Central Block Rehabilitation

February 5, 2018

The former space at 98 E Congress was home to Wig-O-Rama which opened Downtown in 1976. Developers plan for a coffee shop to occupy the space after remodeling (Photo/DTP March 6. Rendering courtesy Schwabe/Dabdoub).


Under Construction:

Developers Ron Schwabe and Marcel Dabdoub are partnering to remodel the buildings at 98 (former Wig-o-Rama), 100 (former Grill), 108, and 110 (former Voodoo Jacks) East Congress Street into over 9,000 sqft of space for dining and retail. Each space will have the original brick facade rejuvenated close to its original splendor. Tucson’s Ten 55 Brewing Company will open a restaurant and bar in the 110 E space, while tenants for the other three spaces have yet to be confirmed. The corner 98 building (shown in the picture) is rumored to have interest from chain beverage giant, Starbucks Coffee, but has not been confirmed.

Crews are currently working on restoring the historic brick facade dating back to the early 1900’s as well as the interior. Ten 55 Brewing’s Restaurant and Bar is expected to be open by this year.


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