The Rio Nuevo board has approved funding of $450,000 for three new restaurant concepts and the expansion of La Chingada in downtown Tucson. The combined four restaurants are owned and operated by Danny Cordova and German Fuentes and will add to downtown’s vibrant restaurant scene.
La Chingada Cocina
Relocated in December 2021 to 110 E. Pennington, the new location of La Chingada offers three times the seating capacity, increased patio size, and a remodel of the bar area. Long-term plans include opening a store with Mexican “munchies” on the east end of the building.
The second establishment will maintain ‘The Neighborhood’ concept inside the former H2O building at 61 E. Congress. This restaurant follows the same successful, food and drink model as the original location – but with 5,800 square feet on the ground floor and an additional 1,500 square foot covered rooftop bar.
The new rooftop bar will sport a state-of-the-art pergola covering that can accommodate coverage for any type of weather.
The third concept, Antojitos, will focus on raspados, light food fare, and an indoor play area for kids.
Antojitos, Munch & Play will be located in the historic former Betty Gay Building at 125 E. Congress originally built in 1917, the building will need extensive renovation but will fill a niche the downtown area doesn’t currently have.
La Cruda Mariscos & Oyster Bar
The fourth restaurant will be La Cruda, a mariscos and oyster bar which will take the place of the former La Chingada building at 31 E. Scott Ave.
- October 27, 2021
- Rio Nuevo Continues to Assist Local District Businesses