Exclusive: New £1m Hale Barns restaurant to create over 50 jobs

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A new £1m restaurant is to open in Hale Barns in September, creating over 50 jobs.

Fox is the brainchild of Danny Fox, co-founder of the Living Ventures restaurant group and former director of Individual Restaurant Company, which owns the likes of Piccolino and Restaurant Bar & Grill.

It will be located on the site of the former Co-op in Hale Barns Square, a 4,000 sq ft unit fronting on to Hale Road and adjacent to Booths supermarket.

Speaking exclusively to Altrincham Today, Fox told us the restaurant’s concept is one he has been working on “for many years”.

The 4,000 sq ft unit in Hale Barns Square is currently undergoing a £1m fit-out
The 4,000 sq ft unit in Hale Barns Square is currently undergoing a £1m fit-out

“There’s no one nationality to the food – it’s a wood-fired concept. We’ll be cooking amazing steaks and fish on a huge grill, and we’ll also be offering fantastic pizzas cooked in a huge wood-fired pizza oven.

“It’s very much a concept for 2016 – there’ll be an eye on healthy lifestyle food too, but really we just want to give the people what they want.”

The new restaurant is currently under construction, with interior design being handled by renowned London-based practice Alexander Waterworth. Fox says it will look “very classy, very slick, very New York, very London”.

The 120-cover restaurant is scheduled to open in the first week of September and interviewing has begun for over 50 positions. All staff will be given three weeks of training and anyone wishing to apply still has time – email info@foxrg.com for more details.

Fox will front on to Hale Road
Fox will front on to Hale Road

As well as lunch and dinner, Fox will also be opening for breakfasts and an outside seating area will be following next year.

The new restaurant is the penultimate unit to be filled in the redeveloped Hale Barns Square, following the arrival of Costa Coffee, Pets Corner and Fired Earth – as well as the anchor tenant Booths.

Fox’s pedigree on the Northern restaurant scene is unquestionable – he founded the hugely successful Living Ventures restaurant group with the late Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts and helped grow the Living Room bar chain before selling it to Premium Bars and Restaurants.

The new restaurant is located just yards from Booths supermarket in Hale Barns Square
The new restaurant is located just yards from Booths supermarket in Hale Barns Square

He is the former operations director at Individual Restaurant Company, the owner of restaurants including Piccolino and Restaurant Bar & Grill.

Fox said he hoped his new venture was just what Hale Barns wanted.

“I’m really looking forward to it, and the goodwill coming from people in Hale Barns so far has been fantastic. No-one has put a great restaurant right in the middle of Hale Barns before, and hopefully it will be just what the public want,” he said.

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