Burger and beer-focused restaurant Divine Bovine will open late February at 1021 N. Wilmot Rd., which previously housed La Salsa.
"My goal in this place is to keep it simple and as high quality as possible," said Benjamin Rine, owner of Divine Bovine.
Rine started BrushFire BBQ Co. in 2007, then sold the business in 2017; Divine Bovine is his baby now.
The star of Divine Bovine's menu will be the burger, comprised of a proprietary blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib.
"Chuck is the perfect burger," Rine said. "Brisket adds a deep beef flavor and a nice texture. Short rib is fat and rich meat. You end with a beefy, juicy, meaty burger."
Patties, which can be cooked to temp, will weigh in at just under eight ounces. Veggie patties or Arizona bison patties are also available for burgers. Additionally, the menu will feature a marinated fried chicken sandwich.
Buns will be made by local bakery La Baguette Parisienne.
"It's a mixture of brioche and a Hawaiian sweet roll," Rine said. "Light and fluffy. It's a delectable bun."
Simple classic burgers with lettuce, onion, and tomato will be available alongside adventurous burgers such as the Funny Farm Hand with creamy peanut butter, jalapeño raspberry jam, candied bacon, sweet hot pickles, and white cheddar.
Rine is also proud of the fries he has developed; the Pure Gold potatoes are triple-fried in peanut oil. A dedicated fryer will be used to keep the fries vegan.
Another focal point of the business is beer. Draft beers won't be available; instead, diners can order buckets with bottles of beer. The more beer you order in each bucket, the less each bottle will cost.
"I'm trying to grab as much of the local brands as possible," Rine said. "I'm all about supporting the locals."
Wine will also be available down the road along with a full bar if the demand is there.
The 2,000-square-foot restaurant features an open kitchen and a 300-square-foot patio.
"The counter is set where you can see your food prepared," Rine said. "You know you're getting a fresh ingredient."
Interested applicants can apply online at divinebovineburgers.com.
Divine Bovine is located at 1021 N. Wilmot Rd. Keep up with Divine Bovine on Facebook. For more information, visit divinebovineburgers.com.
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran's Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...