Tracy Dempsey Set to Leave Cowboy Ciao

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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