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Cartel’s Downtown Phoenix Location Now Serves Food

UPDATE: Catrel’s downtown kitchen has a new Twitter account!


Adam Reeder has seen plenty of kitchens in his 26 years.

cartel_coffee_labA culinary prodigy who graduated from the Art Institute of Phoenix at 19, Reeder has kitchen and management experience with several notable Valley restaurants, including La Grande Orange Pizzeria, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Rumbi Island Grill, Delux Burger, and Pei Wei.

His latest challenge is developing a breakfast and lunch menu at Cartel Coffee Lab (1st Street / Washington).

Beginning Monday (8/23), TODAY! [ed.] Cartel’s Downtown location will offer these Reeder creations:

BREAKFAST (served all day)

What’s a Burrito? – Onion, red bell pepper, potato, spinach, jalapeno, shredded cheese (with bacon, ham, sausage or chorizo options)

Digby Sandwich – Toasted MJ*** flatbread, hot house tomato, bacon, spinach, arugula, herb aioli, two sunny side up eggs (with bacon, ham, sausage or chorizo options)

Tart – Goat cheese creme fraiche, spinach, arugula, roasted red pepper (with bacon, ham, sausage or chorizo options)

SANDWICHES (served with chips or fruit)

Tuna – Toasted MJ flatbread, spinach, arugula, hot house tomato, artichoke heart

Turkey – MJ levain bread, spring mix greens, hot house tomato, havarti cheese, herb aioli

Ham – MJ levain bread, spring mix greens, hot house tomato, whole grain mustard, havarti cheese


Beet – Spring mix greens, arugula, roasted red and yellow beets, candied walnuts, goat cheese, red onion, creamy balsamic dressing

In addition, Cartel will continue to offer take-and-go scones, MJ bagels and new yogurt parfaits.

***MJ Bread is a big, big deal. MJ is MJ Coe, husband of cake master Tammie Coe.

Cartel is open Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Viewpoint: New growth, new promise for downtown Phoenix

[Source: Andrew Conlin, Special for The Republic] — For nearly two decades, we’ve heard confident predictions that downtown Phoenix was on the brink of a crucial “tipping point,” when public investment would no longer be needed to generate new development that was both vigorous and self-sustaining.  A term like “tipping point” is a kind of mental shorthand, useful in summarizing complex ideas but sometimes misleading when it comes to making decisions or drawing conclusions.

In reality, we won’t see the beginning of a significant shift from public to private investment until downtown achieves the requisite critical mass.  This will be the moment when the collective energy generated by the diverse collection of downtown businesses, retailers, residences, entertainment venues, and academic and cultural institutions fuses into the nucleus of an energetic and growing community.  Private investors will be drawn to this energy, creating new businesses and helping to further enrich the downtown scene.  This will inspire more people to live and work here, generating new opportunities that will draw new investors.  This development “chain reaction” will, we hope, be self-sustaining and transformational.  [Note: To read the full opinion piece and comments, click here.]