By Michele Laudig
That's right, Citybakery -- the cute, contemporary cafe attached to the cavernous Bentley Projects art gallery -- has closed, leaving Downtown with one less lunch option.
That's not to say that you still can't get Citybakery's tasty sandwiches and salads, though -- there is still another Citybakery a few blocks away, at the Arizona Science Center.
Owner Carolyn Ellis says it's a consolidation of the two operations that's been in the works since Citybakery/Arcadia Farms got the opportunity to move into the Science Center -- which is closer to ASU and the Convention Center -- last summer. Ellis simply closed the Bentley Projects location when the lease expired.
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Ellis tells me that she will continue to cater events for gallery owner Bentley Dillard.
In addition, she plans to open another Citybakery in 2009 in the newly renovated Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
"The plans for the café are currently in the design phase with the Scottsdale Cultural Council and will be developed over the coming year," Ellis says.