15+ Local restaurants that permanently closed in 2022

Tucson’s culinary scene was rather busy in 2022. Numerous restaurants opened their doors for the first time, others reopened after being closed for a while, and local chefs and businesses were showcased on a national — perhaps global — level.

Pizza and salad at 1702 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pizza and salad at 1702 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

However, like anything, nothing lasts forever and a handful of local restaurants and businesses permanently closed their doors this year. Here’s a list of a few (not all) that are no longer serving hungry Tucsonans.

For more information on the new local businesses that opened in Tucson this year, check out our article “60+ Restaurants, bars & food trucks that opened or reopened in 2022.”

4 SEASONS RESTAURANT

1423 W. Miracle Mile
Top of Siam at 4 Seasons Restaurant (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Top of Siam at 4 Seasons Restaurant (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

The spot that served Thai, Chinese, and American cuisine, shared the following on Facebook:

“We have provided high-quality Thai food for nine years and have been an enthusiastic part of the local community. Thank you for making 4 Seasons Restaurant one of the town’s most popular eating establishments.”

For more information, read the full article

1702 / THE ADDRESS BREWING

1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
Beer at 1702 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

IPA at 1702 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The news came about on Facebook when the brewery shared the following:

“It is with a broken heart that I have to inform everyone that 1702 will be closing on May 27th. I do not have the words to express how much you all have meant to us over the last 15 years. So many friendships were formed and memories were made within these walls. You have made us so very happy and I truly hope we gave some of that happiness back to you dear friends. Thanks, Tucson, for everything. We love you all so much.”

For more information, read the full article

Buena Vida Restaurant

919 N. Stone Ave. #1104
Buena Vida Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Buena Vida Restaurant on Facebook

The restaurant nestled next to the Sahara Apartments on Stone Avenue closed its doors recently, saying goodbye to its burritos, tortas, and lucha libre decor.

For more information and any updates on a reopening or relocation, follow Buena Vida Restaurant on Facebook

CHEF CHIC

1104 S. Wilmot Rd.
Lemon Tahini Cauliflower Salad at Chef Chic (Credit: Jenn Teufel Schoenberger)

Lemon Tahini Cauliflower Salad at Chef Chic (Credit: Jenn Teufel Schoenberger)

Chef Wendy Gauthier, who many know as the 2019 Iron Chef Tucson champion and owner of Chef Chic, embarked on a new journey in Tucson’s culinary world. On Sunday, October 30, she closed her restaurant, Chef Chic, and took on the role of executive chef for the Lodge at Ventana Canyon.

“It’s great for me and my family — for my team,” said Gauthier. “It’s going to be an exciting, exciting adventure.”

For more information, read the full article

Donut Wheel

4801 S. Campbell Ave.
Photo courtesy of Donut Wheel on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Donut Wheel on Facebook

It wasn’t ideal but the owners, Sam and Sandra Phetdara, had been on a month-to-month lease with the property management company since 2007, so the possibility of them needing to move out of the building had been on their minds for quite some time.

For more information, read the full article.

Fat Noodle

811 E. Wetmore Rd.
Fat Noodle

Photo courtesy of Fat Noodle on Facebook

After a four-year run, the ramen shop Fat Noodle has decided to close up its brick-and-mortar restaurant and will now make the food truck its focal point, which is how the restaurant originally got its start.

Looking forward, Fat Noodle’s food truck is still excited to be catering events and is planning on setting up shop at several spots around town like it has been for years. The food truck made its debut in July 2014 and its from-scratch approach, including noodles made with local Sonoran wheat, has earned a nice following ever since.

For more information, read the full article.

FRANKIE’S SOUTH PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS

2574 N. Campbell Ave.
Cheesesteak from Frankie's Cheeseteaks

Photo courtesy of Frankie’s Cheeseteaks & Hoagies on Facebook

The restaurant shared the news by posting a note on its door, stating the following:

“We are sad to announce that this location will be closing permanently on Friday, December 31, 2021, at 2 p.m. Unfortunately, we were unable to come to a lease agreement with our landlord. Thank you for your support, loyalty, and kindness over the years. Our Ina location will remain open and continue to serve the food that makes Philly famous. Please continue to support your small family-owned businesses in the community. We cannot survive without you.”

With that being said, the Marana location is still up and running. The location at 3780 W. Ina Rd. #184 has a brand new bar, adding more draft beer, wine, canned and bottled beer, and a full selection of spirits.

For more information, read the full article.

L STATION CAFE & BAR

500 N. Fourth Ave. #1
L Station Cafe & Bar

L Station Cafe & Bar (Photo by Matt Sterner)

L Station Cafe & Bar opened its doors in December 2020, serving breakfast dishes, handhelds like burgers and chicken sandwiches, and plenty to sip on like coffee, beer, and cocktails.

Before the restaurant took over the spot, Chocolate Iguana was the familiar face on the corner before moving down the street at 413 N. Fourth Ave. in 2018.

