HighWire’s new dining room, revamped menu & molecular mixology


September 7, 2022
By Matt Sterner

Waffles for buns? Sure!

HighWire, which is nestled right behind Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, has officially taken over the former Independent Distillery location. The restaurant and bar isn’t too hard to find either because it’s conveniently positioned directly across the patio from where it used to be.

Those familiar with the former layout of Independent Distillery will immediately notice a much more open space. The new dining room is large enough for multiple tables, creating additional opportunities for even more folks to come in and try out the new menu.

HighWire's new location
Photo courtesy of HighWire

There’s even a small stage for live music.

When it comes to the new dishes, though, HighWire took a more curated approach and did some research before applying the final touches.

“We’ve revamped based on customer feedback,” said Nick Wayne, owner of HighWire. “Adding lots of shareable plates and finger foods versus the old ‘one entree per person style of dinner service. HighWire’s new menu features fun and creative offerings like our Sonoran Corndog, Avocado Toast, and Chorizo Cheeseburger.”

Chorizo Cheeseburger

Open-faced, all-beef patty from Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market that’s topped with onion rings and a housemade chorizo cheese sauce
Chorizo Cheeseburger (Photo courtesy of HighWire)
Chorizo Cheeseburger (Photo courtesy of HighWire)

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Housemade spicy chicken between waffles and topped with bacon-jalapeno jam with a side of hot sauce
Spice Chicken Sandwich at HighWire (Photo courtesy of HighWire)
Spice Chicken Sandwich at HighWire (Photo courtesy of HighWire)

“The Chips & Dip Trio and Homemade Hummus Platter are becoming fan favorites alongside our Sonoran Fries,” said Wayne.

Chips & Dip Trio

Housemade salsa, guacamole, and chorizo cheese dip with crispy tortillas chips
Chips & Dip Trio at HighWire (Photo courtesy of HighWire)
Chips & Dip Trio at HighWire (Photo courtesy of HighWire)

Sonoran Fries

French fries with carne asada, pinto beans, pico, mustard, mayo, salsa verde, cilantro
Sonoran Fries at HighWire (Photo courtesy of HighWire)
Sonoran Fries at HighWire (Photo courtesy of HighWire)

On Sunday, there’s a different menu available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. — HighWire’s weekly brunch service. While Wayne is fond of all of the dishes, there’s been a few obvious standouts.

“We’ve added Street Fair Mini Pancakes and a Monte Cristo on Hawaiian bread to the lineup,” he said. “They perfectly complement the Cotton Candy Mimosa Towers.”

Mimosa Tower at HighWire (Photo courtesy of HighWire)
Cotton Candy Mimosa Tower at HighWire (Photo courtesy of HighWire)

On that note, it’s apparent that the added dining space allows more folks to join in on the fun, but it’s also providing more room for the bar staff. Since the renovations wrapped up, the crew has been able to experiment with new cocktails, much like the popular Pearl Shots.

For those wondering, these molecular shots are vegan, meaning they don’t include any sort of gelatin. Plus, there’s a rotating “flavor of the month” being created. It sounds like you’ll need to take a trip to the restaurant every few weeks — if you already aren’t, that is.

Pearl Shots at HighWire (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)
Pearl Shots at HighWire (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)
What’s going on with the former space across the patio?

After making your way through Johnny Gibson’s or from the alley, you’ll notice that the original location is still intact and on standby. The staff at HighWire is still going to utilize the area and there’s much more to come, too.

“For now, we still use the small space on weekends as a bar and it’s a fan favorite on Sunday,” said Wayne. “We will do a full remodel of the small space in 2023 along with a full patio renovation to match.”

HighWire is open 5 p.m. – midnight on Monday – Wednesday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Thursday – Friday, 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – midnight on Sunday.

Also, keep in mind that the kitchen is open 5 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday – Thursday, 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday, 4 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday.

HighWire is located at 14 S. Arizona Ave. For more information, visit highwiretucson.com or follow HighWire on Instagram. Highwire is also part of Sonoran Restaurant Week 2022. Their menu, along with others, can be found here

 

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