The owners of a popular sports bar on the south side who opened a restaurant in downtown Tucson last year are bringing three more venues downtown, including an indoor playground.
The Cocina and Cantina neighborhood, 3940 E. 29th St., will move to 61 E. Congress St. with street tacos and micheladas.
Its owners, Daniel Cordova and German Fuentes, also took over the old Poca Cosa cafe at 110 E. Pennington St., in order to remodel their restaurant La Chingada to move there with enlarged terrace seating.
La Chingada’s current location at 31 N. Scott St. will become a mariscos and oyster bar, nicknamed La Cruda.
At 124 E. Congress St., they will be opening Antojitos, a raspados store with an indoor play area to provide families with young children a downtown destination.
The duo appeared before Rio Nuevo’s board of directors on Tuesday to seek financial assistance of $ 450,000 to renovate the buildings, which lie within Rio Nuevo boundaries and benefit the district from sales taxes. They’ve already invested around $ 3 million in the downtown business.
Council unanimously approved the request.
“This is a huge investment in our downtown area,” said Fletcher McCusker, Chairman of the Board. “I think you’re going to change in town forever.