After nearly 30 years, Kingfisher Bar & Grill has new ownership

By Matt Sterner
October 24, 2022

"We’re excited for Kingfisher 2.0."

Passing the torch isn't always easy but it's a simple decision when you know your business is in good hands. After 29 years, Jeff Azersky and Jim "Murph" Murphy of Kingfisher Bar & Grill have sold the restaurant at 2564 E. Grant Rd.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Hawaiian Fish at Kingfisher (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Macadamia Nut Crusted Hawaiian Fish at Kingfisher (Credit: Jackie Tran)

"We have sold Kingfisher Bar & Grill," Azersky and Murphy said in a statement. "The young couple, Jacqueline Kuder and Ted Burhans, that will be taking over are experienced, energetic, longtime Tucsonans, excited to continue to keep Kingfisher going in much the same manner as it always has been."

Azersky and Murphy made the announcement on Monday, October 24, and the new owners take over tomorrow, Tuesday.

"It’s a good thing from our perspective," said Azersky. "I’m excited because they’re invested in the community. She's an accomplished chef who used to write for the Tucson Weekly, and he’s a great front-of-the-house kind of guy. We’re excited for Kingfisher 2.0."

Since 1993, Kingfisher Bar & Grill has been winning awards for its cuisine, which includes a variety of seafood, grilled meats, and poultry dishes. Most importantly, it's been luring the appetites of locals for nearly 30 years.

"We would like to say thank you for all of your support," said Azersky and Murphy. "Through thick and thin, over the last 29 years, we have always been grateful for how many guests would come to dine here with such regularity. There are so many great restaurants in Tucson, and for some reason you chose us. To our staff, many of whom have been here as long as we have, we also want to say thank you. Kingfisher would not have enjoyed the success he have had without them."

Photo by Janelle Montenegro

The restaurant is open for lunch 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Tuesday - Saturday (reservations are required from 4 - 9 p.m.) Curbside carryout is available to order from 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m on Tuesday – Saturday with pickup between 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Kingfisher is located at 2564 E. Grant Rd. For more information, call (520) 323-7739 and visitkingfishertucson.com

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