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Phoenix chef Aaron Chamberlin sells St. Francis to new owners; opening new restaurant in Tempe

Posted: 4:19 PM, May 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-24 17:55:24Z

Phoenix chef Aaron Chamberlin has sold his beloved restaurant, St. Francis, to new owners.

He opened it with his business partner, Dave, in 2009 near Central Avenue and Camelback Road.

Chamberlin has since opened three more restaurants -- Phoenix Public Market Cafe, Tempe Public Market Cafe, and Taco Chelo -- and has a fifth restaurant in the works.

"We now have the opportunity to sell St. Francis and focus on the growth of the company and our new concepts," he said in a news release. "I am so thankful to all the staff who have been a part of our team."

"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 and be there for the community for years to come," the statement said.

The new owners were not named in the release, but the restaurant said they planned to keep current staff members, including Executive Chef Joshua Duncun who joined the restaurant in April.

ABC15 has reached out to a contact for the new owners and has not yet heard back. We will update our story if and when we do.

GHOST RANCH: CHAMBERLAIN'S NEXT CONCEPT

Two months after opening his taco concept, Taco Chelo, in downtown Phoenix, Chamberlin is already working on his next project.

Not too many details have been unveiled so far, but here is what we know right now.

The restaurant is called "Ghost Ranch" and is described as modern southwestern. It will be in a shopping center near Rural and Warner roads, the same complex where Chamberlin opened Tempe Public Market Cafe earlier this year.