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Tracy Dempsey Set to Leave Cowboy Ciao

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This morning, celebrated pastry chef Tracy Dempsey officially announced that as of June 8, she'll be leaving her gig overseeing desserts for Cowboy Ciao, Digestif, and Kazimierz, a position she's held for the last five years.

"It's not an easy decision," she says.

Dempsey is busy working on opening Galette Dessert Bar, where she'll serve desserts, dessert-inspired cocktails, sandwiches, salads, and savory items. The location will likely be in Scottsdale, but she's keeping her options open.

"It's a really big project," she tells me. "I really need time to focus my attention on this. It's so hard to oversee three restaurants and a crew."

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