Sam Fox

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    October 31, 2014

    The Yard Tempe Will Include New Location of Aaron May's Over Easy

    As we told you earlier this summer, Tempe will soon be home to the second location of Sam Fox's ambitious mutli-use complex called The Yard. Like the original Phoenix location, The Yard Tempe will include a new location of Fox's Culinary Dropout restaurant and a few other local businesses. In June ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Sam Fox to Open Culinary Dropout in Tempe, Along with a Concept Similar to The Yard

    Congrats, Tempe. You're about to get Fox-ified. James Beard Award-nominated restaurant owner Sam Fox has plans for a pretty big project in the college neighborhood. The restauranteur will be bringing a third location of Culinary Dropout to the southeast corner of Farmer Avenue and First Street i ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014
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    April 23, 2014

    Flower Child: Sam Fox's Newest Restaurant to Open April 29 in Arcadia

    Get ready, people, because restaurateur Sam Fox seems confident that his newest restaurant concept is going to turn your entire life upside down. Opening Tuesday, April 29 near the northeast corner of 44th Street and Camelback, Flower Child, "is the start of a food revolution by Sam Fox" -- at lea ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    20 Best New Restaurants of 2013

    The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Sam Fox's "Life-Changing Food Experience" on Camelback Is a Juice Bar

    In February, when most of us were still reeling over a giant-ass meteor in Russia, the lights going out at Super Bowl XLVII, and the awfulness of Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars, restaurateur Sam Fox threw another bombshell into the mix: a "life-changing food experience." The promise came in the ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Sam Fox Opening Walk-Up Juice Stand in Scottsdale

    This fall, the Valley's growing cold-pressed juice craze will include noted restaurateur Sam Fox, who's opening a walk-up stand of organic juices, coconut water-based refreshers, and nutrient-rich smoothies at the Scottsdale Quarter. Created with the help of executive chef Michael Stebner and alte ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Sam Fox Opening Third Location of Blanco Tacos Tequila at Biltmore Fashion Park

    Restaurateur Sam Fox's reach into the dining world at the Biltmore Fashion Park is expanding. In addition to True Food Kitchen, his healthy eating concept, and the wine and burger bar Zinburger, Fox will be opening his third restaurant at the high-end shopping center later this year: the modern Mex ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    CLOSED: Sam Fox's Modern Steak in Scottsdale

    Just shy of two weeks following the opening of Little Cleo's, his new fish house and oyster bar at The Yard in north Central Phoenix, restaurateur Sam Fox has shuttered Modern Steak, his contemporary steakhouse in the Scottsdale Fashion Square. See also: - CLOSED: Davanti Enoteca in North Scottsdal ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: - Ten More Picks for Easter Brunch and Dinner in Greater Phoenix - Miu's Cuisine: Quite Possibly Your New Favorite Chinese Restaurant Wingstock 2013 Grab a stack of wetnaps an ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Chris Curtiss Leaves NoRTH Fattoria Italiana for Bourbon Steak

    Chef Chris Curtiss, who has spent the past 19 months implementing a house-made pasta program for Sam Fox's NoRTH Fattoria Italiana, is leaving Fox's organization to work for James Beard Award-winner Michael Mina at Bourbon Steak in the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess. See also: -- Chris Curtiss Dishe ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Oh, Oh, Otro Cafe!

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Second Location of Essence Bakery Coming to Phoenix This Summer

    What's going on in East Phoenix these days? A better question might be: What isn't? See also: - Sam Fox Wants Us to Start Preparing for a "Life-Changing Food Experience" - New Restaurants in the Works for Arcadia's La Grande Orange From sushi to two new La Grande Orange concepts to a "life-chang ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Sam Fox Wants Us to Start Preparing for a "Life-Changing Food Experience"

    Hey, how's your day going so far? Are you talking about last night's Oscars? (We all are!) Getting another cup of coffee? Planning where to go for lunch today? See also: - New Restaurants in the Works for Arcadia's La Grande Orange - 2013 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: 4 Arizona Candid ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Side Effects and Dinner at True Food Kitchen

    While a jumbo tub of hot buttered popcorn is one of our most frequently indulged guilty pleasures, we think a good movie deserves a little better company than junk food. Try out our movie and meal pairings for yourself or feel free to suggest one of your own favorites in the comments. The Movie: S ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Sam Fox's The Yard, Featuring Culinary Dropout, to Open February 11: Think Live Music, Tetherball, and (Later) Oysters

    Restaurateur and James Beard Award nominee Sam Fox is no stranger to opening new concepts, but The Yard may be his most ambitious one to date. See also: - Scratch Pastries to Open Phoenix Location in February - Old Dixie's Food Truck Finds Brick-and-Mortar Home at Welcome Diner Teaming up with T ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Mid-January Job Fair to Fill 75 Positions for Culinary Dropout's New Location

