Carrie Rengers

Longtime Wichita bar and restaurant closes

The Fox and Hound Pub & Grille at the Waterfront has closed.
The Fox and Hound Pub & Grille at the Waterfront has closed. Courtesy photo

After the close of business on Saturday night – or, more correctly, Sunday morning – the Fox and Hound Pub & Grille permanently closed.

A manager referred calls to a corporate number, but no one could be reached for comment.

Before the end of the evening, employees were already at other area bars seeking jobs.

On Sunday, there was a sign in front of the Fox and Hound, which is at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb Road, that says, “Thank you for partying with us over the years. ... We are closed.”

The business opened in 2004.

Earlier this month, its parent company, Dallas-based Last Call Guarantor, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy.

At the time of the filing, the company had 48 Fox and Hound locations along with a number of Champps Kitchen & Bars and Bailey’s Sports Grilles in other markets.

Fox and Hound started in Arlington, Texas, in 1994. Wichita businessman Jamie Coulter, co-founder of Wichita-based Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, then bought Fox and Hound English Pub & Grille and the Charlotte, N.C., company that operated Bailey’s Sports Grille. He brought the headquarters to Wichita and took the company public in 1997.

Coulter stepped back from management in 1999 but retained a sizable ownership stake. After rapid growth, the company began to struggle and was purchased by private equity firms in 2006 and taken private.

This isn’t the first time the chain has declared bankruptcy. Another ownership group filed for bankruptcy in 2013 when there were 101 Fox and Hound sites.

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Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers