Tempe Public Market Cafe has opened on the northeast corner of Warner and Rural roads in Tempe, repurposing a long-standing Circle K site. The concept has been a hit for Chef Aaron Chamberlin in downtown Phoenix since 2012.
Special to AFN

Chef Aaron Chamberlin has come home to the East Valley – and has a seat for you at the table.

His Tempe Public Market Cafe opened Jan. 12 at 8749 S. Rural Road, on the northeast corner of Warner Road in Tempe.

The East Valley location is the second Valley Public Market Café for Chamberlin and his brother, David, who also opened the Phoenix Public Market Cafe downtown in 2012 and, three years earlier, St. Francis in midtown Phoenix.

“I’m so excited to bring this restaurant to the Southeast Valley, where I grew up,” said Chef Aaron Chamberlin, who graduated from Mesa High in 1991.

Repurposing a long-standing Circle K, the new restaurant combines a casual eatery, retailer and outdoor urban oasis, serving health-focused breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The clean-lined new location was designed by Christoph Kaiser of Kaiserworks in Phoenix.

The communal patio provides inviting flexible space for morning coffee and evening tete-a-tetes, with fire pits, fountains and seating options. And, guests can shop for items from local artisans in the cafe’s retail section. Wines, beers and craft cocktails are also available.

Tempe resident Amanda Deuchar is the executive chef. For breakfast, guests may try fresh-baked pastries and classic and contemporary breakfast dishes, among them the quinoa bowl, with poached eggs, market vegetables and pesto.

An assortment of sandwiches, burgers and leafy greens offer a broad lunch menu. These include the AB&J – an “adult” PB&J with almond butter, sliced apples and jelly on nine-grain bread – the superfood salad, with kale, quinoa, broccoli, avocado and other elements served with a raw apple cider vinaigrette.

Entrées for dinner include pork chile verde pot pie and brick pressed chicken.

There also is a variety of pizzas, available daily from 11 a.m. to close, including The Garden, with tomato, spaghetti squash, roasted peppers, onions, avocado and lemon; and The Rancher, with Schreiner’s sausage, pepperoni, cheese and house tomato sauce.

The Tempe location is designed to be particularly family friendly. The setup of the Tempe location also favors private parties, and the new restaurant will offer Presta Coffee, based in Tucson.

The two Public Market Café locations are more casual; guests order at a window and the waitstaff brings the food to their tables, inside or out.

Guests who visit Tempe Public Market Café through Friday, Jan. 19, will receive a free cookie or cup of coffee with the purchase of any entree.

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