Phoenix to Welcome Most Anticipated Restaurant Project of 2013

Fox Restaurant Concepts Feb. 6, 2013

Start revving your engines what’s been called Sam Fox’s most ambitious project yet, the 53,000-urban-square foot spaced dubbed “The Yard” featuring the rebel-child, Culinary Dropout, opens its garage doors to the public at 11:00 a.m. on February 11th, 2013 on 7th Street just south of Montebello.

Fox Restaurant Concepts and WDP Partners have transformed the old Ducati and Kawasaki garage and dealership on 7th Street. The new space will give neighbors and the community a new urban hangout with their favorite modernized gastro-pub food made fresh every day, massive patio with a beer garden atmosphere, ample parking and live music featured every weekend.

“We believe Culinary Dropout is the perfect fit for this cool, eclectic 7th street neighborhood, right in the middle of North Central Phoenix,” said Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Founder. “We hope our new neighbors enjoy the pub style appetizers, favorite dishes like our fried chicken, draft beer and cocktails, with family and friends every day of the week.”

Fox’s soulful Culinary Dropout will open first at “The Yard” on February 11th followed by Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend, a new seafood and oyster bar concept scheduled to open in mid-March. Plans are also in the works to later add future merchants at the urban center.

Those looking for a way to work up an appetite can join in one of several entertaining lawn games like Ping Pong, Cornhole and Tetherball on “The Yard’s” 1,400-square-foot turf.

“We want ‘The Yard’ to eventually be the place in North Central Phoenix you come early in the morning to enjoy your coffee outside in our yard, meet for a business lunch, return for happy hour on the patio, stay for dinner at one of the restaurants and then enjoy lawn games as the night winds down,” said Fox.

Long time Fox Restaurant Chef Andrew Ashmore will serve as the Culinary Dropout’s Chef. With the guidance of Culinary Dropout Partner, Clint Woods, Ashmore will be the driving force behind the development of the menus and recipes.

“This will be an adventure and undoubtedly the biggest challenge of my career,” said Ashmore. “I’m excited to start assembling my team and really give some other upcoming chefs a start in the business.”
Fox Restaurant Concepts hired 75 new team members during a job fair held in Mid-January. A series of neighborhood, local business and school/PTO parties will be held for various charities leading up to opening.

The Yard is located at 5632 N. 7th street (Just South of Bethany Home) in Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Phone number: 602-680-4040.
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About The Yard
The 53,000-square-foot concept dubbed “The Yard” has been described as a backyard and kitchen all rolled into one. To date it is Fox Restaurant Concepts’ biggest project yet. The project, which is the brainchild of a partnership between Fox Restaurant Concept owner Sam Fox and WDP Developer Todd Chester, transformed an old motorcycle shop near 7th Street and Bethany Home into a distinctive restaurant environment in North Central Phoenix. Culinary Dropout is scheduled to open in mid-February of 2013, followed by the opening of Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend. In many ways it serves as the “Living Room” for North Central Phoenix with something for everyone and is on the cutting edge of the 7th Street redevelopment.

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