After almost seven years of being closed, South Miami’s iconic bar reopened its doors on Friday, July 29th.
Coined “Miami’s Darkest Bar,” the rebirth is the diligent and consciousness work of the local hospitality group Lost Boy & Co., which has spent the last few years working on bringing the legend of FOX’S back to its original US 1 location. Founded in 2018 by co-owners Randy Alonso and Chris Hudnall, FOX’S serves as one of five new concepts by Lost Boy & Co. The team currently operates Lost Boy Dry Goods in Downtown, Tropezon on Espanola Way, and serves as the beverage partner at the Esme Miami Beach, as well as the soon-to-open Mayfair House Hotel & Garden in Coconut Grove.
The experienced team realized that resurrecting FOX’S would be a challenging undertaking. “We understood the need to take a different approach when it came to Fox’s,” says Alonso. “I remember when we walked the property, Chris turned to me and said this is going to be the hardest thing we’re going to do because people have memories of FOX’S. They’ve met their spouses there, they’ve celebrated milestones. There’s gravity in making sure it lives up to all that,” he adds. With this in mind, they took a thoughtful approach to the design, researching historic photos and connected with former regulars, employees, and families of previous owners. As a result, the team mirrored an identical look and feel by bringing back staple interior items such as the wood-paneled walls, custom red leather banquette booths, captain’s swivel bar chairs, and black and white striped floors and bar awning. The artwork has been commissioned to replace signature pieces such as hand-painted Fox’s signage and a new variation of the plane painting.
The food menu sees a return of everyone’s favorite Thursday Prime Rib night, tasty Thumb Bits, and the beloved French Onion Soup. Other signature classics abound on the menu. The cocktail menu features a few changes; guests can still expect the classics including heavily poured martinis with a sidecar, Manhattans done right, and an incredible selection of beer, wine, and bubbles.
In response to customer comments, the team is now considering expanding the bar and adding more patron dining space facing US 1. The liquor store will be resituated from where it was originally planned. It’s a new “old” FOX’S.
FOX’S Lounge is for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. with the kitchen closing at 11 p.m.