Tucson restaurants: Janos, JBar closing

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Wow! Two beloved Tucson restaurants will be closing its doors — Janos & J Bar.

I just got off the phone with Janos and the last day for both restaurants will be May 26.  Starting tonight, both restaurants will feature “greatest hits” of menu items.

So if these are indeed your favorite places — let your taste buds take a walk down memory lane.

As to why they are closing, according to Janos he has had an amicable 15 year relationship with Westin La Paloma and is ready to move on to new things. I admire Janos’ energy and creativity so much and know I will be at J Bar eating my favorite jerk pork dish with cranberry-habanero chutney. It’s what spicy culinary dreams are made of.

Janos is Tucson’s only James Beard Award winning chef to date.

Janos’ last cooking class at the Janos restaurant may still have some openings for this Saturday. Check it out!

Fortunately, his wonderful new restaurant Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails will remain open.  If you like calamari, Downtown Kitchen’s appetizer is among the best I’ve had locally.


  1. Edie

    It’s the end of an era but as long as Janos is still in Tucson we’ll still have access to his talents. I’m going to petition for him to add his J-Dawg to the happy hour — as opposed to the reverse happy hour — menu at Downtown. I’ve been in town almost as long as Janos. I can’t stay up that late.

  2. Tom

    Lotsa good meals there in both places, for a long time, thanks Janos.
    And Downtown is just fine also.

    I had always figured that the success/failure of the Westin locations was going to be largely dependent on the occupancy of the hotel itself, as well as our Tucson economy. so, um.

    It would be interesting to know who owns the buildings, who owns the dirt, etc. I’d bet a lease came to an end and they could not come to terms on its renewal. Tough business, this.

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