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

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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.

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Teaming up with Todd Chester, a developer with WDP Partners, Fox has redeveloped a 53,000-square-foot space into a multi-use urban dining and hangout lounge. Located at a former motorcycle garage near the intersection of Seventh Street and Montebello in north Central Phoenix, The Yard will feature several concepts, including a third location of Fox's trendy gastropub Culinary Dropout, set to open at 11 a.m. Monday, February 11.

Here's what guests can expect:

Unlike its other locations in Scottsdale and Las Vegas, the latest version of Culinary Dropout at The Yard will feature a massive patio, live music on the weekends, and lawn games like ping-pong, cornhole, and tetherball on a 1,400-square foot turf. The restaurant will be headed up by 29-year-old chef Andrew Ashmore, who has been with Fox Restaurant Concepts for the past four years.

And in mid-March, The Yard will introduce Little Cleo's Seafood Legend, Fox's first seafood and oyster bar. Plans also are in the works to add future merchants to the space.

"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," says Fox.

The Yard 5632 North Seventh Street (just south of Bethany Home Road) 602-680-4040

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