The folks behind the The Downtown Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery & Wine Bar set their sights pretty high, and they plan on being more than a grocery store. It will be a permanent home to the farmers market, as well as a coffee shop, wine bar, and community kitchen.
Royal Coffee Bar (http://www.royalcoffeebar.com/) will open an outpost at the new market. The building has a separate side entrance for the coffee bar, which will keep separate hours from the rest of the market (7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday). There's a spot laid out for seating and relaxing, in case folks don't want to get their coffee and run. Expect cool, reclaimed material here like wooden floors from an old Arizona farmhouse, and Edison-era light bulbs.
Around the corner from the coffee bar is the community kitchen. This gleaming beauty will serve two purposes. First, it'll be where the food is made for the in-house deli, and second, it'll be available for use as a commercial kitchen to help nurture and kick-start emerging local foodie businesses.
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Who knows, maybe the next Kettle Chips, Jones Soda, or Scharffen Berger Chocolate could get its start here.
From the kitchen, it's a hop, skip and a jump to the wine bar -- or what will be a wine bar. Out back (in what is now a gated parking lot) will be a courtyard with café seating, and there will be indoor seating as well. At happy hour, shoppers will be able to unwind over some wine and an appetizer plate.
With its local food offerings, coffee, wine, and more, this permanent home to the farmers market will be a welcome and much-needed addition to the neighborhood when it opens in late September.