Chef Robert McGrath Leaves Renegade Canteen

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​James Beard award-winning chef and former owner of Roaring Fork Robert McGrath has left Renegade Canteen, the upscale North Scottsdale restaurant where he served up his American West-influenced creations.

According to the Arizona Republic, McGrath's leaving resulted as a dispute with owners John Rosso and Steven Goodhue.

McGrath tells the Republic, "It's not a restaurant I want my name associated with. It's been a struggle for a while trying to get along. A nightmare."

The Republic goes on to report that "McGrath has been concerned for several months that the owners were pushing to 'lower the quality of the food,'" and that McGrath said it was impossible to maintain standards.

Renegade Canteen owner John Russo, the Republic says, is perplexed by McGrath's decision and disagrees with the chef's comment regarding the quality of food.

A call placed to Renegade Canteen this afternoon has not yet been returned. To read the review of Renegade Canteen I wrote in August, go here.

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azfoodlover
azfoodlover

Too bad! I love Renegade Canteen. I have brought personal and professional business to the restaurant. I hope this does not impact Chris, the manager. He does a great job of making customers feel welcome and attended to!I have been there since McGrath left and have noticed no letdown in service or food quality! Still my favorite!I will keep going there as long as it continues as it has been!

Azlvr
Azlvr

lol....   shocker.  I can tell you from 1st hand knowledge, the owners, especially steve goodhue is a putz!  I totally believe the chef.  it's all about the $$$.

Comments222
Comments222

I have insider info that costs were crazy out of control.  Chef and management could not keep food and labor costs below 90% of sales ... yah that is 45% for each of those.  Its a little tough to turn a profit with that kind of mismanagement.

hard to swallow humbler pie
hard to swallow humbler pie

  Once you've been to the mountain top (owning your own restaurant), it's hard to go back to work for someone else.

Joe Piplen
Joe Piplen

Totally agree, sounds like he's a little sour:)  From what I read up top, doesn't sound like he plays well with others.  I stop in there at least once every few weeks and really don't know who this guy is.  I thought the little dude I met Kevin was the chef LOL.  Love their flatbreads, ribs and the drinks!!  As long as that stuff is still there, I'm cool.  Good luck to him I guess.

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