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Wild Johnny's Rides Again!

Tucson, AZ--- A blast from the past was reborn at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails this week.  Twenty- seven years ago, Tucson’s James Beard Award- Winning Chef Janos Wilder opened one of the first “farm to table” food trucks in the country – Wild Johnny’s Wagon. In those days, it was a truly ground -breaking move.  For the next four years until Chef Wilder moved his restaurant operations to the foothills, Wild Johnny’s located in the Museum of Art Plaza, became the place for lunch downtown.

Fast forward to 2020 –with the Covid19 pandemic forcing restaurants to make creative changes to the way they serve guests, Wilder came up with an idea to expand his outdoor dining accommodations.  “Closing off our parking lot was a natural solution to finding more outdoor space”, said Wilder.  “It pushed us to think out of the box. This new iteration of Wild Johnny’s featuring a special “food truck” menu and live entertainment should make a lot of people very happy”.

The new dining/entertainment area has been transformed.  Forty movable seats allow for plenty of social distancing space.  As throughout DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails, safety measures are in effect at Wild Johnny’s .  All staff is masked and gloved.  All surfaces and chairs and restrooms are sanitized throughout the evening as guests come and go.  All shared items and menus have been eliminated – the menu is on a chalk board.  Staff health and temperature checks are done daily along with many additional safety measures. (a complete list can be found at

The performance stage will feature a great schedule of Tucson’ s top musicians.  This week:  Pablo Peregrina- Thursday 6/11, Naim Amor- Friday 6/12, Hank Topless- Saturday 6/13 and Tom Walbank- Sunday 6/14.  Weekly entertainment list can be found out

The “Buckboard” menu features a great selection of casual fare including tacos, tortas and burgers, sides of fries and more.  Several signature cocktails and a selection of premium wines and beers will be available.  

Wild Johnny’s is located at 135 S 6th Avenue in the parking lot at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails and is  open Thursday through Sunday from 7 -9pm .  For additional information visit or call 520-623-7700.  Reservations are not required.