Citing its continued popularity on social media, investors plan to renovate and reopen the former Sweet Tomatoes at 6202 E. Broadway, near Wilmot Road.
ST Three LLC has leased the 7,024-square-foot building from JKJ Fairview LLC. Nancy McClure, with CBRE, represented the landlord and NAI Horizon’s Gordon Wagner and Ben Craney represented the tenant.
“We first started talking with the tenant last summer, and the operating manager spent time bringing in contractors to understand the scope of work,” McClure said. “He indicated the concept (Sweet Tomatoes) had, and continues to have, a strong following with patrons still active on Facebook and Instagram sites.”
Sweet Tomatoes restaurants closed during the pandemic. ST Three LLC purchased exclusive rights and all intellectual property associated with the brands and has retained former Sweet Tomatoes operators to reopen the Tucson location, which operated from 1996 to 2020.
Sweet Tomatoes is expected to be open in a few months once renovations are completed.
The other location, on Wetmore Road and Stone Avenue, is owned by Tucson Mall, and no plans have been announced for that site.
Other local commercial transactions include:
McSpillers Holdings LLC bought 2,389 square feet of office space at 1102 N. El Dorado Place from K & S Leasing LLC for $550,000. Thomas J. Nieman, with Picor, represented the seller.
Strongbuilt Plumbing & Air leased 15,450 square feet of industrial space at Butterfield Technology Center, 4775 S. Butterfield Drive, from Butterfield Technology Center LLC and Foodtown Development Company LLC. Robert Glaser, with Picor, and Isaac Figueroa, with Larsen Baker, represented the landlord. David Wolf, with Wolf Realty Inc., represented the tenant.
Learn and Play Preschool leased an 8,912-square-foot building at 151 W. Orange Grove Road from Foothills Business Ventures. Rob Tomlinson, with Picor, represented the landlord and Cory Lamb and Robert Lamb, with Long Realty Co., represented the tenant.
Arizona Kidney Disease and Hypertension Centers leased 1,625 square feet of office space at Green Valley Medical Mall, 1055 N. La Cañada Drive, from NWI Green Valley MOB LP. Thomas J. Nieman, with Picor, represented the landlord and Fletcher Perry, with Kidder Mathews Inc., represented the tenant.
Salad and Go is opening another location in the Speedway Pantano Square retail center. The restaurant chain leased a pad and will build a drive-thru at 7980 E. Speedway. The landlord, Larsen Baker, was represented by its broker Isaac Figueroa and Dave Hammack, with Picor representing the tenant.
New restaurants and bars that have opened in the Tucson area in 2023
Monsoon Chocolate CafeUpdated
Monsoon Chocolate Cafe is an expansion of their flagship chocolate shop. It features new pastries, treats and drinks.
Where: 3630 E. Ft. Lowell Rd
Website: Monsoon Chocolate Cafe
Miss Dessert is a small chain from Phoenix that has made its debut in Tucson. Find Hong Kong-style desserts, like snow with sticky rice, and lots of drinks.
Where: 1800 E Fort Lowell Rd #140
Website: Miss Dessert
Pasta La VistaUpdated
Pasta La Vista advertises itself as to-go, but they do have a dining room. Their menu rotates around pasta, pizza and subs — all of which are customizable.
Where: 2425 N. Tucson Blvd
Website: Pasta La Vista
Just Churros makes Spanish-style churros using beloved Mexican toppings like cinnamon sugar, chocolate and cajeta.
Where: 4280 N. Oracle Road
Website: Just Churros
Agave House is a sit-down Mexican restaurant with "a modern flair.”
Where: 943 E. University Blvd
Website: Agave House
Better Bevs combines techniques of boba tea shops with Mexican flavors and aguas frescas, as seen in their chamoy mango shave ice and cucumber lemonade with spicy chile popping boba.
Where: 210 N. Fourth Ave.
Sumaj is a mother-daughter-run food truck that serves up Bolivian street food.
Where: 403 N. Sixth Ave.
Sumaj is a new food truck slinging Bolivian street food near downtown Tucson. It's the only place that makes Bolivian food in Tucson, and they make it all from scratch.
