Coming Soon: Union Public House
The old Acacia spot at St. Philip's Plaza (4340 N. Campbell Ave.) will soon be home to a new restaurant called Union Public House. We got a sneak peak at the menu from co-owner Grant Krueger, and Tucson is in for some delicious American fare when the place opens in October. There will be 30 beers on tap, handcrafted cocktails and enough televisions to make the place a game-day destination. The entire building has been gutted, and the new interior is being designed by the same company that handled Hub Restaurant and Creamery. The patio area is also being revamped with more seating and an outdoor fireplace.
Your Shave-Ice Update
When the guy at the new Shoobie's Shave Ice, 3701 W. Ina Road, asks if you want vanilla cream added for an extra 50 cents, just nod. The creaminess turns the super-sweet goodness of Hawaiian shave ice into a mouth-watering creamsicle that's a soothing antidote to the summer heat. For the inexperienced, a shave ice is made with snow as fine as fresh powder, which holds the flavor way better than an average snow cone. Shoobie's serves more than 20 flavors, and Blue Bell Ice Cream, too; 744-1088.
If you find yourself in Sahuarita, cool down at DaKine Hawaiian Shave Ice. The little food trailer is in the parking lot of North Santa Cruz Park, on Rancho Sahuarita Boulevard. It's run by the super-nice Wintch family, and serves a dozen flavors of shave ice; dakinehawaiianshaveice.com.
My favorite thing about Penzeys Spices at 4128 N. Oracle Road is how they put certain spices in little pots to allow for a full olfactory assessment. Be careful, though: A big whiff of the more-potent varieties will bring tears to your eyes. The store stocks an amazing selection of spices from around the globe, and the prices are reasonable. The company also operates a mail-order business, although you'll find what's in the catalog is well-represented; www.penzeys.com.
Closed: Rhino Pub
The Rhino Pub at 1118 E. Sixth St. has closed. The building was home to Victory Bar, Belushe's and Gooch's Grill before returning as Rhino Pub—the name it operated under as far back as the 1980s—last fall. The building has been repainted, and we hear another sports bar might open there.