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Beyond a last name, married couple and Shift Co-Owners Dara and Joe Rodger share quite a bit. From a mutual love for fine foods and mountain towns to matching employment histories in the hospitality industry, both their backgrounds and their visions for the future are evident in every square foot at Shift.

Boulder, Colorado-born Dara and Sedona, Arizona-born Joe met and bonded while working at Boulder, Colorado’s Frasca Food & Wine before relocating to Flagstaff to cement themselves as part of the city’s burgeoning culinary landscape. With Shift, they look to challenge locals and travelers alike to look beyond what they might consider typical “mountain town” food and instead focus on bold flavors, a locally driven menu and artfully composed plates served up amidst a casual, pretension-free ambiance.  

New Flagstaff Restaurant Created By Husband + Wife Team

By Taryn Jeffries // March 29th, 2016 // Phoenix Bits

A culinary change is in store for Downtown Flagstaff this spring.

Owners Joe and Dara Rodger, a young husband and wife duo with a passion for fine dining and desserts made with pristine ingredients, are planting roots in one of downtown Flagstaff’s historic nooks with Shift — this new Flagstaff restaurant is designed to excite travelers and locals alike.

Taking over a prized location near Aspen Avenue and San Francisco Street in Downtown Flagstaff, Shift seats 34 guests and features an intimate, eight-seat interactive chef’s counter.

“We’ll be cooking face-to-face with diners,” said Joe Rodger, of the restaurant’s innovative interior format.

“There’s no hiding what’s happening in the kitchen or on the plate. We’re hoping guests can see and feel the passion that we’re putting into every dish.”

Shift’s dinner-only menu features shareable plates of progressive dishes that create a modern dining experience through the use of both familiar and exotic ingredients. Think Trout Rillette ($7) with pistou and spent grain cracker and Caraway Fettuccine ($14) with Napa cabbage, duck yolk and pecorino. Dessert options reinvent familiar tastes like Celery Panna Cotta ($9) with raisins and peanut butter, a playful nod to the childhood classic ants on a log.

“The Shift name is a testament to the fact that we’re looking to excite and challenge our fellow locals and expand their tastes,” said Dara. “We think Shift can signal a change in the way folks think of mountain-town dining.”