I stopped in at Tork’s Café and Grocery at 3502 E. Grant Road this weekend—only to discover that the place is in the process of changing hands.
I was on a lunch date with my honey and had to stop short of conducting a full interview, but I did chat with the owner for a minute or so. He said the uproar in his homeland of Libya has made it difficult for him to travel back and forth to visit his family, so he’s selling the place.
The new owners are from Kenya, and they’ll be adding a few items from their country as things progress. They say the menu will largely stay the same, though, and that they’re not going to change the name for a while, either.
I’ve had many wonderful experiences at this little café, which opened in the mid-1980s. It’s not uncommon to hear three or four different languages going on at once, and the food is always sincere and well-made. Tork himself once dragged me into the kitchen to teach me how to make a proper pot of Turkish coffee, and the experience is one of the crown jewels of my culinary adventuring.
So good luck to you, Tork, and thanks for adding a little North African spice to Tucson all these years.