    Fox Restaurant Concepts, a culinary tour de force in the Valley since 1998, is preparing to launch its biggest project to date. Located on 7th Street a few blocks south of Bethany Home Road, The Yard will be like a backyard, front porch, living room, and kitchen all rolled into one. Two Fox restaura ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    29-Year-Old Chef to Head Up Sam Fox's Newest Culinary Dropout at "The Yard" in North Central Phoenix

    Since first reported last January, the buzz has died down a bit surrounding restaurateur Sam Fox's latest restaurant concept, dubbed "The Yard." Currently under construction at a former motorcycle garage and dealership near the intersection of Seventh Street and Montebello in North Central Phoenix, ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson to Open New (and Slightly Different) Mexican Restaurant in March

    Holy Cow! Are we actually becoming a legit restaurant town -- with restaurant neighborhoods and everything? Mark my word (or Sam Fox's), the hottest new dining hub is going to be the 7th Street between Missouri and . . . what . . . maybe Glendale? That's where local resto mogul Fox is developing The ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    18: Sam Fox

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Sam Fox's New Culinary Dropout Will Feature an Outdoor Park, Oyster Bar and More

    See also: Sam Fox to Open Second Culinary Dropout in Phoenix As reported by Chow Bella last January, local restaurant mogul Sam Fox plans to open a second local Culinary Dropout in the space that formerly housed a series of motorcycle and car dealerships on Seventh Street in Phoenix. Construction ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    Noodle Knockout: North Fattoria Italiana vs. Olive Garden

    Don't worry, you read that right. We put Sam Fox's brand new North up against Olive Garden. We thought it would be funny. We thought maybe Sam Fox's new Italian restaurant would prove to be comparable to corporate Italian beast Olive Garden. We thought that we could prove once and for all that no ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    "Hot Chocolate" Cake at The Arrogant Butcher

    Sam Fox: Love him or hate him, chances are you have some opinion about this Valley-based restaurateur. Not everyone likes the idea of one guy cranking out 12 (yes, 12!) restaurant concepts in 14 years. But even if not all of them are winners, at the very least Fox is putting up one hell of a fight a ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Chef Aaron May Popping Up for Dinner at Sam Fox's Bar North

    Somewhere between chef and restaurateur Aaron May opening Praying Monk in Scottsdale (and being locked out of his taco shop, Vitamin T, at CityScape after a landlord-tenant dispute) and restaurateur Sam Fox announcing the addition of a seafood concept to his second Arizona Culinary Dropout location ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Fox Restaurant Concepts Planning to Open a (Shh...) on Camelback Road

    2012 sure is looking like a busy year for Sam Fox. In February, the restaurateur's company, Fox Restaurant Concepts, partnered with the largest T.G.I. Friday's franchisee and announced plans to open several Zinburgers in 23 states. That same month, FRC hooked up with Scottsdale-based P.F. Chang's, ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Culinary Dropout Expanding to the Hard Rock in Vegas

    It appears the tentacles of restaurateur Sam Fox are reaching out to expand his empire once again -- this time in Vegas, baby. The 2012 James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Outstanding Restaurateur has announced that Culinary Dropout, his trendy gastropub in Scottsdale, will open a location in ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Strange Bedfellows: P.F. Chang's Acquires Majority Interest in True Food Kitchen

    Now here's a peculiar pair. Yesterday, Nation's Restaurant News reported that P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc., the Scottsdale-based company responsible for serving up mediocre Chinese fare at over 200 of its casual-dining locations and nearly 175 of its Pei Wei Asian Diners, has agreed to acquire a ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Sam Fox to Open Second Culinary Dropout in Phoenix

    From hiring ex-Noca chef Chris Curtiss to run his new NoRTH location in Arcadia last November, to taking over the Oakville Grocery Co. space at CityScape in October to open Chloe's Corner with co-owner Ashly Young last week, restaurateur Sam Fox has been a busy boy indeed -- and just a month into 20 ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Chloe's Corner Now Open at CityScape

    Out with the Oakville, in with the new. Last October, Oakville Grocery Co., the ex-eatery and gourmet groceries spot at Downtown's CityScape, saw some controversy when the Arizona Republic reported its owner and operator, Michael A. Webb, was booted out in under three months by CityScape's develope ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    The Arrogant Butcher's Ego Boost

    ​ The Arrogant Butcher created a bloody buzz when it opened early last year in downtown Phoenix, featuring the kind of high-concept restauranteur Sam Fox is now known for in these parts. Design never takes a backseat to the food in a Fox restaurant, so it's no surprise that Arrogant Butcher' ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Five Awkward Moments in the Phoenix Food Scene, 2011

