Diners in downtown Tucson to see more choices

Published: Apr. 6, 2016 at 6:58 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:16 PM MST
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Elvira’s Tequila Cocina Vino restaurant is scheduled to open April 15. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Elvira’s Tequila Cocina Vino restaurant is scheduled to open April 15. (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucsonans and out-of-town visitors can expect more downtown dining options to choose from this month.

Charro Steak is the newest restaurant to open in downtown Tucson. It is located in the historic Julian Drew Building on the corner of South 5th Ave and East Broadway Boulevard, across the street from the new AC Marriott Hotel construction.

Doors opened on Tuesday, April 5. It replaced the short-lived Barrio Cuisine, a Native American-inspired restaurant.

If the name Charro sounds familiar, you are right on track. The Flores family is behind the Charro Steak. They own the famous El Charro Café just a few blocks away at 311 N. Court Avenue, the nation's oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family.

"This is the new legend," Chef Carlotta Flores said. "It's starting a different era of our family restaurants."

"We wanted to do something relative to steak and ranch to table," she said. "We wanted to do something that set us a little bit apart from what we were doing but still kept some of the roots of what we had.

"Ten years ago, our family wouldn't have thought about doing another restaurant downtown."

However, that mindset has changed. Flores tells KOLD News 13 she believes in the redevelopment and that is part of the reason why the family decided to add another downtown restaurant.

"It tells us that downtown Tucson is living. It's vibrant," she said. "It no longer has to be fed. It's now feeding and that's a good thing."

Another restaurateur that believes in downtown's redevelopment is Ruben Monroy.

Watch for the opening of his Elvira's Tequila Cocina Vino restaurant located on East Congress Street next to The Hub. Right now, contractors are finishing up outside signage and inside design. It is expected to open Friday, April 15.

Monroy described his restaurant concept as modern Mexican fusion cuisine with a romantic and intimate dining experience.

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