Please help Cafe 54 and Truck 54



I had just eaten lunch at the popular downtown Cafe 54 (located at 54 E. Pennington St. in Tucson) when this article asking for fundraising help (due to reduced insurance payments)  appeared in the AZ Daily Star (re-posted on their FB page): (post already has 100 shares via FB supporters).

For those of you who haven’t eaten there yet, the eclectic food is fresh and delicious, mostly southwest creations. The staff is  friendly and many have faced mental illness and are trying to get back into the work force.  I’ve been frequenting that restaurant for years, working downtown and have always enjoyed the rotating local artwork and friendly ambience.  We would hate to lose this wonderful restaurant in downtown Tucson (between Stone Ave. and Scott Ave.)

They also operate a popular food truck, Truck 54, which travels to various locations around Tucson. Best to check their current location via their FB page. I’ve tried their food  as well and it is equally delicious.

Here’s what the Star posted as how to help:

How to help Café 54

“Café 54, located at 54 E. Pennington St., offers catering services and is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Its mobile food truck, Truck 54, launched in 2014 and also serves American fusion cuisine.

To make a donation to support the nonprofit endeavors,

Or send a check to Coyote Task Force, 66 E. Pennington St., Tucson, AZ 85701.”

More info at They need $175,000 by the end of the year.



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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Thank you for your support of our programs, greatly appreciated.



    • You’re very welcome Christin. I love eating at your restaurant and wouldn’t want it to close. Hope my post helped raise some funds.

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