After leaving Renegade Canteen earlier this month, it looks like James Beard award-winning chef and former owner of Roaring Fork Robert McGrath has already landed a new gig: as executive chef of the Spotted Donkey Cantina, the upscale restaurant of Southwestern and Mexican cuisine at Hayden Village in Scottsdale. The restaurant is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month.
"I plan to make simple changes as the Spotted Donkey Cantina concept has already been embraced by the local dining community," says McGrath. "This is a great opportunity to work with professional restaurateurs that keenly understand and appreciate food concepts and restaurant operations."
Ouch -- was that last statement a hit to Renegade Canteen owners John Rosso and Steven Goodhue? (According to The Republic, McGrath's leaving resulted as a dispute with the two owners.)
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At the Spotted Donkey, McGrath's new bosses will be restaurateurs Cliff Skoglund and Robert Hall.
"Robert's philosophy and approach to food as well as the dining experience is a perfect match," says Skoglund. "We look forward to this cohesive collaboration."