Westward Look Resort, a favorite Tucson, Arizona, vacation destination, has announced its new director of restaurants, Morgan Puffenbarger. In his new role, Puffenbarger will oversee Westward Look’s award-winning GOLD restaurant; the entertaining Lookout Bar & Grille; the Monsoon Café, serving Starbucks coffee; Oasis, the resort’s poolside bar; and room service.
So far, Westward Look’s new director of restaurants has plans to help create a fresh fall menu for both of the resort’s on-site dining venues, GOLD and Lookout Bar & Grille. The new menus will debut in mid-September.
Puffenbarger is also making changes at the Lookout Bar & Grille to accommodate the football season. He plans to move the Saturday night live musical entertainment to Friday nights for the fall. The Grille will then feature football on-screen on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and will offer a dining special for the season: a choice of a brat or hot dog and a draft beer for only $9.
While he’s new to Westward Look, Puffenbarger is no stranger to Tucson or the restaurant industry. He attended Tucson’s Saguaro High School and the University of Arizona, and has been involved in the food and beverage industry on many levels since 1988. His work has taken him from Tucson to Phoenix, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Chicago. After working various positions in the restaurant business, including server, bartender, and cook, Puffenbarger opened two venues of his own in Chicago. He ran a tavern named Flounders and an upscale restaurant called Sausalito Restaurant and Martini Bar from 1999 to 2005.
Following the sale of his Chicago restaurants, Puffenbarger and his family returned to Tucson. He was hired on at Westward Look, Tucson’s first resort, this August.
Puffenbarger says of Westward Look, “It’s a great property with a great history; the facility, views, and people are second to none.”