There is something special about the space at 14 E Pierce; truth be told it is important to downtown Phoenix. It was the community market for many years and is now home to something else special.. The Phoenix Public Market Cafe. If you are a fan of St. Francis on Camelback, you will likely be a regular at the Phoenix Public Market Café… Chef Aaron Chamberlin is the culinary brain behind both.
The Café, at it is already being called, opens for breakfast at 7:00am and goes all day with lunch and dinner offerings. Besides the food you’ll find a full bar, nice assortment of beers on draft, a somewhat pricy wine offering and a full coffee bar. The menu looks to be a casual mix of sandwiches, soups, salads and full entrees like a Pork Chile Verde “Pot Pie” and slow cooked rotisserie chicken. (I didn’t have a chance to try the chicken but it sure smelled good.)
Breakfast at the Cafe looks tempting with a leaning towards southwest inspired dishes. The “Devil’s Mess” blends veggies, chorizo and chilies while the “Evans-Churchill” combines quinoa with poached eggs and veggies. One other Cafe menu point I found important is the kids menu. Not only is it affordable at only 3 bucks, for every kids meal purchased the Aaron’s gang provides meals to hungry Valley kids via the St Mary’s Food Bank backpack program. FYI: Evans Churchill is the name of the neighborhood the Cafe is located.
The cafe itself is what might be termed a second gen adaptive reuse project. The building it calls home went through a nice adaptive phase when the Urban Grocery spruced things up in 2009 and the Chamberlin group tossed in some serious money to take it to a new level of refinement. I’d call the look “Vintage-Industrial.” The flavor of the 1940’s red brick building is the canvas and they’ve done a nice paint job on top of it. I especially like the open beam ceilings and the look of the impressive kitchen (lots of stainless) against the rustic wood and brick. Another nicety is the St. Francis like patio that looks into the restaurant from the east.
The farmers market itself is still open and will likely benefit from the new and old patrons the Café will generate. For more info you can take a trip down Central Ave and visit the Cafe on the NE Corner of Central and Pierce or peruse their web site at www.PhxPublicMarket.com .
We want to extend our welcome to the Cafe, the Chamberlin brothers, and a special shout to one of the managers, Corey Dunlap, who happens to be one of our clients. Way to go and thanks to all for your faith and commitment to downtown Phoenix.
Gene Urban & Ron Urban
The Urban Team at Realty Executives
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