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Fox Restaurant Concepts' Culinary Dropout Bets on Vegas as Next Location, Opening Scheduled Summer 2012


April 4, 2012 - LAS VEGAS, NV

Five-time James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Outstanding Restaurateur, Sam Fox, is set to open his first restaurant concept in Las Vegas. The edgy gastropub, Culinary Dropout, will open this summer at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Conveniently located near the casino floor and adjacent to the pool, the new Hard Rock location is more than 6,000 square-feet of swank drinking and dining interior, with an additional 3,000-square-foot patio ready to host more than 320 hungry and thirsty Vegas foodies.

This distinctive gastropub will stay true to the soulful, relaxed ambiance of the first location in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Culinary Dropout has already made a name for itself as a day-drinking and late-night destination.

The hip- and rebel-style of Culinary Dropout makes it the perfect hangout to sip creative libations, savor tasty pub grub and take in live music several times a week.

"We believe the 24/7 culture of Las Vegas will welcome the addition of Culinary Dropout," said Sam Fox, CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts. "Furthermore, the atmosphere of the Hard Rock Hotel complements the hip but never pretentious vibe of Culinary Dropout."

While booze fans will enjoy a menu that has dedicated two-thirds to beer, wine, and unique cocktails, eaters will relish amped up pub-style appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees, along with a one-of-a-kind antipasti menu showcasing delicious and hard-to-find meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Culinary Dropout's happy hour features delectable bar snacks like hot and salty house-made pretzels with sultry provolone fondue. Appetizers like chilled oysters get dinner off to an aphrodisiacal start, followed by juicy and mouthwatering shaved prime rib dip served with onion soup. Another cult favorite is the crunchy fried chicken dinner served with fresh buttermilk biscuits and a succulent drizzle of local honey.

Vegas specific hours and opening information will be available soon. For current menu offerings or for more information about Culinary Dropout, visit www.foxRC.com/Culinary_Dropout.html. You can also find Culinary Dropout on Twitter at @Culnrydropout or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/culinarydropout.

About Fox Restaurant Concepts:
Launched in 1998, Fox Restaurant Concepts is the parent company of 12 unique concepts located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas: The Arrogant Butcher (Phoenix), Blanco Tacos + Tequila (Scottsdale, Tucson); Bloom (Denver); Culinary Dropout (Scottsdale); The Greene House (Scottsdale); Modern Steak (Scottsdale); NoRTH (Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Austin, Tucson); Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace (Scottsdale); Sauce (Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson); True Food Kitchen (Phoenix, Scottsdale, California); Wildflower (Tucson); and Zinburger (Phoenix, Tucson). The concepts range from upscale casual and fast casual to mixed food service and retail operations. Fox Restaurant Concepts are all unique and fresh in cuisine, style, service and design and are dedicated to offering the highest quality food, with exceptional service in a stylish and comfortable atmosphere. www.foxrc.com.

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