For more information, read the full article

MANTIS GOURMET CHINESE FOOD

8250 N. Cortaro Rd.
Photo courtesy of Mantis Gourmet Chinese Food on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Mantis Gourmet Chinese Food on Facebook

At the end of this year, Mantis Gourmet Chinese Food is permanently closing its doors at 8250 N. Cortaro Rd. The very last day to grab a bite from the restaurant is Saturday, December 31.

There are some positive developments, though, for Mantis fans in Marana and beyond. The restaurant is planning to reopen again. They’re unsure of the whereabouts at the moment but keep an eye out on their social media for any updates.

For more information, read the full article

PIZZA LUNA

1101 N. Wilmot Rd., #119
Pizza oven for Pizza Luna at Cartel Coffee Lab downtown (Photo courtesy of Cartel Coffee Lab)

Pizza oven for Pizza Luna at Cartel Coffee Lab downtown (Photo courtesy of Cartel Coffee Lab)

The Portland-inspired pizza concept opened its doors in 2018 by co-owners and operators Tracy and Marc Frankel, who also run businesses in Oregon. Pizza Luna shared the news about the closure on social media, stating:

“Thank you, Tucson for welcoming us so warmly five years ago. Now it is time to say goodbye. We are grateful for your patronage and all the wonderful memories.”

For more information, read the full article

Sonoran Brunch Company

1060 S. Kolb Rd.
Wings and Waffles at Sonoran Brunch Company

Wings and Waffles at Sonoran Brunch Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Back in 2019, Sonoran Brunch Company moved into the former New Mexico diner Poco & Mom’s, but the restaurant closed its doors back in May. Since the closure, they’ve hosted pop-up brunches and sold cookies at Thunder Bacon Burger Co.

For more information and to keep up with the latest, follow Sonoran Brunch Company on Facebook

SULLIVAN’S EATERY & CREAMERY

6444 N. Oracle Rd.
Sullivan's Eatery & Creamery

Photo courtesy of Sullivan’s Eater & Creamery

It’s always a bummer to see local restaurants and businesses close up shop, especially so for a restaurant that’s been open for nearly half a century. Sullivan’s Eatery & Creamery, which opened 45 years ago on the northwest side, officially closed its doors at 6444 N. Oracle Rd. The restaurant was originally a Swensen’s and opened up back in 1977.

One of the reasons for the closure, according to Alex Mustaffa, is the certain business model in the current times. For example, the restaurant, which is a family-friendly restaurant that doesn’t serve alcohol, had steadier foot traffic before the pandemic threw a wrench into the day-to-day workflow.

For more information, read the full article

STAY NAKED KITCHEN

4695 N. Oracle Rd. #108
Stay Naked Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Stay Naked Kitchen on Instagram

The meal preppers announced the closure on Instagram, sharing the following:

“It is with a heavy heart that we are to inform you that due to market conditions, StayNaked Kitchen will, unfortunately, be closing its doors permanently. We appreciate and love you all for the kind and loving support y’all have displayed over the years. It has been such an honor to serve our community.”

For more information, read the full article

TEN55 BREWING COMPANY

110 E. Congress St.
Interior at Ten55 Brewing Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Interior at Ten55 Brewing Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The local beer house that began brewing 10 years ago, and then opened the doors to its downtown location in 2018, moved out of the space at 110 E. Congress St. in May.

With that being said, the new location, which an address has yet to be announced, will be closed for the summer while the crew gets the space prepared for brewing, eating, drinking, and good times.

For more information, read the full article

TINO’S PIZZA

6610 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tino's Pizza

Photo courtesy of Tino’s Pizza on Facebook

Tino’s Pizza didn’t give an exact reason why they’re closing, but simply the fact that they’re retiring Dino’s legacy after 37 years in business.

“We invite you to celebrate the end of an era with us. We appreciate all the love and support.”

For more information, read the full article

Tony’s New York Style Italian Deli

6219 E. 22nd St.
Credit: Tony's New York Style Italian Deli

Credit: Tony’s New York Style Italian Deli

The owners were unable to be reached about the closure, but a few details were left behind in a recorded message, which can be heard when calling the restaurant’s phone number.

“It saddens me to inform you that we will be permanently closed due to the COVID restrictions, forcing us to no longer be able to do business. We appreciate the loyalty of our customers over the last 42 years. Thank you again for your loyalty.”

For more information, read the full article

Wings Over Broadway

8838 E. Broadway Blvd.
Wings at Wings Over Broadway (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Wings at Wings Over Broadway (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The restaurant has gone through difficult obstacles over the last few years and it all eventually became too “much to overcome.”

“The only reason we have survived as long as we have is because of the truly great community,” Wings Over Broadway shared in a Facebook post. “We made a lot of great friendships and relationships over the years and we’ll never forget and will always appreciate all of you.”

For more information, read the full article

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