Royal at the Market Closes Doors Today, Future Uncertain

See also: Aaron Chamberlin Will Open Farm-Focused Cafe in Urban Grocery Space See also:Downtown Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar to Close May 12; Wednesday/Saturday Market and Food Truck Friday Will Continue

After three and a half years of service, say goodbye to Royal Coffee Bar's Downtown Phoenix location.

Downtown Phoenix suffered a serious blow this spring when Phoenix Public Market shut its doors May 12th. The sliver lining came in the form of the news that local chef Aaron Chamberlin of St. Francis plans to open a cafe in the former urban grocery space.

Today, more sad news: Royal Coffee Bar's downtown location, Royal at the Market, will be closing its doors today. And won't reopen in the space.

Signs posted at the coffee bar -- confirmed by a Royal Market employee -- explain the business hopes to relocate somewhere near this Market location at the end of this year. Meanwhile, Royal's second location at Biltmore Fashion Park remains open.

Both the coffee bar and urban market opened in 2009 with high hopes of brightening up the bleak downtown food scene. But since then, nearly everything that's gone into the space - and spaces nearby - has for one reason of another closed up shop: PastaBar, Sens, Urban Grocery and now, Royal.

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