If you live in the area, if you may have wondered what happened to Arcadia Tavern. The fun local neighborhood eatery and hangout was a haven for sports fans (it was one of the main spots to watch University of Arizona games for this writer), but it permanently closed in 2020. It’s now opening up again under a different concept with new owners, new food and a new brand, according to new social media accounts that have popped up.
The new name is the same although in Spanish — Taberna de Arcadia, and it’s being billed as a modern Arizona-themed restaurant with a spotlight on in-house smoked meats, vegetables and vertical rotisserie “al pastor style” items. It’s meant to evoke the good memories of eating barbecue while putting direct focus on Arizona flavor profiles. The meats are rubbed and smoked in an on-site smoker by Chef Blaise Biller who will be leading up the restaurant’s efforts. Biller has worked at Valley favorites like the Bevvy Uptown and the Porch Arcadia (the owners of Porch are partnering up for this new concept, according to Arcadia News). He’ll be using wood flavors like citrus, pecan and mesquite and embracing simple, honest ingredients including as many local products as possible. The menu will be seasonally driven to continuously strengthen bonds with surrounding purveyors, dairies, cheesemakers, breweries, ranchers, wineries and farmers, according to the website. The restaurant is eager to share its fondness of quality driven products while staying true to local flavors and preparing food that makes everyone happy with quality service. There will additionally be a tequila program and unique speciality craft cocktails.
Taberna de Arcadia is set to open soon, and they are now hiring for all front and back of the house positions if you are looking for a job (they’ve got you covered for positions like barback, server, general manager and more). In the meantime, you can get excited about what is sure to be a flavorful and fun new dining experience. We’ll keep you updated when it officially opens!