Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Row will soon be home to Poppy, a new restaurant led by renowned executive chef and Chicago transplant, Nate Cayer. Located at the northwest corner of Portland and 3rd streets, Poppy will debut a menu focused on fresh, globally-inspired dishes featuring local ingredients.
Poppy will be open daily for brunch and dinner to serve Roosevelt Row neighbors and hotel guests alike. Chef Nate designed Poppy’s menu with seasonality and shareability in mind, creating dishes like grilled squash salad, coffee-rubbed lamb lollipops and beef tartare, using local ingredients, like Noble Bread, Chula Seafood and Sterling Meats.
“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to be at the helm of a new restaurant here in Phoenix,” said Chef Nate. “Being new to Phoenix, it’s been a pleasure meeting local vendors, like our friends at The Fig and The Knife and Beetanical Garden, and developing a menu that incorporates their ingredients. We can’t wait to get into the kitchen and serve up some incredible dishes for the neighborhood.”
Before coming to Arizona, Chef Nate served as executive chef at I|O Godfrey, a national and international award-winning restaurant and bar at The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago. He rose through the ranks at I|O Godfrey, where he started as a sous chef and soon earned a reputation for his talents and creativity in the kitchen. Under Chef Nate’s leadership, the restaurant was recognized among the “Top 8 Hotel Rooftop Bars in the World” by Peter Greenberg Worldwide and “Lounge of the Year” by Nightclub & Bar’s National Awards in 2017.
“We were painstaking in our search for an executive chef,” said Shaun Baker, general manager, Cambria Downtown. “We have closely managed every last detail of the Cambria, from the local products in our lobby to the murals on the building’s exterior; but finding the right chef was one of the most important decisions we’ve made.”
Developed by Phoenix-based True North Studio and managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts, Cambria Downtown is located at 222 E. Portland St. in the heart of Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row District.
In addition to Poppy, Cambria Downtown will feature a rooftop bar and event space with 360-degree views of Phoenix and a carefully curated cocktail menu.
In advance of its opening, Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix is hiring across all areas of the hotel, including kitchen and serving positions at Poppy. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at cambriahotelphoenix.com.