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Story Date: 11/1/2018
Publisher: Phoenix Magazine
Author: Nikki Buchanan
Two of the Valley’s most unfairly talented young culinary professionals team up to deliver a winning, Arizona-centric “public house” in Tempe. Mixologist Sean Traynor debuted Cotton & Copper last July, and so far, this budding restaurateur seems to know what he’s doing. For starters, he picked a white-hot location for this modern-day public house: the bustling, bougie northeast corner of Warner and Rural roads, where Aaron Chamberlin’s Tempe Public Market Café and brand new Ghost Ranch, as well as a gym and yoga studio, are situated. Smart move No. 2? Traynor gave his saloon an Arizona-centric theme, with historical photos and vintage dinnerware and barware. But his smartest move was hiring rising chef Tamara Stanger, the breakout star from Helio Basin Brewing Co. who sources locally, forages the desert and works at establishing a definable Arizona cuisine.
Place Category: Food & Drink
Story Category: Review of a Place