Much-anticipated Tempe Public Market Cafe to open Friday in south Tempe

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, January 9, 2018

TempePublicMarketExt010918The long-awaited Tempe Public Market Cafe, a casual neighborhood hangout offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner items featuring locally sourced ingredients, will open to the public at 7 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 12.

The project is the third from chef Aaron Chamberlain and his brother, Dave, who launched St. Francis in Phoenix in 2009 and the Phoenix Public Market Cafe in 2013.

The fast-casual eatery is located in a long-vacant – and extensively remodeled – Circle K on the northeast corner of Rural and Warner in south Tempe. The interior seats 75 people, while a covered front patio with a fireplace accommodates another 65.

The Tempe menu is similar to its Phoenix sibling’s – breakfast dishes, sandwiches, salads, and a few house specialties, such as pork chile verde pot pie. It also will include pizzas, something the Phoenix Public Market Cafe does not offer.


There also will be a retail section, a case of bagels and pastries, and another of to-go items.

Besides coffee drinks and juices, a full bar will have six beers on tap and more in cans and bottles, 11 wines by the glass or bottle, and half-dozen specialty cocktails.

Tempe Public Market Cafe will be open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

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