Mark Drinkwater

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Name: Mark Drinkwater

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Website:  www.StellaAZ.com & www.FatOxaz.com

Age: 54

Title: Restaurant Owner

Kids: I do not have any kids of my own but definitely have kids in my life; my amazing niece Kelsie and nephew Bryce.

City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes… 

keeping up with current events, spending time with family, friends and my dog Bay. I’m just coming out of a ten-year hiatus. I sold my last restaurant Drinkwater’s City Hall Steakhouse with the Mastro’s chain of restaurants. So, currently it’s work, work, play, work.

I was born… 

in Phoenix, Arizona.

My favorite thing about Arizona… 

everything!  I’m proud to call Arizona my home.

I’m listening to… 

all music but I’m definitely in the country phase of my life.

My family… 

my mother is a native Phoenician and taught school for 30 years. My father Herb was the Mayor of Scottsdale for 16 years and the longest running Mayor in Arizona history. They were high school sweethearts. My sister Jamie and her husband – announcer Dick Stockton, split their time between Carefree and Boca Raton, Florida.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton together. No seriously, I would like to have a Sunday dinner with all my family together like I had growing up.

One thing I cannot live without… 

Los Olivos Mexican Food. I have been going there once a week since I was a baby.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…  

I know I didn’t want to be a politician. Everything else is fair game.

I’m inspired by… 

hands down, my father Herb.

The one person who motivates me is… 

both my parents Jackie and Herb Drinkwater.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… 

for my father to be alive and to see what Scottsdale has become today. Like he always said under his leadership, his vision for Scottsdale was to be a world-class city. AND for my mother to be in good health.

The perfect day would be… 

being on Drinkwater Island in Thousand Islands, New York on my boat with my family, friends, and my dog Bay. Also with a bbq and a big bonfire to end the day.

My first job was… 

working at my father’s liquor store – Drinkwater’s Liquor and Cheese. This is where it all started.

My favorite escape… 

Thousand Islands, New York.

My life… 

there is never a dull moment and I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m currently working on… 

my new restaurant Stella with Chef Robert Eckhardt at 32nd & Camelback and a modern Italian restaurant I’m opening in October called Fat Ox, on Scottsdale Road & Lincoln with Brian Raab and Chef Matt Carter.



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