Last week, after nearly two years in business, the owners of Tempe Public Market Cafe announced that they will, be their doors permanently. Located on South Rural road, the restaurant opened in January of 2018. In a statement published on their Facebook page, the owners stated, “This was not an easy decision and we can not express our gratitude for every person that has supported us on this journey. We have seen great success here, however, this was the next leg of our journey.”
The restaurant was owned by the brother duo of Aaron and Dave Chamberlain. Aaron was the chef for the restaurant as well, however, last June, Aaron announced that he would be stepping away from the restaurant. He currently maintains his ownership of both Phoenix Public Marketplace in downtown Phoenix and Taco Chelo, a Mexican restaurant on Roosevelt road. In a statement, Aaron said, “I’ll be putting all of my energy into making the Phoenix Public Market Café a continued success and growing Taco Chelo.”
Meanwhile, with the closing of Tempe Public, Dave will be taking the helm full time at Tempe Public’s sister restaurant, Ghost Ranch. Gift cards to Tempe Public can either be refunded or used at Ghost Ranch.
The news of Tempe Market Cafe’s closing comes just 7 months after the Tempe eatery reopened its doors after being temporarily closed to allow for renovations that included more room for table seating. According to the Arizona Republic, the renovations cost a quarter of a million to redesign the 3,400 square foot building.
The changes also included expanding the menu to include full service brunch and dinners. The announcement did note however that the team is continuing to grow and alerted patrons to stay tuned for the next chapter, though not specific details were given.
Tempe Public Market Cafe was known in the area for its fresh cuisine made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local and organic farms. Even the cocktails were made with local mix-ins. Two favorites include the Lee Trevino and the sangria, both of which survived the renovations and menu shake up.
Frequent patrons often cited their weekend brunch and happy hour as reasons for returning. The restaurant’s slogan was “building community through food.” Their menu was health focused and offered hearty sandwiches, crisp salads, fresh-baked pastries, and handmade pizzas baked. The eatery marketed itself as a “casual neighborhood hangout.”
In the mean time
At the end of the restaurant’s goodbye post on social media, it noted “we love this community in South Tempe and we are grateful to have been a part of its growth.” Over the years South Tempe and South Phoenix have been expanding to revamp their communities. Of late there has been much new development from apartment buildings to local businesses and restaurants. Tempe Marketplace was one of the places that placed a hard emphasis on fostering community in the area.
Though there appear to be future plans, they are at the moment unknown. Until further notice, patrons can continue to enjoy Phoenix Public Market Cafe which offers much of the same things as its Tempe counterpart. Guests there can choose from a variety of different salads, sandwiches, burgers, soups, and a selection of shareables.