Downtown Tucson’s Proper To Close Permanently After Three Year Run

One of downtown Tucson’s most promising new restaurants, which opened during what many in the local media referred to as a renaissance of new restaurants opening downtown, is closing its door after three years in business.

Proper, located at 300 E. Congress St. on the southeast corner of Congress and Fifth Avenue will close its doors tonight for the last time at the end of business after dinner service.

Owner Paul Moir, who owns and operates an additional three concepts in Flagstaff, with a fourth concept on the way, cited personal reasons for the closure.

“When we reevaluated our personal lives, we had to make a decision to put our energy into those things that are closer to home and working well for us,” said Moir.

Proper, which opened in May of 2013, breathed an exciting burst of fresh life into downtown Tucson with its open air bar situated right on the corner of Fifth and Congress. The restaurant opened alongside another Flagstaff concept, Diablo Burger. An additional concept, Proper Meats & Provisions, which was slated to open between the two, was able to open in Flagstaff but not in Tucson.

“I love being downtown and I think it still has a lot of promise,” said Moir. “It’s just not working out for us at this time.”

Adam Lehrman started Tucson Foodie in late 2008 as a way to track his search for the best food Tucson had to offer.