Historic Valley car dealership gets new life as DeSoto Central Market

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It used to be a place to buy cars. Now, some 80 years later, it's a place to eat, drink and shop.

DeSoto Central Market just opened at Central and Roosevelt in Phoenix. It's a centralized dining and grocery hub that will offer a variety of restaurants, a coffee shop, a market, a bar, and even event and meeting space.

The business takes over the nearly 90-year-old DeSoto building, which used to house a car dealership. Now the building has been fully renovated, but still includes some classic traits, like original flooring and walls.

“Over the years after the dealership closed, it sort of fell into disrepair,” says Celine Rille of DeSoto Central Market. “Luckily we've had some great brains come in and decided to build a food hub here.”

The building include a mezzanine level meant for group seating, as well as a large, dog-friendly patio equipped with lighting and shade. There is also space for games such as corn hole or ping-pong.

Visitors will soon enjoy a tea bar and an oyster bar. And Camelback Flower Shop will have a branch inside DeSoto Central Market, along with a variety of food outlets. “We're going to have a butcher, fresh produce, and grocery,” says Rille.

The food outlets are being overseen by executive chef Stephen Jones, formerly of Blue Hound Kitchen + Cocktails at the Palomar Hotel.

In addition to opening his own restaurant concept, called yard bird + larder, Jones is head chef of at least three other dining outlets housed inside the market.

The DeSoto Central Market restaurants include:

DCM - The DeSoto Central Market burger bar serves fancy egg burgers in the a.m. or a variety of artisan burgers later in the day. Also available: craft beers, wine, and cocktails.

Tea & Toast Co. - Get your coffee or specialty tea paired with pastries or an array of savory and sweet toasts.

Walrus & the Pearl - This mostly-raw bar features fresh oysters, but also serves other seafood favorites like ceviche and poke.

yard bird + the larder - Chef Stephen Jones reinvents some Southern and New American favorites; think fried chicken skin po-boy or black eyed peas and rice.

Radish - Radish is a farm-to-table, fast- casual restaurant serving delicious salads and cold-pressed juices. It is environmentally conscious and supportive of healthy lifestyles.

Adobo Dragon - Chef Allan Inicencia's Latin and Asian fusion creations.

In the market, shoppers will find produce from McClendon Select Farm (among other growers), as well as artisanal products and pantry goods such as spices, local flour and grains, hot sauce, pickles, paper goods, and more.

DeSoto Central Market

915 North Central Avenue



6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday

6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

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