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

Book the Restaurant

If you would like to book the whole restaurant on a Monday, please give us a call at (520) 203-7681
or send an email to to discuss catering options.
We look forward to making your event a success.

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Call us at (520) 203-7681 or book online with Yelp Reservations. Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.


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