Daggwood launches fundraiser for new site
Owners of the Daggwood Café have launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to get their new location off the ground.
Coral and Patrick Hendon moved from the restaurant’s old spot, 736 E. Fort Lowell Road, to student housing at 1800 N. Stone Ave. over the summer, but hit a few snags .
The original plan was to open the Stone Avenue property in addition to the original sandwich shop, at least for a little while.
That was before their financial partner dropped out last December.
In March, the landlord at the original Daggwood, which the Hendons ran for a year, locked them out over a rent dispute, they said. It took two months for them to get their equipment back.
Coral Hendon said the Stone Avenue property owners have been more than accommodating, covering many of the basics.
The Kickstarter campaign is to raise money for a cooler and a general liability policy, to get the phone reactivated and for other modifications required by the health department.
They are asking for $1,000.
The Hendons completely revamped the Daggwood menu after taking over the original restaurant in 2012. They focused their attention on gourmet options, things like Carolina pork and meatball sandwiches.
You can learn more about the Kickstarter campaign through the restaurant’s Facebook page, facebook.com/daggwoodcafe online.
in southeast spot
After two years vacant, the former Mei Hon Chinese Restaurant, 2475 S. Harrison Road, is now a Totopos Mexican restaurant.
The location opened quietly last month.
Menu options reflect cuisine from many different regions of Mexico, according to general manager Jorge Legazppy.
Popular platters include the Zapata steak, salmon tacos and chicken lola, a chicken breast cooked with chipotle bacon sauce and mushrooms.
The restaurant is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Call 722-9400 for more information.
Gerald M. Gay
Gusto Osteria hosts event for no-kill group
Gusto Osteria will give 20 percent of the cost of your meal from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to the No Kill Pima County organization.
Just mention “No Kill Pima County” to your server when you order. Gusto is located at 7153 E. Tanque Verde Road. Details: Call 722-9487.
No Kill Pima County is dedicated to saving homeless pets and feral cats sheltered in Pima County. The group advocates for implementing the so-called No Kill Equation that promotes alternatives to putting down animals that languish in animal shelters and pounds.
Slipping a pie or two out the Back Dough
It all sounds a little suspect, sneaking a pie out the back door of a popular Tucson bakery.
But that’s the whole idea behind the Back Dough, a small shop within the much larger Beyond Bread store at 6260 E. Speedway. Owners Shelby and Randie Collier quietly opened the small nook at the back of their store about a month ago and serve small pies — big enough for two to four people — in about 20 varieties out of the back door. Special orders aren’t accepted and there is no reserving a pie; it’s first-come out-the-door and when the last pie of the day is gone, the pies are gone.
“It gives us an opportunity to do things that we don’t have to do at all three locations,” Shelby Collier said, calling the Back Dough the first phase of an experiment that could possibly be expanded to the two other Beyond Bread locations — 421 W. Ina Road and 3026 N. Campbell Ave.
Back Dough is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, visit beyondbread.com or call 747-7477.
Free breakfast tacos
at Sir Veza’s Friday
If your Black Friday shopping adventures bring you to Tucson Mall or near Swan and Speedway, slip into Sir Veza’s Taco Garage and grab a free breakfast taco.
And while you’re there, you can shop the “Big Bad Weekend Gift Card Sale”: Buy two $50 Sir Veza’s gift cards and get a $25 card free.
The free taco deal is good from 8 to 11 a.m. The gift card sale runs Friday and Saturday at both Tucson Sir Veza’s locations: 4699 E. Speedway and 220 W. Wetmore Road, at the Tucson Mall.
Cathalena E. Burch
Kadooks food truck hopes to feed homeless
Owners of the Kadooks Costa Rican Fusion food truck have started a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to turn their rig into a mobile soup kitchen.
Ray Duke and Kristine Key Duke are asking for $90,000 on the site gofundme.com online, so that they can provide more than 15,000 hot meals to people who couldn’t afford to eat otherwise.
Visit gofundme.com/Fight-Hunger-With-Kadooks to donate or for more information.
Gerald M. Gay