533 N 4th Ave

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Delectables…533 N. 4th Avenue

What is currently the dining room of Delectables was originally designed in 1946 by architect Art Brown, for Ingham and Ingham, a motorcycle shop with the Tucson Harley Davidson franchise. Brown’s curved glass wall created the building’s dramatic showcase for the magnificent machines on display in their new home. The Tucson Police Department’s entire fleet of motorcycles came from the Ingham showroom for over three decades as TPD motorcycle officers rode Harley Davidsons exclusively. In 1979, the Harleys were retired and the entire site was repurposed with a dramatic renovation. The motorcycle showroom was transformed into Delectable’s dining room, home to unusual antiques, unexpected treasures and a growing following of devoted diners as delighted with the decor as the superb cuisine.

Case in point: The dining room’s bar counter was once the women’s glove bar in the El Conquistador Hotel while the front register counter is a discovery from an old hotel overlooking the ocean in Santa Cruz, California. Some folks marvel at the back-story regarding the fence around the patio but it really did come from a relocated graveyard in Bisbee!

The Tucson community was drawn to this site from the beginning of construction in 1946 and welcomed the Ingham family as they moved their Harley Davidsons into the newly completed showroom. Delectables received the same generous support during renovation and appreciated their neighbors’ enthusiasm and creative contributions. Local artist Ron Nelson made the neon sign. Another talented Tucsonan, Louis Villa, designed the stained glass window. Everyone who discovers this inviting and unexpected gem shares a sense of connection, a home away from home. Delectables will remain a magnet for its eclectic and appreciative Tucson family for years to come.