Period pub concept cozies up to St. Charles
The Firkin & Fox, a restaurant owned by brothers Jim and Jeff Phalan of Carson City, will open in early January on the ground floor of the St. Charles Hotel. The Fox’s Den, a drinking spot, adjoins.
The Firkin & Fox, a franchised English style concept, dovetails with the historic authenticity of the St. Charles Hotel, says Phalan. He spent half a year researching franchise possibilities before choosing one most compatible with that location.
The 5,000-square-foot interior harks back to an earlier era with red velvet upholstery, brass accents, mother-of-pearl and details and acid-edged glass. “The franchisor says our location ranks in their top five for warmth and authenticity,” says Phelps.
But when Phelps first saw the space, he recalls, “It looked like a bomb went off.” And the original brick was so soft he feared to sandblast the surface, opting instead to restore it with hand drill and wire brush.
On April 1, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak formally issued a “Stay at Home” directive for Nevadans and extended closures of nonessential businesses, gambling and school closures to April 30.