Five-star chef, H-D promoter opening Arizona restaurant, motorcycle complex

Publish Date: 
Jun 24, 2013

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