Penca, literally means leaf or “fleshy leaf of an agave or cactus.” ... The leaves of the agave that have to be sheared off before you get to the piña.
Inspired by the burgeoning cultural renascence of downtown Tucson, Patricia Schwabe opened Penca in 2013 with the intention of creating a distinctive restaurant and bar for downtown residents and visitors.
Built in 1915, the building at 50 E. Broadway Blvd. originally served as a Graham Brothers Truck Garage but had since fallen into disuse. The development team of Weiner and Schwabe renovated the exterior of the building and gutted the interior, enabling Patricia to design the space from scratch using reclaimed materials from the neighborhood. Penca's wood tabletops are repurposed beams from the former Santa Rita Hotel one block to the east. The concrete bar is a repurposed sidewalk slab from S. Scott Ave. poured by the WPA.
In addition to honoring the material and cultural legacy of downtown, Patricia wanted to pay homage to the diverse traditions represented in Mexico City, where her family comes from. Penca's kitchen creates dishes that reflect Spanish, French, and indigenous ingredients and techniques synthesized in central Mexican cooking.
Tuesday 11am – 11pm
Wednesday 11am – 11pm
Thursday 11am – 11pm
Friday 11am – 12am
Saturday 11am – 12am
Sunday 11am – 10pm
Happy Hour 3pm – 5pm
Patricia Schwabe, Proprietor
David Solorzano, Chef
Bryan Eichhorst, Beverage Director
James A Wasson IV, Service Manager