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Former Tilted Kilt president launches Cajun fast-casual concept

Ron Lynch is now serving gumbo and jambalaya at VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen in Tempe, Ariz.
Photograph courtesy of VooDoo Daddy's Steam Kitchen

The former president of “breastaurant” chain Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery opened a Cajun fast-casual concept in Tempe, Ariz.

Ron Lynch led Tilted Kilt from 2005, when it had just one unit, until last year when the sports bar chain was acquired by Dick’s Wings & Grill parent Arc Group. At the time of its acquisition, Tilted Kilt had 47 units, down from a high of 100 stores in 2016.

Lynch also opened more than 100 Schlotzsky’s units in his 25-year restaurant career.

Lynch’s new concept, VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen, serves Louisiana favorites such as jambalaya, gumbo, po’boys, and red beans and rice. Customers order from the counter, where food is served from large steam kettles, according to a news release.

The 3,150-square-foot restaurant, which opened earlier this month, stands out with its bright yellow exterior and large outdoor patio. It serves wine and beer, in addition to ice teas and nitro cold-brew coffee.

Several years ago, when Lynch was still with Tilted Kilt, he appeared on an episode of the TV show “Undercover Boss.” One of the cooks featured in that show with him, James Heyl, now works at the new restaurant.

“The recipe for a great restaurant is incredible food and drinks, a perfect location and rich atmosphere,” Lynch said in a statement. “VooDoo Daddy’s has all of that and more.”

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