Meet the Team

The fabulous people of RARE Italian
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Collin McDowell

Collin McDowell

General Manager

Collin McDowell, General Manager at RARE since September 2020, Collin thrives in the restaurant industry and has been at it since age 13 after he and his sister fibbed about his age on an application to get him a dishwashing job at The Radisson Plaza Hotel and Convention Center where his sister was a banquet server and bartender. Since then, Collin has operated and overseen over 30 restaurants and nightclubs in 15 states & 3 countries and is proud to lead the RARE team during these difficult times saying: “We are at an inflection point in this industry (and on this planet!) and there is no place I’d rather be than leading a brilliant team in a magical restaurant.”

Collin and his wife are “forever residents” of Ft. Collins and have 6 children, 8 chickens, 2 dogs, 2 cats and, probably, a partridge in a pear tree. When time permits, Collin enjoys coaching baseball, rebuilding Jeep Wranglers, woodworking and (badly) playing guitar.

Nathan Boothe

Executive Chef

We’re excited to welcome Chef Nate as our Executive Chef.  Please come on into RARE Italian to see what we’re up to.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Bar Manager

Originally from Logan, Utah, Chris started his career in the food and beverage industry at Biaggi’s Italian Restaurant in Salt Lake City. He moved to Fort Collins to live closer to his family who had moved here earlier after falling in love with the town’s charm, genuine people, and small town feel. Moreover, he truly appreciates the family he has found while working at RARE. He loves the dynamite and quality product, the amazing staff, and company’s outstanding ethos. On his down time, he genuinely loves studying philosophy, listening to and experiencing the metal music scene, and being outside skateboarding, biking, or snowboarding.

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