      ​Well, folks, 2011 has come and (just about) gone and we're left to chew the fat. It was a year filled with great new restaurants and some fun moments -- and some awkward ones, too. Let's look back on a few high low points in what's now Phoenix food history.     ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Sam Fox to Take Over Oakville Grocery at CityScape

    Bye Bye Oakville Grocery ​CityScape announced today that restaurant mogul Sam Fox will be adding a new gourmet market to his roster -- and it just so happens to be in the exact same spot as CityScape's recently opened Oakville Grocery. Sam Fox, of Fox Restaurant Concepts, and Ashley Youn ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Barrio Cafe, Cartel, LGO and More Ready to Take Off at Sky Harbor

    IdeationA sneak peek at what's in store for Terminal 4.​Back in May, Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport announced their selection of HMS Host's locally-focused proposal for a new cache of restaurants inside Terminal 4 as the first of two restaurant "master concessionaire" contracts to be awarded for the ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 31, 2011

    Cafe: The Arrogant Butcher

    ​CityScape is a double-edged sword. Sure, we're stoked there's a bit more to do and see and eat downtown, but a lot of these joints aren't exactly destinations worth a drive from Tempe or Scottsdale. Enter Sam Fox's latest eatery The Arrogant Butcher. Is the latest Fox concept restaurant worth ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Now Open at CityScape: The Arrogant Butcher

    ​You'll be forgiven if you thought that CityScape's latest restaurant, The Arrogant Butcher, was already open to the public. The place has been booked with VIP parties for days. But, in fact, it officially opens its doors today. Whether people come out in droves to dine at Sam Fox's ne ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Russell Pearce, Phil Gordon, D-Backs and even New Times to Crowd the Arrogant Butcher​It's being billed as "one of the most comprehensive series of grand opening events in Valley restaurant history," but to be honest, the line-up for Sam Fox's Arrogant Butcher is giving us a serious case of heartburn. Jason Rose -- the pu ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    11 New Restaurants Announced at Scottsdale Quarter

    ​Along with the debut of a new Nike flagship store at Scottsdale Quarter this week came an announcement of the North Scottsdale mall's fall/winter 2010-2011 restaurant lineup. Eleven new restaurants are in the works, joining Oakville Grocery, Brio Tuscan Grill, and Primebar: Coal Burger: coal-fire ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    First Taste: Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar

    courtesy of FOX restaurant conceptsBurgers and bottles of wine, oh my!​It may be their shared Germanic roots -- or their common Midwestern ubiquity. But for some reason, we've always associated burgers with beer and beer with burgers.But not anymore. Now we're thinking burgers and wine, baby!The g ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Spiked! and Slashfood's KitKat "News" in Today's Eater's Digest

    An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. ​ Spiked! Is returning this spring to the Desert Botanicals Garden. Starting March 4th the DBG will be hosting 8 nights of local music, food and drink. The $25 ticket will get you all access to the gardens, a f ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010
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    January 20, 2010

    Fox Restaurant Concepts Sells Chloe's Corner

    ​Even as restaurateur Sam Fox's culinary empire continues to grow, one of his spots has just gone indie. As of January 1, Chloe's Corner, the pint-sized lunch counter at Kierland Commons, is under new ownership, purchased by general manager Ashly Young. This is the first time a Fo ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    New Restaurants Sign on at CityScape

    Is Scottsdale so 2008? It's a fair question, given all the Scottsdale-based restaurateurs who are eyeing central Phoenix for their newest ventures for 2010 and beyond.  Chef Aaron May, Sam Fox, and Kyle Shivers are the latest to sign on at CityScape, the ambitious 1.8 million sq ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Lots of New Local Eateries in the Works

    AZCentral's list of 20 new restaurants scheduled to open by the end of the year has suddenly been changed to 15 since the story was posted yesterday. Not hard to figure out which five are now missing -- it's the restaurants on Jackson that Bernie Kantak is planning. Should we rea ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Zinburger: Coming Soon?

    I hardly recognize Biltmore Fashion Park anymore. Haagen-Dazs is gone. Now the windows are covered up and adorned with a big sign announcing that Zinburger -- a spinoff of restaurateur Sam Fox's Tucson eatery -- is "coming soon." But the Republic reports that it's not opening until Januar ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    November 12, 2008

    Arpaio to Display "Day-in-the-Life" Photos in Scottsdale Exhibit and Charity Auction

    Look for stunning, controversial, politically sensitive photos that only Arpaio could produce.

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    October 23, 2008
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    November 16, 2006

    Ivy League

    A multi-tasking marvel

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    April 20, 2006

    Commons Killer

    Conceptual like a Fox

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