POMEROY — After nearly a year of creating, planning and construction, Fox’s Pizza Den On The River officially opened for business on Monday morning.
Owner Matt Stewart said the idea of a sit-down family-style restaurant where people could enjoy good food and a drink began a year ago next month with an idea he drew himself.
Now, that dream has become a reality.
Moving just down Main Street from its previous location, Fox’s will now offer a large and inviting dining area both inside and outside. Several types of seating will be available with booths, tables and chairs, picnic tables, and patio sets.
The patio will have seating for 50-55 people, with room for 70 inside.
While the restaurant will serve bar and wine, Stewart said that it is not a bar, it is a family restaurant with a view (of the Ohio River).
With the new location also comes the increase in jobs. The old location was ran by Stewart with six additional employees. Currently the new location has 27 employees.
Customers will also notice an expanded menu at the new restaurant.
Pastas and several new appetizers will be served in addition to new pizza options. The restaurant will also feature a kids menu and a few additional dessert options for dine in customers.
The restaurant will be more accommodating, with additional parking and expanded delivery hours. Delivery will now be available during all hours of operation.
The “sky is the limit” Stewart said of the potential for the new restaurant, noting that he would like to host live music and show football games on a projector screen outdoors this fall.
Stewart has owned the Pomeroy location of Fox’s Pizza Den since purchasing it from his father, Bill, in 2008. Prior to that time Stewart managed the restaurant and had worked at the location in Rutland.
Stewart emphasizes that there was no way the new restaurant would have become a reality without his dad. “He’s been here since day one. He is one of the first here and the last to leave.”
Stewart said he has also had input and support from several other members of the family.
The vast majority of the work — from the financing to the lumber and the plumbing to the electrical — has been done by local contractors with local suppliers.
Stewart emphasized that with the small community the more money that could be spent locally, the better for the area.
Sunset Home Construction completed the building, which was designed by Penny Mullens of RVC Architects. Other contractors working on the project included Hendrix Heating and Cooling, Thompson Plumbing, and Maxey Electric. Many of the supplies came from local suppliers such as Dettwiller Lumber, Valley Lumber and Baum Lumber.
Items were only ordered from other suppliers out of the area when necessary, said Stewart.
The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m, Friday and Saturday; and noon-10 p.m., Sunday.