New: Knock Outs Round One
A new bar called Knock Outs Round One Sports Bar and Grill has opened in the old Rhino Pub spot at 1118 E. Sixth St. Owner Nubia Bernal says the ribs can compete with any in town, and that the rest of the menu focuses on standard sports-bar grub such as hot wings, burgers and steaks. As the name implies, Knock Outs shows televised boxing and mixed-martial-arts bouts, although it will also be showing NFL, NBA and UA games; 867-8123.
New: Mad Mario's Italian Deli
A new deli has opened in the old Asian Sandwich Deli spot at 1710 E. Speedway Blvd. Mad Mario's Italian Deli specializes in fresh-sliced meats and cheeses, which are available by the pound or on a nice selection of sandwiches. Owner Mario Johnson says he also has pasta dishes with sauces ranging from marinara to alfredo. "You know that fish market in Seattle where they throw around fish? Here, we're going to be throwing around salamis," said Johnson. "We are nuts over here." Call 325-3258 for more information.
Dinner With Janos
Chef Janos Wilder is stepping up once again to help local farming projects. This time, he's holding a special dinner to raise money for the Youth Apprentice Program at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's Marana Heritage Farm. Tickets are $75, and include dinner, Peruvian music and no-host cocktails. It takes place Sunday, Sept. 25, at Janos, on the grounds of the Westin La Paloma, 3770 E. Sunrise Drive. Reservations are required; 622-0525, ext. 469.
Arizona Restaurant Week
About 200 restaurants across the state are offering great specials as part of Arizona Restaurant Week, from Saturday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 25. The two-dozen Tucson-area restaurants participating are offering three-course meals for between $20 and $40, and many are making vegetarian and gluten-free options. Reservations are strongly encouraged; arizonarestaurantweek.com.
Wine for a Cause
The University High School Foundation and Alumni Association is holding a wine-tasting to raise money for University High students. It takes place from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at Elle Wine Bistro, 2970 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $24 in advance, or $30 at the door, and include tastes of five wines and food-pairings. Reservations are required; 409-4347; firstname.lastname@example.org.