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Meet Austin

Can do a killer Jim Carrey impression, no matter which role. Puts Calabrian Chili on everything. He will pay zero attention to you if Law & Order is on.

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Meet Sarah

Sarah lived in Africa as a missionary from ages 9-18. She attended 11 different schools growing up. She was the first bartender hired for CDO Austin!

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Meet Jeremy

Jeremy has a big heart and truly cares about the guest experience. He strives for perfection in himself and the team around him. We nick named him “Duck Tape” because he doubles as our handyman. He bowls a consistent 180 and is a great golfer. His #SockGameisStrong and the guests love his weirdness.

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Meet Jason

Jason is the General Manager of The Yard Tempe. He leads by example and his staff loves him. Jason started with the brand 7 years ago and has been the GM of 3/5 locations, as well as helped to open those locations and hire/train every GM in the brand.

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Meet Tyler

He never eats at the same restaurant twice. With over 5,000 restaurants in Phoenix alone he says why go to the same places if you don’t have to? He has a fraternal twin brother. Tyler is the older cooler one. Started as a dishwasher at a sushi restaurant in high school.

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Meet Justin

Justin started at Culinary Dropout Scottsdale three years ago as a busser and is now one of our lead bartenders! He follows in his professional baseball player father’s footsteps and has a huge passion for playing and watching the sport. Justin is quite the handyman and his spare time is spent renovating and flipping houses.

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Meet Chris

Chris Fox is a man of many talents. He is also a yoga instructor, recently started a holistic nutrition business and works on an urban farm. He also has the soul of an angel.

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Andrew aka Kimbro

Here is gorgeous Kimbro! He has a husky named Zeek that is his best buddy from Tucson. He was in choir from elementary school through high school and we think to regionals Senior year of high school. Kimbro is always down to party if there is whiskey involved.

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Meet Alex

Alex has been at our Scottsdale Waterfront location from Day 1 (true OG) and traveled to Austin to help at our newest restaurant opening. In his spare time, he is a mechanic and loves to work on cars.

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Meet Eddie aka Lalo

He’s got a passion for the culinary arts and has grown with us from a prep cook to a lead line cook. When he’s busy, he thrives and keeps everyone around him happy. Oh, and he’s about to become a father!

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Meet Aubrey

He’s a sriracha fanatic, moved down from flagstaff to open CDOT, and the biggest CANES fan on this side of the Mississippi

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Meet Matt

This guy lights up the room like no other. He’s never boring. Guests come for his service and his personality He’s a fantastic bartender – very fast and efficient Matt has a huge heart and wants to do the right thing every time. Matt is a team player for sure. Anything that we need, he […]

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Meet Adam

Adam is a superstar that will take care of the guests’ every need (and a fellow coworker’s needs at that)! Adam is such a dedicated dropout, that he moved with us from Phoenix to help open our Austin location

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Meet Joe G

When Joe is not working as our lead line cook and key hourly he spends his time going on bike rides with his children, playing Call of Duty, and cooking various forms of his favorite meal, breakfast!

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Meet Billy

Billy carries the team with his great workmanship. He leads by example, is professional, and is proactive in his service. Now let’s get to the real stuff: he sometimes grunts to communicate, has sick tattoos and really great hair.

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Meet William

Guests love this hardworking, charismatic, one-of-a-kind server. When he’s not helping guests at our Phoenix location, he’s brilliantly reenacting Shakespeare in numerous valley plays. He is hardworking and helps wherever necessary, always lending a hand to someone in need.

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Meet Ruben

Ruben is a line cook and trainer at our Tempe location. He is so good that he travels around to other restaurants in need, helping with training. He is a leader of the line and a future chef for our company.

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Meet Borgan

5 Phrases our GM, Desmond, uses to describe him… Positive Attitude. Hospitable to both staff and guests. Eager to learn and help from bake, pantry, dish and prep. Coachable. He’s really enjoying his job and it’s contagious.

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Meet Ian

Five words to describe him AND 3 fun facts for this guy (because he is an OG – from 2010 when Scottsdale first opened). 5 Words: workaholic, driven, intelligent, craftsman, loyal 3 Fun Facts: He’s a self proclaimed movie nerd 4th generation Arizona native His initials spell his first name

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Meet Ashley

5 words to describe her (from her GM, Jason Brown): Diligent, Attentive, Detailed, Knowledgeable, Team Player

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Meet Teena

3 fun facts: She tore her ACL while doing the “nay nay” dance. She married her high school sweetheart. Her drink of choice is mescal.

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Meet Carly

3 fun facts: She started as an under-21 dropout at the opening of The Yard Phoenix and now she helps run the bar at The Yard Tempe. She just may be the only dropout without tattoos that is also just as detail oriented as her counterpart, Alyssa Pope. She loves Disneyland, tequila, singing & dancing, […]

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Meet Dom

3 fun facts: He is one of the original 7th Street Dropouts! He’s mastered every station on the line He’s originally from Chicago, and is a huge Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks fan

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Meet Gina

3 fun facts: Has no shame in her Pokémon game. Works hard to fuel her search for good art, tasty craft beers, and music festivals. Sends a monthly package of goods to her family in Vietnam to support them.

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Meet Bria

3 fun facts: She owns every Beyonce album ever made. Her favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind She is obsessed with chocolate and eats it every day.

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Meet Jessica

3 fun facts: She’s a certified scuba diver Loves to play video games Painting is one of her passions and she was featured in an Arizona art exhibit She has a published poem Played softball for 8 years

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Meet Danielle

3 fun facts: Danielle is a bread master! When you think of CDO’s delicious homemade breads, Danielle’s 4 years with the company and expert insight has helped make our breads stand out! She is an avid hiker – last year she hiked the entire Appalachian Trail! She is a Dropout for life!

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Meet Britta

3 fun facts: Great bartender because she is always positive An expert on all things CDO Has an incredible sense of style.

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Meet Jerzy

Jerzy came to us as a transfer from Blanco and has been with our Tempe location since Day 1! 3 fun facts: She only wears combat boots She is obsessed with the classic video game, Galaga. She has two mini Australian Shepherds named Jameson & Ginger

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Meet Sarah

Always happy, nice, smiley, and ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the guest is taken care of. 3 fun facts: She sang on The Voice and X – Factor Her hair has been blonde, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and shaved! She studied global health in Switzerland for five months.

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