Old World charm at new The Coronet cafe


Sitting on the corner of Tucson, Arizona… at The Coronet café , on the SE corner of 4th Avenue and E. 9th Street.

It’s a lovely new restaurant (just opened on Palm Sunday, April, 13, 2014 at 402 E. 9th St.), with a lot of European charm. Almost makes you think you’re in Paris or the Provence.Coronetlogo

I stopped by for lunch this week and ate on their charming outdoor patio which seats 44 people.  The choices are online at the website, and I chose a Leafy green salad (with roasted tomato & garlic, cucumbers with lemon oil) and a cup of the day’s soup (meatball & lentil).  Both were delicious  and refreshing. The soup came with carrots/onions/spinach as well, with Sumac pita bread slices, and the salad was fresh and tasty, with a refined tomato taste.  They also offer Tartines and a Ploughman’s lunch, with other salad choices. See online menus here: http://cafecoronet.com/

Inside seating (décor is black/green) is 18 on tables with carved black wicker chairs, and 8 seats at the bar. Notice the stained glass highlights and antique furnishings look when you drop by to eat or drink.

The owners stopped by my table to say hello and I spoke with Gregor Kretschmann and Sally Kane, both Americans who come from European backgrounds.  Gregor is German/Scot and Sally is Polish.  The name of the restaurant The Coronet symbolizes  the “lesser crown of a nobleman” and also represents the Coronado Hotel (which the restaurant is located in) since coronado in Spanish means “the crowned one”.

This new café is at a perfect location, on a corner as I mentioned on  busy 4th Avenue. While sitting outside I watched people stroll by on 4th Avenue to/fro the underpass to downtown Tucson, as well as the Sun Link modern streetcar passing by smoothly (currently in the testing stage, to start operations on July 25).

The Coronet is open right now daily from 7 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m., except Mondays 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekends they serve a brunch buffet from 8 a.m. to “late”. Call ahead if you desire definite reservations at 520-222-9889.

Photo below courtesy of Gregor,  of some of their fabulous creations:


L: Saucission en Brioche (Swedish potato salad/herbed aioli – leafy salad), C: Ploughman’s lunch (meat,cheese,veggies w/ all the usual drag & tackle), R: Ratatouille baked eggs (Chevre/spinach/spuds – leafy salad).  All these dishes sound wonderful and I hope to drop by again for another lunch of dinner. On their dinner menu I noticed “Tilapia en paillote” (fennel, peas, spinach & cardomon crème, black lentils, sauce verte). How ingenious and interesting.

Check out more photos on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CoronetTucson

Remember The Coronet when you’re looking for a new brasserie-style café to experience Old World charm, in the Old Pueblo.




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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).