TEMPE, Ariz. – It’s become common for powersports dealers to open eateries near their stores, but it’s not every day a five-star chef opens a motorcycle mecca.
Chef Michael O’Dowd left the posh restaurant Kai in 2012 after a 10-year run to “undertake a new challenge at a different level.”
That concept is taking shape as Renegade by MOD, which O’Dowd and partner Ed Leclere, former promotions director at Chester's Harley-Davidson in Mesa, opened in Scottsdale over Memorial Day weekend.
The pair’s Vivid Lifestyle Concepts is teaming with Rick Hatch, a former Harley-Davidson dealer, to create the Motorsports Garage Fork & Torque, a food and motorcycle complex spread across seven acres in Tempe.
Along with the Fork & Torque restaurant, the site also will house a motorcycle and hot rod dealership and rental agency, a 5,000-seat concert venue, a clothing store and jewelry shop.
The group is aiming for a September opening, according to the Arizona Republic. O’Dowd says Fork & Torque will offer a smokehouse menu in a casual, diner-style setting suitable for families.
Posted by Holly Wagner