DeSoto Central Market, the downtown hangout that was home to various hipster high-end food vendors, is no more, at least for now.
According to the Market’s Facebook page:
To all of our loyal customers,
We sincerely apologize but the DeSoto concept will be closing effective immediately Monday, August 20th, 2018. Over the years we have helped incubate restaurants beyond the walls of DeSoto as part of its mission and also be creative in hosting various events to bring the community together.
We appreciate all our customers and the community for supporting us over the years.
Don’t worry the building will remain and plans for the use of the space are in the works.
Thank you, DeSoto Central Market
No further details about the closure have been offered, at this writing, from the enterprise, home at one point or another to such dining options as The Root & Soul (recently reviewed in the PHOENIX September issue), Adobo Dragon, DCM Burger Joint, The Walrus & The Pearl, The Larder & The Delta—everything from oysters to burgers to coffee to booze, as well as live music and “glow yoga.” The project was launched in 2015 in the repurposed shell of a handsome building at Central and Roosevelt which, from the late ‘20s to the mid-‘50s, served, as the name would indicate, as a Chrysler dealership, the C. P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motorcars.
From the ‘50s through the mid-‘70s, the building hosted other car and motorcycle dealerships, and from 1976 through the end of the century it was Ledbetter Antiques and Appraisals. The reno that brought it to its current state began in 2010, partly funded by a grant from the Historic Preservation Office. The building appears—listed as “significant at the local level”—on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. It will be interesting to see what its next significant-at-the-local-level identity will be.
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