HighWire’s new dining room, revamped menu and molecular mixology
Waffles for buns? Sure!
HighWirewhich is nestled just behind Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Marketofficially took over the old Independent Distillery location. The restaurant and bar aren’t too hard to find either as they are conveniently located directly across the patio from where they used to be.
Those familiar with the former layout of the independent distillery will immediately notice a much more open space. The new dining room is large enough for multiple tables, creating additional opportunities for even more people to come in and try the new map.
There is even a small stage for live music.
When it comes to new dishes, however, HighWire took a more curated approach and did some research before applying the finishing touches.
“We revamped based on customer feedback,” said Javier Castillo, owner of HighWire. “Adding many plates and appetizers to share from the old style of dinner service at one entree per person”. HighWire’s new menu features fun and creative offerings like our Sonoran Corndog, Avocado toastand Chorizo Cheeseburger.”
Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market Open Beef Patty Topped with Onion Rings and Homemade Chorizo Sauce
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Homemade spicy chicken between waffles and topped with bacon-jalapeno jam with a side of hot sauce
“The Trio of fries and dips and Plate of homemade hummus become fan favorites alongside our Sonoran fries“Castillo said.
Trio of fries and dips
House Salsa, Guacamole, and Chorizo Cheese Dip with Crispy Tortilla Chips
Fries with carne asada, pinto beans, pico, mustard, mayo, salsa verde, cilantro
On Sundays, a different menu is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — HighWire’s Weekly brunch service. While Castillo likes all the dishes, there have been a few obvious highlights.
“We have added Street Fair Mini Pancakes and one Monte Cristo on Hawaiian bread to the lineup,” he said. “They perfectly complement the Cotton candy mimosa towers.”
On that note, obviously the extra dining space allows more people to join in on the fun, but it also provides more room for bar staff. Since the completion of the renovations, the crew have been able to experiment with new cocktails, much like the popular Strokes of pearls.
For those wondering, these molecular injections are vegan, meaning they don’t contain any kind of gelatin. In addition, a “flavor of the month” is being created. It looks like you’ll have to take a trip to the restaurant every few weeks – if you’re not already, of course.
What’s going on with the old space on the other side of the patio?
After going through Johnny Gibson’s or leaving the alley, you’ll notice that the original location is still intact and pending. HighWire staff will still be using the area and there’s plenty more to come as well.
“For now, we still use the small space on the weekends as a bar and it’s a fan favorite on Sundays,” Castillo said. “We will do a full remodel of the small space in 2023 as well as a full patio renovation to match.”
HighWire is open 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday.
Also, don’t forget that the kitchen is open from 5pm to 9pm Tuesday to Thursday, 5pm to 9pm on Friday, 4pm to 9pm on Saturday and 10am to 9pm on Sunday.
HighWire is located at 14 S. Arizona Ave. For more information, visit highwiretucson.com or follow HighWire on Instagram. Highwire is also part of Sonoran Restaurant Week 2022. Their menu, as well as others, can be found here.