(UPDATE: TEMP. CLOSED) Sneak peek at the DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails summer menu (PHOTOS)

[06/23/2020 11:20 p.m. update: temporarily closing in response to COVID-19]

To our wonderful guests,

When we reopened DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails two weeks ago, we hoped it would be for a long time.

Unfortunately, the continued volatility created by the pandemic and rising case numbers in our community makes the difficult decision to close our doors again, the right one.

We hope each of and your families are healthy and safe and find moments of joy and delicious food in the coming weeks. All of us look forward to reopening at a time when we will have less concerns about safety and will once again be able to enjoy more carefree evenings out.

We will keep you posted.

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails is back open, months after closing in response to COVID-19.

To help accommodate with social distancing, the restaurant has removed more than half of the dining tables inside the restaurant. Additionally, the outdoor dining area has doubled with the parking lot north of the building converted into additional patio space.

“Safety is our primary concern as we reopen,” said Janos Wilder, chef at DTKC. “Our best practices go way beyond providing lots of room between tables. Our service protocols have been entirely adjusted to protect all of us.”

The new menu features some returning classic dishes, such as the calamari, along with new dishes inspired by Tucson’s fellow Cities of Gastronomy.

“Our goal is to make every meal at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails a delicious fun getaway where our guests can leave everyday concerns behind and enjoy themselves”.

Operating hours are 5 – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails Summer 2020 Menu Highlights

Chilled Andalusian Mango Gaspacho – strawberries, mint syrup, candied kumquats

Chilled Andalusian Mango Gaspacho at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chilled Andalusian Mango Gaspacho at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pork Meatballs With Porcini + Prosciutto – pomodoro, pesto aioli crostini

Pork Meatballs With Porcini + Prosciutto at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pork Meatballs With Porcini + Prosciutto at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Indonesian Style Fried Hamachi Collar – pickled cucumber + carrot slaw, nuoc cham

Indonesian Style Fried Hamachi Collar at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Indonesian Style Fried Hamachi Collar at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Crispy Salmon Belly Toast Points (4) – salmon belly blended with scallions, ginger, sesame oil aioli, fried; kabayaki sauce, toasted sesame seeds, scallions

Crispy Salmon Belly Toast Points at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Crispy Salmon Belly Toast Points at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Borderland Meyer Lemon Chive Crab Causa (2) – Yukon gold whipped potatoes, street vendors corn, green chili vinaigrette, avocado, salsa fresca, spicy black bean puree

Borderland Meyer Lemon Chive Crab Causa at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Borderland Meyer Lemon Chive Crab Causa at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Landlocked Fresh Water Shrimp Mojo De Ajo + Chile Colorado – creamy green chile masa, salsa fresca, crunchy tortilla shards

Landlocked Fresh Water Shrimp Mojo De Ajo + Chile Colorado at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Landlocked Fresh Water Shrimp Mojo De Ajo + Chile Colorado at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Oyster Po-boy – bacon, tomato, shredded lettuce, Cajun remoulade, garlic baguette

Oyster Po-boy at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Oyster Po-boy at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ma Po Tofu – tofu, shiitakes, bok choy, greens, scallions, rice noodles

Ma Po Tofu at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ma Po Tofu at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Three Mushroom Pasta – shell pasta, portobello, shiitake + crimini mushrooms, peas, mushroom broth, basil oil, mushroom chips Grana Padano foam

Three Mushroom Pasta at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Three Mushroom Pasta at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak + Braised Carrots, Preserved Lemon, Chickpea Croutons – frisee salad, roasted beets, dark cherry balsamico

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak + Braised Carrots, Preserved Lemon, Chickpea Croutons at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak + Braised Carrots, Preserved Lemon, Chickpea Croutons at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Braised Lamb Tostada – spicy black beans, jicama salad, queso fresca, pickled cholla buds, sweet ‘n’ sour, cherry bombs, jalapeno orange vinaigrette, grilled green onions

Braised Lamb Tostada at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Braised Lamb Tostada at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Yucatan Plantain Encrusted Chicken – pineapple rice, green coconut milk curry, slaw

Yucatan Plantain Encrusted Chicken at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Yucatan Plantain Encrusted Chicken at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chewy Thai Honey + Spiced Baby Back Ribs – honey, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, soy marinade; crisp, creamy coconut milk, rice cake, pounded mango salad

Chewy Thai Honey + Spiced Baby Back Ribs at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chewy Thai Honey + Spiced Baby Back Ribs at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails is located at 135 S. Sixth Ave. For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 623-7700 or visit downtownkitchen.com.

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_.

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