MECA, Music Entertainment and Culinary Arts development program, is an ArtFare program offering participants unique entrepreneurial opportunities (since Jan 2006) wherein ArtFare staff and 25 volunteers offer assistance developing a business model for artists. Two new ArtFare projects developed in 2008 provide funding for the arts in the Cultural Arts Corridor of Downtown Tucson.
Burger City offers gourmet burgers and unexpected side dishes as well as a pickle bar. There is a large screen TV set up for viewing both the kitchen (food performance art?) as well as for viewing other specially scheduled programs. The full menu is available for takeout. A hip and exciting hangout which attracts downtown city employees as well as the college after-sports, after-theater crowd, Burger City features hand pressed burgers and locally baked buns with fresh, hand cut fries or a side of street roasted corn. Everything on the menu is ala carte, and, a new and exciting dessert is featured weekly. Several tables are designated "creativity tables" and art supplies are offered for up and coming DiVinci's to create on the wooden surfaces.
Chef Jesse Andre and Manager Roy Schaefer, are pleased to invite you to enjoy a burger and support the Tucson arts at the same time. Now that's a donation you can wrap around! Located at 47 N. 6th Avenue in the heart of downtown, the restaurant is open from 11 am until 10 pm Monday through Wednesday and from 11 am until 3 am Thursday through Saturday to accommodate the club crowd. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.
Kelly's Market is conveniently located next door and in the finest tradition of bodegas and delis will offer deli foods (prepared in the Burger City kitchen )as well as stocking some of life's necessities. Downtown and running late from work but have to pick up some milk and puppy chow on the way home? Call it in, pay with credit or debit, and drive up to the front of the market. They'll have it bagged ready for you to pay and dash home.
Profits from both Burger City and Kelly's will support the non-profit endeavors of ArtFare, after costs and wages for its cheerful employees. For more information, contact Executive Director Tig Collins at space[at]artfare[dot]org.