The Flores family, Tucson’s first family of Mexican-food restaurants, is straying far from its roots with its newest venture.
Pub 1922 Vintage Flavor Co. — Pub 1922 for short — quietly opened on Thursday with a decidedly Americana menu: flatbread pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, mac ’n’ cheese.
There are a couple of classic El Charro dishes, but El Charro President Ray Flores said the idea was to create something unique for Sahuarita.
“It’s what the neighborhood needs, an all-around restaurant” that has broad culinary appeal, he said of Pub 1922.
Pub 1922 is in the 4,500-square-foot space that was home to El Charro Café Rancho Sahuarita. Flores closed that restaurant in June after three years in business.
Pub 1922’s menu has 22 entrees, a bar that serves 22 bottled or canned beers and 22 beers on tap. It also has a family-of-four spaghetti dinner for $22, though it's only available Sunday-Thursday.
The “22” theme celebrates the year the Flores family opened its first El Charro in downtown Tucson.
The menu also includes a roasted butternut squash soup with apples, barbecue short rib mac and cheese, beer-battered fried pickles, fish and chips and a house burger.
Several dishes also will employ pecans grown in Sahuarita, and the restaurant will serve locally sourced breads and tortillas, Flores said.
Flores said the restaurant offers a place where families can feel comfortable, young couples can have a date night and buddies can hang out at the bar watching sports.
Pub 1922 also features the Tucson area’s first Tap TV, an interactive digital entertainment system that includes trivia and video games. Users download an app and use their smartphones to play games that are projected on TV screens in the restaurant.
To learn more, follow the pub on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pub1922