In January, I reported that Fox Restaurant Concepts had plans to open a second Arizona location of its trendy Scottsdale gastropub, Culinary Dropout, in Central Phoenix (another location in Las Vegas was announced earlier this month.) Located at 5632 North Seventh Street (between Camelback and Bethany Home Roads), the restaurant will take over the space of a former auto and motorcycle dealership.
But, according to a recent press release from Fox Restaurant Concepts, the space, with a planned opening date of late fall, will house more than just a Culinary Dropout. In fact, it's being referred to as an "indoor/outdoor urban dining and lounging hub."
Anchored by Culinary Dropout, the location will share an outdoor recreation area and beer garden with a new, soon-to-be-named fish house and oyster bar concept. In addition, the new development will include a local coffee shop and two retail spaces not owned by Fox Restaurant Concepts.
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"We were drawn to working on this project because of our ability to use as much of the current structures and create a park-like space in the middle of a very urban setting," says Fox Restaurant Concepts founder and CEO Sam Fox.
FRC says its new seafood concept will have a "Brooklyn-like vibe and be reminiscent of an old urban seafood shack." The menu will serve up raw-bar offerings as well as chowders, fish and chips, and po-boys along with white wines and beers.