Culinary Dropout, an Arizona-born restaurant chain originally opened by Fox Restaurant Concepts in 2010, is moving to California.
The Cheesecake Factory acquired Fox Restaurant Concepts in 2019 and began expanding the Flower Child and North Italia brands with new Flower Child locations planned for more states, as well as the Paradise remodel Valley mall and the upcoming Novus Innovation Corridor in Tempe, which will also welcome a new location in North Italia.
The Cheesecake Factory owner now has his sights set on expanding the Culinary Dropout brand.
The Scottsdale-based restaurant chain has locations in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. The planned expansion will bring the restaurant to more states, including California and yet-to-be-disclosed locations in the southeastern United States, as well as additional locations in Georgia and Texas.
2023 is a big year for Arizona restaurateurs
Other Valley restaurateurs launched expansions last year. Joey Maggiore and The Maggiore Group have announced plans to bring The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker to Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Nevada, and Colorado, which will be the restaurants’ first outposts outside of Arizona.
It looks like Sam Fox is taking a different approach to expansion, ditching his more popular chains like Culinary Dropout and Flower Child at The Cheesecake Factory and shifting his focus to a new venture at The Global Ambassador hotel. Set to open in December, the highly anticipated Phoenix resort will include five new restaurants.