Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District: Fox Restaurant Concepts' Largest Project to Date

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A rendering of the new concept, Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District.
We already told you that James Beard Award-nominated restaurant owner Sam Fox would be bringing his Culinary Dropout concept to a new project in Tempe. But now, the Arizona-based restaurant group is ready to release a few more details about their biggest project to date.

The Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District will be located at 149 West Farmer Avenue in Tempe and is just part of an effort to revitalize the area west of Mill Avenue. The plans for the massive new development include a Culinary Dropout restaurant, private dining space, live music venue, and other local businesses.

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

Fox Restaurant Concepts and development partner, Brian Frakes, plan to open the restaurant in October. Like The Yard in Phoenix, the approximately 14,757-square-foot space will include a large outdoor patio with yard games. The project will also include a private dining venue called The Showcase Room and other local businesses.

The Showcase Room alone will be able to serve up to 250 people with a separate entrance and its own bar. The 4,435-square-foot space will also be able to be divided into two smaller spaces, for use by smaller parties. There will also be a second private dining space called The Coop, which will be able to seat 86 guests.

As we previously reported, the development will also house a second branch of Phoenix's Madison Improvement Club. The Madison at Farmer Arts District will feature a "Party on a Bike" spin studio with 60 bikes and a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. The 3,956-square-foot venue will schedule about seven classes a day during the week, and four classes a day on weekends. It's expected to be the first business to open in the venue later this fall.

The s.e.e.d. café -- also found at The Madison Improvement Club -- will offer prepackaged healthy and tasty to-go salads, juices, one to three day juice cleanses, house made energy bars and raw desserts. There will also be The Madison boutique, which will carry clothing and accessories, including private label pieces.

Finally, Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District has plans to build a stage and a 2,758 square foot outdoor lounge patio with an Outdoor Beer Cooler. As at The Yard, the outdoor game area will offer ping pong, corn hole, and other family-friendly games.

The complex will offer about 90 parking spaces and valet.

Construction on the warehouse space, which was originally built in the 1960s for Thorens Showcase and Fixtures, began in March. More details about the local businesses that will occupy the space will be announced soon.

Stay tuned.

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Location Info

Culinary Dropout at Farmer Arts District

149 W. Farmer Avenue, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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11 comments
Jason N. Minos
Jason N. Minos

How about some diversity from these Fox Concepts? I mean how many does Phx need? Corporate food and James beard? I am questioning the James beard award these days. Seems like they are thrown out like candy at a parade!

Julie Riddle Andreen
Julie Riddle Andreen

How about something in the West Valley for once? It may be hard to believe, but many of us have tastes that range beyond Red Robin and Paradise Cafe. Come on.

Mary Gendron
Mary Gendron

What a welcome addition to Downtown Tempe. Lots of energy and so much to choose from in several areas. Sign me up for a spin class and more fabulous dining with Sam Fox restaurants!

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