Coming Soon: Private Rack Gastropub

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A few years back, New York jump-started the trend of "gastropubs" -- British-style watering holes that go beyond the standard pub fare of fried fish and greasy burgers to present a quality, chef-driven menu of creative dishes.

Shortly afterwards, the trend made its way to Phoenix via Mabel's on Main, Mad Chef and more recent entries such as Citizen Public House and The Windsor.

Another gastropub is in the works for the historic brick building at 7117 E. Sixth Ave. in Scottsdale, around the corner from FnB. This one, called Private Rack, will combine gourmet grub and billiards. Rumor has it that the restaurant will also offer old-school racked bottle service; liquor will be sold by the bottle and leftovers kept on hand for patrons who wish to down their alcohol slowly in several visits.  

Ah, the Rat Pack would've loved this place.
 
The man behind the project is Leonard Jay, the self-professed "celebrity" chef behind the former Vinery 214/Bambino Bistro. When Vinery 214 first opened, we poked fun at the disturbingly poor grammar and spelling on its web site, and it appears things haven't changed in that department (our favorite is the Private Rack bio's mention of critic "Howard Sheftel"). 

Private Rack is expected to open at the end of the summer.

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keith
keith

Sounds great, there's nothing like a good pub.  Where can one apply

Amanda
Amanda

 this dude is SO sketchy... I don't believe anyone starts out to maliciously deceive people and rob them, but some people just are terrible business owners. THIS GUY is one of them. 

tneidergni
tneidergni

Wow, if it weren't 12:54, I would be on the phone NOW with the landlord (morning, I promise). This guy, Leonard Paller, his real name, is one of the biggest shitbags to ever land in this town. I know firsthand. He steals from his employees, welches on debt, & HE CAN'T COOK, to name a couple things! If this thing were to surface, which it won't, ask him about Bambino or Vinery whatever downtown. Ask him about his place on 7th St. & Sheridan that he was evicted from WAY before it opened because he & his "staff" were caught smoking meth in the restaurant by the landlord. Worst. Human. Ever.

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

Wow, that menu is something else, and not just for the extensive typos. Corned beef egg rolls, Philly cheesesteak panini, bubble and squeak, Hubert Keller's Fleurburger (served sans foie gras), Thai chicken pizza, and paella on the same menu? The mind boggles.

Not Paid
Not Paid

I wouldnt.  Chef Leonard Paller Jay doesnt Pay his Bills.  

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