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Chef Robert McGrath Lands at Christie's Cabaret

The most titillating news I've heard in a while is that James Beard Award-winning chef Robert McGrath -- formerly of Roaring Fork and Pischke's Blue Ribbon -- is now on the payroll of Entertainment U.S.A., the parent company of upscale strip club Christie's Cabaret and 15 other venues across the country.

According to Steve Cooper, the owner of the company, he's hired McGrath to open a restaurant in Germantown, Tennessee (an upscale neighbor to Memphis) that will serve steaks and seafood, and will also feature dancing at night -- similar to Barcelona. If all goes well, Cooper may open something along those lines in the Valley as well.

McGrath is also revamping the menus for his other properties, Cooper says, and will be creating a menu for Sin Bar, a new food venue-within-a-venue that will serve American cuisine at the Phoenix Christie's location. That's right, you'll be able to fuel up on decent grub after that lap dance.

So will the man who invented Roaring Fork's famous "Big Ass Burger" follow up his creation with the "Tight Ass Burger"? If so, I just might put the strip club in my restaurant rotation. 

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Michele Laudig
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