After rumors began swirling late last year that Jonathan and Justin Fox were eyeing property in Brookhaven for another Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q restaurant, the brothers confirmed they are indeed opening a third location next year in the former Hudson FC International Sports Pub space at Brookhaven Station on Peachtree Road.
A second full-service restaurant opens this summer at the Works in Underwood Hills, which also includes the recently opened Chattahoochee Food Works food hall backed by celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern.
The design for the Brookhaven restaurant will take inspiration from the Texas icehouses the brothers grew around in Fort Worth, Texas, and feature a pick-up window and focus on outdoor spaces.
The brothers first launched Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q as a catering business grown from the backyard barbecues they frequently hosted at their homes in Fort Worth and Atlanta. The Candler Park restaurant opened 14 years ago serving Texas-style barbecue and other popular dishes like Frito pie, hickory smoked wings, and the Tominator tater tots covered in Brunswick stew. In recent years, the brothers expanded Fox Bros. Catering and opened a walk-up window called the Que’Osk in Armour Yards and opened barbecue stalls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Braves Truist Park.
“When my brother and I started cooking barbecue, we did so in our backyard in Brookhaven, and we’re excited about the opportunity to return to the neighborhood,” Jonathan Fox says in a press release. “We’ve learned a lot over the past year and with this location, we want to highlight elements of classic Texas barbecue culture and the flavors that we grew up with.”
The Fox brothers had considered opening a second location five years ago in northwest Atlanta in the former Adams Hardware store on Marietta Road in Bolton. However, those plans were scrapped due to issues with housing smokers on the premises. B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue owner Bryan Furman ran up against similar issues when he also considered the property to reopen his Riverside restaurant, which was destroyed after a fire broke out in the smokehouse. The building is now home to the Companion, co-owned by Steinbeck’s chef Andy Gonzales.
Furman will return to Riverside next year to open Bryan Furman BBQ just up the road from the Companion on Bolton Road and around the corner from his former barbecue restaurant B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue.
After running Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Candler Park as a counter-service restaurant for the last year, the brothers recently reinstated table service there. Seating continues to be limited inside and masks are required when not seated at a table. Both locations at Mercedes Benz Stadium and Truist Park have also reopened for game days.
4058 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. foxbrosbbq.com.