Cheesecake Factory-Owned Fox Restaurant Concepts Bringing New Location Of The Henry To San Diego's North County

June 4, 2024

The Cheesecake Factory-owned Fox Restaurant Concepts is opening a new location of The Henry all-day restaurant and bar in San Diego's North County.

Fox Restaurant Concepts, the Arizona-based restaurant conglomerate majority owned by The Cheesecake Factory, has announced that the company’s second area location will open within The Forum shopping center in San Diego's North County city of Carlsbad. This will be the second area location of the concept, with the first opened in Coronado in summer 2019.  

Billed as a "the greatest neighborhood restaurant with a post modern meets Ralph Lauren design", The Henry will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner when it unveils in summer 2025. The eatery will offer a large interior dining space with booths and an exhibition kitchen, as well as an outdoor patio with a fireplace. The menu will span from fresh baked pastries and coffee drinks in the morning, to salads and sandwiches for lunch, specialty entrees during evening hours, and a weekend brunch menu where Bloody Mary and Mimosa cocktails will be served via rolling carts.The restaurant will also have a full bar with cocktails, beer and wine.  

The Henry is concept first established by Sam Fox, who has owned more than 100 restaurants since dropping out of the University of Arizona when he was 20 years-old. Since launching in 1998, his Fox Restaurant Concepts evolved to over a dozen different restaurant brands, including North Italia, Flower Child, and Blanco's Tacos & Tequila, which all have locations in San Diego. In summer 2019, the Cheesecake Factory purchased Fox Restaurant Concepts for $308 million - resulting in the sale of 45 restaurants across 7 states and Washington D.C.. The deal also included an additional $45 million to be due based on profitability over the next four years. Fox Restaurant Concepts claims it continues to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary from its headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, and Sam Fox allegedly owns a home in Coronado and splits his time between San Diego and Arizona.

In March 2020 during the first phase of the COVID-19 outbreak, Sam Fox launched a GoFundMe campaign entitled "Fox Restaurant Concepts' Team Relief Fund." The crowd-sourcing campaigned raised nearly $90,000 of its half million dollar goal to "help furloughed employees", despite being owned by a company that generated approximately $2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2020. Fox Restaurant Concepts also ruffled feathers in San Diego after they failed to report employees testing positive for COVID-19 during the height of the pandemic when they were required to alert the County Health Department and public.

Fox Restaurant Concepts is also working on a new location of Blanco Tacos + Tequila to open later this year in Coronado, as well as a branch of his Culinary Dropout live music bar & restaurant being built within Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Due to his ties to San Diego, it is expected Fox Restaurant Concepts will continue to expand its presence throughout the county. 

The Henry is expected to open at 1923 Calle Barcelona in Carlsbad at some point in summer 2025. For more information, visit