Chef-owner Kamran Esar will run the restaurant with his family.
Turkey will soon join Tucson’s diverse list of countries with culinary representation.
Turkish restaurant Istanbul will open at the 3,283-square-foot-space which previously held May’s Counter Chicken & Waffles at 2945 E. Speedway Blvd.
Istanbul will host a soft opening on Tuesday, August 13 and a grand opening on Friday, August 16. Customers will receive 15% off their bill on Thursday, August 22.
Chef-owner Kamran Esar will run the restaurant with his family, including his father, who has 45 years of butchery experience.
“He was one of my biggest supporters,” Esar said.
Yasin Buharali also joined the team as chef.
Since dishes are made fresh to order, the restaurant will be able to easily accommodate order modifications, Esar said. A wide variety of vegetable dishes will also be available.
Additionally, the menu will feature specials such as lamb shank, manti, lamb chops, okra, and more.
Istanbul will also feature fresh house-made desserts such as baklava and jalebi.
While the restaurant space will be remodeled, the large bar will remain a point of emphasis in the restaurant. The drink menu will include the most popular American and Middle Eastern beers and spirits, Esar said.
Tentative operating hours will be 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information, visit istanbultucson.com.