Tucson’s popular Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue is opening a storefront restaurant in Anthem, a master-planned community north of Phoenix.
The restaurant, taking residence in a former Pizza Hut at 3632 W. Anthem Way off Interstate 17, is expected to open in late May, said owner Sam Alboy. This will be the fifth location of the restaurant, whose other locations are spread throughout the Tucson area and in Sahuarita.
Alboy said the move is the company’s baby steps to expanding into the Phoenix market. “Phoenix is such a big, vast market. We felt we could make a difference in one town and get know (the market) and maybe expand from there,” he said.
Alboy on Monday said his next Tucson restaurant will be on the south side.