First opened in May under the moniker Renegade by MOD, O'Dowd and Leclere's restaurant featured an eclectic menu of re-invented foods from around the globe in a rock 'n' roll atmosphere. Six months later, in November, O'Dowd and Leclere parted ways, with Leclere continuing on at VLC, the company the two founded, and changing the restaurant's name from Renegade by MOD to simply Renegade.
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"Renegade restaurant and bar, located at 9343 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale closed for business permanently at this location on December 28. Vivid Lifestyle Concepts' (The Parent Company to Renegade) owner Ed Leclere has chosen not to renew his lease at the North Scottsdale retail complex and is actively seeking a new location for Renegade. Additionally, Leclere will focus his efforts on his new restaurant, Wicked Six Bar & Grill at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills and future projects like Fork & Torque in Tempe to open in 2014."
Prior to Renegade and Renegade by MOD, the North Scottsdale location has also been home to Renegade Canteen, helmed by chef Robert McGrath, and Renegade Tap + Kitchen, which featured chef and restaurateur Aaron May.
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