10 Fun Facts about The Coronet to Celebrate Their 5th Anniversary

The restaurant turns five this weekend.

Old World restaurant The Coronet is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Saturday, April 13.

If you haven’t been, now is your chance. If you have, it’s time for another visit.

13apr5:00 pm10:00 pmThe Coronet Turns 5 Years Oldwith specials and live music5:00 pm - 10:00 pm AZ The Coronet

To help commemorate this lovely restaurant’s milestone, we’ve compiled a few fun facts for your enjoyment. Here goes:

1. The space, on the corner of East Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue, was built as a bakery called the Royal Bakery in the early part of the 1900s. The Coronado Hotel was built around it.

The Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

2. The bar, built in 1906, was found on Craigslist from a stage stop town north of Phoenix called New River. The painting on the wall is from artist Jerome Carlin.

3. Sally, one of The Coronet’s lovely owners, designed the encaustic Mission tiles, which were created in the Dominican Republic. She also designed the weave on the bistro chairs you all know and love.

(Photo courtesy of the Coronet)

(Photo courtesy of the Coronet)

4. Artist Gwyneth Scally did the drawings for the menus, which feature various animals. Love them!

Menu drawings by Gwyneth Scally

Menu drawings by Gwyneth Scally

5. It took them two years to include a burger on their menu after opening.

The Coronet Burger at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Coronet Burger at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

6. Sally’s family owned the Tack Room at Rancho Del Rio, which was awarded the southwest’s first Mobil 5-Star rating.

Tack Room Matchbook

Tack Room Matchbook

7. Executive chef Mahmoud “Moody” Elbarasi spent his early years as a musician. If you’ve met him, would you have guessed?

Executive chef Mahmoud "Moody" Elbarasi at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef Mahmoud “Moody” Elbarasi (left) at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

8. You can find North African influences on the menu with dishes such as Ful Medemmas (on the brunch menu) and Beef Heart Flatbread (evening menu). So, if you’re feeling adventurous, you know what to try!

9. They have a full coffee and tea menu, so you could come in for a casual espresso or Formosa Oolong. Tea time, anyone?

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Sunday Morning Mood. Brunch 9am-3pm.

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10. The Coronet frequently posts photos of dogs on their patio, so bring your furry friend over and enjoy the spring weather. What’s not to love?

For more information, visit cafecoronet.com.

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Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.