I had the pleasure of visiting Vail's newest destination: Hot Rods Old Vail. I have to admit, it is the neatest concept for a restaurant I have ever come across. The entire project came about more than five years ago, when a design for a working garage and restaurant and lounge came together.
Hot Rods opened July 11, 2012 with an amazing display of classic cars and restored vehicles lining the restaurant. Inside the restaurant, tables overlook the garage (lined with safety glass of course) as they restore classic vehicles and rebuild engines. According to it's website, Hot Rods is now open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with the lounge opening at 5. Most entrees were priced between 8-15 dollars, with the most expensive thing on the menu being the New York Strip Steak for $17 with a side of veggies and choice of potato.
This is one of those places you have to see to believe, but I did manage to grab a snapshot of the real M&M NASCAR in the front lobby. This is one of the places I have found in Tucson that is also family friendly. Garage doors come down between the bar and dining area after 5, and the main lounge upstairs is 21+.
Hot Rods Old Vail is certainly one of a kind, and first of its kind to my knowledge. We're excited to have new businesses opening in Vail, Arizona to catch up with all the homes that were built and sold since Rita Ranch and Rancho Del Lago first opened up. Check them out, and let me know what you think!