Ex-Kai Chef Michael O'Dowd Taking on Motorcycle Enthusiasts and Golfers in Two Upcoming Restaurants

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Renegade by Mod
Chef Michael O'Dowd and partner Ed Leclere.
This year is shaping up to be a busy one for chef and first-time restaurateur Michael O'Dowd.

In May, the ex-Kai chef, who put the nationally renowned restaurant on the map during his 10-year reign, opened Renegade by MOD, his restaurant of eclectic global eats in North Scottsdale, under his new company, Vivid Lifestyle Concepts (VLC). O'Dowd operates VLC with partner Ed Leclere.

Now, the busy chef has announced plans for two new VLC restaurants that will open in the fall: The first is targeted at motorcycle enthusiasts. The second, golfers.

See also:
Former Kai Guy Michael O'Dowd on What He's Up to at Renegade by MOD and the Problem with Comfort Food

In September, O'Dowd and Leclere, a former promotions director at Chester's Harley-Davidson in Mesa, will open Fork & Torque, a smokehouse-style restaurant housed inside a seven-acre, motorcycle-minded complex at Curry Road and McClintock Drive in Tempe.

The two have teamed up with Rick Hatch, a former Harley-Davidson dealer, on the ambitious project (called Motorsports Garage Fork & Torque) that, in addition to the restaurant, will also include a motorcycle and hot rod dealership and rental agency, a 5,000-seat concert venue, a clothing store, and a jewelry shop.

Following Fork & Torque, O'Dowd will hit the links when VLC takes over the food and beverage operations at Wicked 6 Grill at SunRidge Canyon, a public golf course in Fountain Hills.

"Wicked 6 Bar & Grill by MOD is really my answer to fortify golf cuisine," O'Dowd says. "I can do my part in spreading quality food to golf courses while presenting it with a modernized look and feel."

Inspired by the course's panoramic views of Four Peaks, O'Dowd says he aspires to have Wicked 6 expand on having fun with food (think tapas-like options) while bringing the outdoors in -- much like "Frank Lloyd Wright's idea of working seamlessly with nature."

O'Dowd also is re-imagining the Wicked 6 Roadhouse, located on the ninth hole, which he envisions stocked with grab-and-go snacks like pig sliders, tacos, and brats. He'll also be redoing the beverage carts, or "Wicked Sleds," as well.

SunRidge Canyon, currently closed for enhancements, is set to re-open in October.

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uncoolandinschool
uncoolandinschool

prophetofdoom seems to have a handle or five on this restaurant thing, but I'm just marveling at the man with the long hair in the picture. he's a real fancy boy. I wonder if he ever gathers those locks together and ties them up behind his head in a ponytail, sometimes referred to as a "dork knob". I bet when he goes to the salon for a manicure, he requests the masculine, yet still shiny, clear nail polish. I'll probably pass on this new restaurant, I'd have a lot of gussying up to do to fit in, and I wouldn't want to embarrass the hipster management nor myself by hanging around where I don't belong. It would take at least two years for my hair to grow into a flowing mane, and the restaurant will likely be gone by then anyway.

Prophetofdoom
Prophetofdoom

Well, gentleman, I predict you're about to learn a lesson in how college town Tempe serves as a tomb for proprietary restaurant ventures. Firstly, consider your positioning. You're bordered to the north by broke-ass South Scottsdale. If you think you're going to draw customers from there, you're crazy. Just look at the blighted stretch of McDowell Road between 64th Street and Pima Road. It should speak volumes.

As to the Tempe Town Lake/ASU business district, it's monopolized by restaurant chains and corporations, and college kids on beer and burrito budgets who are highly unlikely to support you. So, who's your customer? And a Curry Road address? Please. As a longtime South Scottsdalian, I can tell you that the only noteworthy entertainment enterprise to enjoy any longevity along that stretch of Scottsdale-Tempe border badlands is/was the Seven Seas. And they were selling pussy, not pulled pork.

If possible, pull your heads out of your proprietary posteriors and leave Tempe to its buy-one-get-one-free, breastaurant-focused foodie community. If you can't, good luck. And when you've got wasted college kids pissing and puking in your patio-side herb garden, just remember I told you so.

