One year after winter storm damage forced it to close, Fox Hill Restaurant to reopen

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A year after a brutal winter storm forced it to close, Fox Hill Restaurant and Gardens is reopening this weekend.

“We’ve been biting at the bit, and can’t wait to show our guests the new and improved Fox Hill,” owner John Hirschi said.

Fox Hill is a farm-to-table restaurant at 800 Kemp Blvd. that serves seasonal cuisine. It's a large brick bungalow that was built as a home for a prominent attorney in 1922. Ownership changed hands several times over the years until Hirschi opened it as a restaurant in 2017.

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Marketing Director Lindsey Lunn said the storm broke fire suppression and water pipes in the building, flooding part of it up to eight feet deep. Lunn said the owner used the occasion to repurpose some rooms. A porch has been enclosed to extend the bar area and new dining areas were created upstairs.

Winter Storm Uri caused heavy damage to Fox Hill Restaurant when below-zero temperatures ruptured pipes and caused flooding. The popular restaurant reopens after almost a year of repairs and remodeling.
Winter Storm Uri caused heavy damage to Fox Hill Restaurant when below-zero temperatures ruptured pipes and caused flooding. The popular restaurant reopens after almost a year of repairs and remodeling.

Fox Hill sits on eight acres which is used for gardens and a greenhouse. Lunn said what's being grown at any given times depends on the season.

"Now We have an herb garden, kale, greens, chard, radishes, eggplant and garlic," she said.

Lunn said despite the double blow of the storm damage and the pandemic, Fox Hill has maintained its staff.

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Fox Hill Restaurant general manager Shawn Sharif in the bar.
Fox Hill Restaurant general manager Shawn Sharif in the bar.

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, but Lunn recommends making reservations at 940-432-5541. Patrons can also order to-go by phone or at www.foxhilltx.com.

This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: Closed by winter storm damage, Fox Hill Restaurant to reopen

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