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Coachella Valley foodies can look forward to a new English style pub popping up in Rancho Mirage, which some Canadian snowbirds might recognize.

The Fox and Fiddle, a signature Canadian establishment focused on mixing the social experience of a British style pub with upscale cuisine, will open its first California location at the River in Rancho Mirage.

The restaurant, which will occupy the spot formerly used by Sam’s Sushi, will offer bar favorites such as fried pickles and fried calamari, as well as a full restaurant menu including signature Canadian dishes such as poutines.

“The English pub is one of the oldest eating, dining and entertainment establishments in the Western hemisphere,” Fox and Fiddle California President and CEO Kurt Gardner said. “In England, pubs would be the heart of the community. So we want to take that heritage and pair it with really awesome food.”

Gardner said the restaurant’s selling point is the social experience. The restaurant design includes an elongated bar where conversations can blend while patrons enjoy an option of handcrafted cocktails, cold draft beers or some food.

 

Fox and Fiddle will open at the River in Rancho Mirage

 

Fox and Fiddle will open at the River in Rancho Mirage late fall 2016. (Photo: Courtesy of Fox and Fiddle)

The pub will also have a private seating area for customers looking for a traditional restaurant dining experience.

“I believe that what we’re going to offer is very, very unique,” Gardner said. “We are going to fill a niche that, in my opinion, doesn’t quite exist yet, which is a fun pub atmosphere, kind of like Yard House, paired with a Eight4Nine-like quality of food.”

 

Gardner said the restaurant is expected to open its doors late fall this year, and that it’s just the beginning of the brand’s expansion in California.

Gardner said he’s actively looking for other sites in the valley, in cities like Palm Springs and La Quinta, for future locations.

 

Fox and Fiddle will open at the River in Rancho Mirage

 

 

Fox and Fiddle will open at the River in Rancho Mirage late fall 2016. (Photo: Courtesy of Fox and Fiddle)

The goal is to grow Fox and Fiddle throughout the Coachella Valley first and then expand throughout the entire state as the brand grows. Gardner said he would like to see 50 to 75 locations opened in California in the next 15 years.

However, he said his primary focus is opening the Rancho Mirage location successfully, and for it to become a local hangout for the community.

For more information go to http://www.foxandfiddlecalifornia.com/

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