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3 restaurant concepts set to invade the US
Nov 11, 2016
Fox & Fiddle
This British-style pub concept from Canada is set to expand south of the border for the first time when it opens its inaugural U.S. restaurant in California this January. The chain’s first stateside restaurant is slated to open at The River shopping, dining and entertainment venue in Rancho Mirage, reports The Desert Sun.
Fox & Fiddle is positioned as part premium casual dining with an elevated menu and part neighborhood gathering space in the tradition of an English public house. The menu brings together dishes with American, Canadian and English heritage, including Buffalo chicken bites, poutine and bangers and mash. Central to the menu positioning is the use of locally sourced products when available as well as scratchmade, in-house preparation. Food and beverages will be available in a bar area as well as in a dining area.
Following the Rancho Mirage location, the chain is looking to develop units in Palm Springs and La Quinta in the near term and eventually build up to 75 locations throughout California over the next 15 years. Kurt Gardner, head of Fox & Fiddle California, says the concept will fill a niche in the market that bridges the gap between a polished full-service concept and the fun atmosphere of a pub. Gardner and his partner, Danny Chen, have previous experience operating casual-dining restaurants and bringing concepts into the U.S. Prior to developing the Fox & Fiddle in the U.S., Gardner was a multiunit operator of the Boston Pizza chain in Canada, while Chen, as an immigration attorney, helped global restaurant brands enter the U.S., including 85C Bakery Cafe and Meet Fresh, both from Taiwan.
Toronto-based Fox & Fiddle currently has 16 locations in Canada located primarily in Toronto, other parts of Ontario and British Columbia. The chain is part of the Pegasus Group of Cos.
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Since the original Fox and Fiddle opening in 1989 we have grown to 18 fine locations throughout the neighbourhoods of Southwestern Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia, Canada.