Weeks of persistent rumors became reality Monday when El Charro Cafe in Sahuarita closed after three years to make way for a restaurant with a more diverse menu and high-end beer.
A manager reached at the restaurant Monday said they plan to reopen in four to six weeks as a gastropub under the name Pub 22, serving “good food and good beer.” A gastropub generally refers to a pub or tavern that serves high-quality meals and beers.
The new restaurant will be operated by some of the same owners of El Charro along with others, manager David Guerrero said.
Sam Gelardi, head baseball coach at Sahuarita High and an El Charro owner, said he will remain an investor.
“It’s not a chain but it’s a new brand,” Guerrero said. “It seemed that it’s more along the lines of what Rancho Sahuarita wanted.”
The Sahuarita site opened in June 2010 in Rancho Sahuarita Marketplace. The sign was down on Monday.
The company said El Charro gift cards and Rewards Family points can be used at Pub 22.
El Charro owner Carlotta Flores said on her Facebook page that it wasn’t an easy decision to close.
“As everyone knows, running a local restaurant in Tucson continues to be a challenge. Before closing we worked with the new owners to replace El Charro with a fun new concept, Pub 22.”
Guerrero said he wasn’t sure how many people were employed at El Charro when it closed but that several moved to sister operations. He said the significance of 22 is that the family’s first cafe opened in 1922.
“We’re trying to keep it fun, trying to keep it fresh,” Guerrero said, promising the new venture “will still be family-friendly as well.”
This is the second El Charro location to close this year. The family owns three other restaurants in Tucson.