them the once-over on the char broiler. I’m not sure if that actually makes them the best in town, but you have to give it to a guy who has that much pride in his hot wings.
The upstairs is being converted into the Rhino Express, a café that will serve all varieties of coffee drinks, smoothies and pastries. It will also have an energy drink and juice bar when completed.
Ketchum is also working on fixing up and covering the patio, which he expects to have completed by later this year.
Right now, there are 19 beers on tap and a full bar. Happy hour goes down daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Karaoke takes place on Tuesday and Thursday, and the doors open at 10 a.m. on Sundays for sports action and specials on Bloody Marys and wings.
Call 867-8123 for more information.