Chick-in Waffle is the first chicken and waffles restaurant in Tucson since May’s Counter Chicken & Waffles on East Speedway closed in 2018. Several Tucson restaurants, including The Drunken Chicken on North Fourth Ave., serve chicken and waffles, but none of them focuses on it exclusively.
Where: 5524 E. Grant Road
Website: Chick-in Waffle
For Star subscribers: A Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant has opened its first location outside its homebase in Tucson, with two locations coming soon to Phoenix.
Brillé Mead CompanyUpdated
Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and in Ethiopia, a version of mead called te’j is a familiar household drink, consumed out of long-necked vessels called bereles. Brillé Mead Company's David Woods is bringing te’j to Tucson.
Where: 3895 N Oracle Rd
Phone: (520) 207-2312
Website: Brillé Mead Company
Rotisserie chicken and pizza is the premise of Sam Fox's six-year-old concept Doughbird, which opened its first Tucson location on May 31.
Where: 2960 N. Campbell Ave.
While there are lots of Mexican sushi food trucks in Tucson, Mr. Patron is the first sit-down restaurant slinging the deep-fried rolls. It even has a patio.
Where: 5754 E. 22nd St.
Phone: (520) 372 2346
Website: Mr. Patron
11 new restaurants have recently opened in Tucson. Find a second location of Indian Twist, a new pupuseria in a food truck park and a Japanese-style sandwich spot at American Eat Co.
Hideout Steakhouse & BBQUpdated
This small chain, started in Myton, Utah, has one restaurant in Casa Grande and opened its third location in Tucson on April 3. They offer steak cooked on a hot stone right at your table along with other steakhouse classics.
Where: 5475 S. Calle Santa Cruz
Phone: (520) 702-2227
Website: Hideout Steakhouse
Idaho-based Gyro Shack, serves up Greek staples in a "fast-causal" setting.
Where: 5775 E. Broadway Blvd
Phone: (208) 853-5840
Website: Gyro Shack
The Backyard Food Truck ParkUpdated
The Backyard has a rotating roster of 20 trucks, though a core few will be posted up 20 days of each month and 7-8 are featured at a time. The park is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 890 W. Grant Road
Phone: (520) 668-0074
Website: The Backyard
The Backyard, located on Grant Road, is Tucson's newest food truck hub. With a roster of 7-8 food trucks at a time, you'll find Mexican sushi to Persian-inspired coffee.
Where: 621 N 4th Ave
Phone: (602) 544-6766
Website: Zyka Twist
Tucson's Indian Twist just opened a second location, this time on 4th Ave. Zyka Twist serves a curated selection of items you love from Indian Twist's midtown location.
Flower Child features a menu of salads and bowls, many of them vegetarian and vegan.
Where: 2960 N Campbell Ave. #110
Phone: (520) 276-4550
Website: Flower Child
Kava Den is a new extension of the Kava Bar, which offers Kava drinks and products.
Where: 67 E. Pennington St.
Website: Kava Den
Uptown Burger is a counter-service, fast-food restaurant that serves a half-dozen eclectic burgers, salads, fries and gelato.
Where: 6370 N. Campbell Ave. suite 160
Phone: (520) 638-6182
Website: Uptown Burger
Yellow Brick CoffeeUpdated
Yellow Brick Coffee is at a new location offering hand- and batch-brewed coffees, espresso-based beverages and pastries made in-house.
Where: 800 N. Country Club Road
Phone: (520) 226-4068
Website: Yellow Brick Coffee
A new food truck park opened in February at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet.
Where: 4100 S. Palo Verde Road
Phone: (866) 440-2810
Website: Comida Park
Blue Front, home to American comfort foods, opened in January.
Where: 110 E. Congress St.
Phone: (520) 849-7964
Website: Blue Front
Dave’s Hot ChickenUpdated
Where: 5615 E. Broadway Blvd.
Phone: (520) 613-2420
Website: Dave’s Hot Chicken
This popular chain that specializes in Chicago-style hot dogs opened in February where Claim Jumper once stood at the El Con Center.
Where: 3761 E Broadway Blvd
Main Event is a family-friendly bowling, arcade and entertainment venue that opened its first Tucson location in March.
Where: 4700 S Landing Way
Phone: (520) 503-3301
Website: Main Event