quotTherersquos a perception that we live in this backwards desertquot says Justin Beckett

"There’s a perception that we live in this backwards desert," says Justin Beckett.

Phoenix food scene on the rise

Justin Beckett is a key player in this Sun Belt city's growing culture of chef-driven concepts. • See more Owner Interviews

Justin Beckett operates two popular restaurants in Phoenix, land of untold bland strip malls, lifestyle centers and middling chain eateries. Beckett, who arrived in the Valley of the Sun 19 years ago as a member of the Roy’s Restaurant team, has seen a lot of shifts in the city's dining culture in the last two decades as the metro population has swelled from 2.8 million to 4.5 million. He recently shared his experience opening two restaurants and his take on the local dining landscape.

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