Prophetofdoom
Prophetofdoom

Well, gentleman, I predict you're about to learn a lesson in how college town Tempe serves as a tomb for proprietary restaurant ventures. Firstly, consider your positioning. You're bordered to the north by broke-ass South Scottsdale. If you think you're going to draw customers from there, you're crazy. Just look at the blighted stretch of McDowell Road between 64th Street and Pima Road. It should speak volumes. As to the Tempe Town Lake/ASU business district, it's monopolized by restaurant chains and corporations, and college kids on beer and burrito budgets who are highly unlikely to support you. So, who's your customer? And a Curry Road address? Please. As a longtime South Scottsdalian, I can tell you that the only noteworthy entertainment enterprise to enjoy any longevity along that stretch of Scottsdale-Tempe border badlands is/was the Seven Seas. And they were selling pussy, not pulled pork. If possible, pull your heads out of your proprietary posteriors and leave Tempe to its buy-one-get-one-free, breastaurant-focused foodie community. If you can't, good luck. And when you've got wasted college kids pissing and puking in your patio-side herb garden, just remember I told you so.

Prophetofdoom
Prophetofdoom

Well, gentleman, I predict you're about to learn a lesson in how college town Tempe serves as a tomb for proprietary restaurant ventures. Firstly, consider your positioning. You're bordered to the north by broke-ass South Scottsdale. If you think you're going to draw customers from there, you're crazy. Just look at the blighted stretch of McDowell Road between 64th Street and Pima Road. It should speak volumes. As to the Tempe Town Lake/ASU business district, it's monopolized by restaurant chains and corporations, and college kids on beer and burrito budgets who are highly unlikely to support you. So, who's your customer? And a Curry Road address? Please. As a longtime South Scottsdalian, I can tell you that the only noteworthy entertainment enterprise to enjoy any longevity along that stretch of Scottsdale-Tempe border badlands is/was the Seven Seas. And they were selling pussy, not pulled pork. If possible, pull your heads out of your proprietary posteriors and leave Tempe to its buy-one-get-one-free, breastaurant-focused foodie community. If you can't, good luck. And when you've got wasted college kids pissing and puking in your patio-side herb garden, just remember I told you so.

Prophetofdoom
Prophetofdoom

Well, gentleman, I predict you're about to learn a lesson in how college town Tempe serves as a tomb for proprietary restaurant ventures. Firstly, consider your positioning. You're bordered to the north by broke-ass South Scottsdale. If you think you're going to draw customers from there, you're crazy. Just look at the blighted stretch of McDowell Road between 64th Street and Pima Road. It should speak volumes. As to the Tempe Town Lake/ASU business district, it's monopolized by restaurant chains and corporations, and college kids on beer and burrito budgets who are highly unlikely to support you. So, who's your customer? And a Curry Road address? Please. As a longtime South Scottsdalian, I can tell you that the only noteworthy entertainment enterprise to enjoy any longevity along that stretch of Scottsdale-Tempe border badlands is/was the Seven Seas. And they were selling pussy, not pulled pork. If possible, pull your heads out of your proprietary posteriors and leave Tempe to its buy-one-get-one-free, breastaurant-focused foodie community. If you can't, good luck. And when you've got wasted college kids pissing and puking in your patio-side herb garden, just remember I told you so.

Prophetofdoom
Prophetofdoom

Well, gentleman, I predict you're about to learn a lesson in how college town Tempe serves as a tomb for proprietary restaurant ventures. Firstly, consider your positioning. You're bordered to the north by broke-ass South Scottsdale. If you think you're going to draw customers from there, you're crazy. Just look at the blighted stretch of McDowell Road between 64th Street and Pima Road. It should speak volumes. As to the Tempe Town Lake/ASU business district, it's monopolized by restaurant chains and corporations, and college kids on beer and burrito budgets who are highly unlikely to support you. So, who's your customer? And a Curry Road address? Please. As a longtime South Scottsdalian, I can tell you that the only noteworthy entertainment enterprise to enjoy any longevity along that stretch of Scottsdale-Tempe border badlands is/was the Seven Seas. And they were selling pussy, not pulled pork. If possible, pull your heads out of your proprietary posteriors and leave Tempe to its buy-one-get-one-free, breastaurant-focused foodie community. If you can't, good luck. And when you've got wasted college kids pissing and puking in your patio-side herb garden, just remember I told you so.

AZFoodie
AZFoodie

@Prophetofdoom Clearly you have no handle on business nor how to drive results or to attract top line revenues. That venue will do concerts for 5000 people plus drive more $ into Elite next door in which I know the owners...Burrito prices - of course and then some. Beers? yep that too on a large scale. This isn't just a restaurant but rather an entertainment venue with motorcycles, clothing, jewelery, concerts, and much more...BUT you already know this...lol

AZFoodie
AZFoodie

@Prophetofdoom Clearly you have no handle on business nor how to drive results or to attract top line revenues. That venue will do concerts for 5000 people plus drive more $ into Elite next door in which I know the owners...Burrito prices - of course and then some. Beers? yep that too on a large scale. This isn't just a restaurant but rather an entertainment venue with motorcycles, clothing, jewelery, concerts, and much more...BUT you already know this...lol

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