Fox and Hound Pub closes

The Fox and Hound was located behind the Lowes at 146th Street and U.S. 31 (Staff photo)

The Fox and Hound was located behind the Lowes at 146th Street and U.S. 31 (Staff photo)

By Pete Smith

The Fox and Hound Pub and Grille couldn’t survive the recent reconstruction along U.S. 31 and has decided to shut its doors for good.

“This was strictly a business decision,” Fox and Hound company spokesman Rick Van Warner said, citing the cumulative effects of a season of horrifically bad weather and a tough economy.

The restaurant closed Feb. 19, that despite altering its format to go non-smoking in September.

Van Warner said the decision was based on sustained performance at the location and not on recent events.

“It’s a tough business, and the team there worked hard to turn things around,” he said.

The restaurant’s three full-time managers and 40 hourly employees were all given severance pay based on their length of service, Van Warner said.