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Coming soon: TABU Restaurant and Bar at 128 E. Congress St.

Rio Nuevo agrees to invest $300K
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Posted at 11:15 AM, Apr 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-27 15:55:59-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A new, downtown restaurant and bar is opening up at 128 E. Congress St.

Developers Zeus Sainz, Jesus Mario Ramirez and Paul Mendoza are calling it TABU. They describe it as a mystical and exciting environment, inspired by Mexican clubs.

According to them, the venue will host live music featuring non-traditional jazz performances in addition to "house" music locals may expect.

"Unexpected live performances with fire, music and dance will surprise our visitors in order to create a sense of excitement and passion in the environment," they shared with the Rio Nuevo Board.

These three developers have also come up with a unique menu blending flavors of Arizonan and Mexican cultures.

While meeting with the Rio Nuevo Board, the developers revealed a $1 million budget for renovating the existing location.

Rio Nuevo Board members approved $300,000 for accelerating the opening.


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