RUTLAND — Fox’s Pizza Den in Rutland held its official grand reopening on Tuesday, celebrating its new ownership, as well as the retirement of original owner Bill Stewart.
Stewart opened the first Fox’s Pizza Den in Meigs County in 2001 in Rutland, with restaurants opening since then in Pomeroy and Tuppers Plains. The Pomeroy location is owned by Stewart’s son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Kelsey Stewart.
Stewart’s daughter Miranda Kernen took over ownership of the Rutland location in January, and had planned to renovate later this year. With COVID-19 closing the restaurant, Kernen said it seemed like the right time to move forward with the renovations.
Kernen explained that she, along with her father, had completed a remodel of almost the entire building — inside and out — with the party room the only area which remains to be completed.
“Dad and I touched every single surface,” said Kernen. “My dad is the hardest working individual I’ve ever known. This is not only a celebration of the grand reopening, but of his retirement.”
“I would not have been able to do this without the love and support of my family,” said Kernen. She thanked her staff for always being willing to help out wherever needed; her brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Kelsey Stewart who own Fox’s on the River in Pomeroy, for being mentors, easing stress and pep talks along the way; and her mom Sharon Stewart for her love and support.
“Thank you to everyone who volunteered, offered support, drove by and offered words of encouragement, it helped us to keep going with the work,” said Kernen.
She also noted the “love, support and understanding” of her husband Kyle and children Ashlyn, Aubrie and Logan as she put in long hours and late nights working on the renovations.
Counter and tabletops for the restaurant were made by Brian Reeves, with the menu board and art work by Erin Beach, supplies from Valley Lumber and assistance from Ace Contracting.
Fox’s Rutland currently has five employees with Kernen looking to hire for all positions. The restaurant offers delivery, take out and currently limited dine-in due to COVID-19 restrictions.
While the building may look different, favorite menu items remain the same. Kernen said she is planning to add spaghetti and soups to the menu in the fall.
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Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.