Pasco Kitchen closes for renovations; new concept or ownership uncertain

Main Gate Square restaurant Pasco Kitchen & Lounge recently closed it doors for renovations. However, its days as Pasco are over.

“We knew we were going to have a lot of renovation by the beginning of next year,” said Ramiro Scavo, chef-owner of Pasco and Red’s Smokehouse + Tap Room. “We keep putting a band aid over the floors, but analyzing our business, we know we have to change. Times are changing, the block is changing, Tucson is changing, it’s all for the good. There’s a lot of great competition and great things going on.”

While Scavo has received offers on the lease for Pasco, he still might keep the space. A final decision has not been made yet.

“We have a couple other concepts that we think would do well with the future of Red’s and Tucson food,” Scavo said.

Winter break is slow for them without the university students, so it was the best time for the renovation, Scavo said. At the end of August, Scavo informed employees of the closure so they could transition into the team of sister restaurant Red’s down the street.

Additionally, loyal Pasco customers can still enjoy some favorite items at Red’s. For a limited time, Red’s will serve the Father Kino cocktail, the Pasco Pork Nachos, and the Big Boy Burger.

Although Pasco’s six-year legacy is coming to a close, Scavo has been experimenting at Red’s. “We have some cool equipment we’re building for South American and Brazilian barbecue for Red’s and catering,” Scavo said.

Pasco Kitchen & Lounge is located at 820 E. University Blvd. For more information, visit

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