Aaron Chamberlin sells St. Francis, his first Phoenix restaurant
Aaron Chamberlin, owner of Phoenix Public Market Cafe, Tempe Public Market Cafe and Taco Chelo, has sold St. Francis, his first Phoenix restaurant. He'll focus on new projects, including Ghost Ranch.
St. Francis, one of Aaron Chamberlin's first Phoenix restaurants, has been sold.
Chamberlin opened St. Francis in 2009 with his brother, David, on Camelback Road just east of First Street. The two-story, rustic-meets-modern restaurant is known for wood-fired dishes made with seasonal ingredients. As for the new ownership, Linh Tran identified herself as the point person for what she called a family-owned restaurant.
"I am part of the management team and will be the main point of contact for marketing and promotions," she told The Republic via email Wednesday. "We are in the process of expanding other restaurants in other parts of the Valley in the next couple of months."
St. Francis has always been a local favorite, especially after Guy Fieri brought "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" to the restaurant, ordering the Pig Dip. He declared it one of "the top five pork sandwiches I have ever had and the top five dip sandwiches I have ever had."
Chamberlin owns three other restaurants in the Valley — two of them opened this year — and will be launching a fourth soon. They are:
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Chamberlin sold St. Francis to focus on his new concepts, he said in a statement.
“We now have the opportunity to sell St. Francis and focus on the growth of the company and our new concepts," he said. "St. Francis has always held a special place in my heart and I want to make sure it gets passed on to a capable team that can move it forward to be there for the community for years to come.”
The new owners will retain the restaurant's staff, including executive chef Joshua Duncan, who worked under Chamberlin for several years and returned to St. Francis in April.
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Before opening St. Francis, Chamberlin worked at fine-dining restaurants Boulevard and Rubicon (now closed) in San Francisco, and in New York working alongside well-known chefs including Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Details: 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-200-8111, stfrancisaz.com.
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