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Tucson: Goodbye St. Philips Plaza, Hello Gallery Row – Acacia

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Update: Acacia is moving to where Sur Real is (until 12/31/10) was which was formerly Soleil. Is the location cursed?

from the press release…and the most clever press release at that…

“Acaciagate, it may possibly be the best kept secret ever….until now
Sources close to WikiLeaks says Acacia at St. Philips has initiated a clandestine operation that will move its flagship restaurant to a previously undisclosed location. Acacia at St. Philips will be shuttered on January 13 after six years at the River and Campbell location.

Gallery Row, located at 3001 E. Skyline Dr. (NE Corner of Skyline and Campbell) will now be the new home of the critically acclaimed American eatery as of January 14. Located in the Santa Catalina Mountains on the corner of Tucson’s most prestigious shopping district, Gallery Row is the largest collection of galleries in a single center in the Old Pueblo and has been named Tucson Guide Magazine’s “Best Art Destination.”
The new incarnation of Acacia will still feature signature items like the Maryland Crab Cakes, Roasted Tomato Soup and Cioppino while boasting an all new, expanded bar and casual fine dining menu. In-house made pastas, appetizers and small plates will be available in a tapas style format and if you can find a seat at the chefs counter you may experience the a la minute cuisine their chefs are famous for. The word is they have made room for a chefs table complete with closed circuit TV for viewing the real time musings of a kitchen in action. In addition to the spacious, state of the art production kitchen, Acacia’s new digs feature an exhibition kitchen in the dining room with a wood burning rotisserie to further inspire the world class brigade of chefs and culinaire savants. This source believes Hall will use this kitchen to revive his famous Saturday morning cooking classes.

His vision, a modern approach to sustainability as well as healthy choices comes to fruition in this latest culinary adventure. Our source reports the mainstay of his larder will contain primarily all natural and organic products. Grass fed beef, all natural poultry, sustainable seafoods and organic produce. These top quality products have never been more available or more affordable, allowing Acacia to offer an excellent value.

We hope to report more as this story develops. ”

Blogger’s note: This corner is more competitive than the existing location for Acacia.  The corner of Skyline & Campbell has all the restaurants in La Encantada where Sam Fox competes with himself and others, Tavolino’s & Schlomo & Vito’s across the street, and Jasper’s & Fleming’s on the other corner, and Anthony’s which is a stone’s throw away. It will be interesting to watch. Who’s going into the St. Philip’s location?

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