New: Fini's Landing
There's a boat-shaped bar at the new Fini's Landing at 5689 N. Swan Road, and when the wind blows through the nearby windows, you almost expect a seagull or two to fly by. The new restaurant is hitting the beachside theme hard, with everything from flip-flop-shaped door handles to porthole windows, and a variety of seafood and other dishes to go with it. A temporary menu of fish tacos and appetizers was available on a recent afternoon, but we hear that a full menu—including burgers and all sorts of other things—is on deck. Barrio Brewing Company has even brewed a signature beer for the restaurant called Beached Ale, and it's quite good. Call 299-1010, or visit finislanding.com for more information.
Coming Soon: Elliott's on Congress
There's a sign in the window of what used to be A Steak in the Neighborhood at 135 E. Congress St. announcing that a new restaurant called Elliott's on Congress is opening there. The sign also says the place will feature a vodka bar when it opens in March. When A Steak in the Neighborhood folded last fall, the word was that owner Luke Cusack was going to try a new concept there. We haven't been able to verify whether Cusack is involved in the new venture.
A New Oregano's Pizza Bistro Location
A second Oregano's Pizza Bistro is under construction in Plaza Del Oro, at the corner of Orange Grove and Oracle roads. The other Tucson location is at 4900 E. Speedway Blvd. The first Oregano's opened in 1993 in Scottsdale, but there are now locations across the state. There is no word yet on when the new Oregano's will open.
A coffee lounge called Brewd has opened at 39 N. Sixth Ave., right across the street from the Ronstadt Transit Center. Phil Bryson says he opened the place with his wife, Kate Preble, about six weeks ago to "have a place that would help bring community together" through coffee and conversation. Brewd serves coffee from local roaster Adventure Coffee Roasting and tea from local vendor Maya Tea Co. Food is limited to breads, muffins, cookies and cakes for the time being, but they're working on adding salads and sandwiches. There's also a private room for group meetings or events. Call 623-2336, or visit www.brewd.co.