If you have been to the River or Fox and Fiddle California you may have noticed the big green fenced off parking lot! It's really hard to miss the construction of the new solar parking that is coming to the river.
Let's rewind back to the first week in April. A short 6 weeks after the opening of the Fox and Fiddle California.
April 4th was a surprise to many who came to work and to dine at the River. A big green fence was taking up most of the accessible parking for Fox and Fiddle California. What was said to happen during one of the busiest months in the valley was solar covered parking. How was this going to work for us as a new brand that merely just opened? We were brand new in infancy stage and our parking lot is a construction mess! We tried to stay positive that solar covered parking will be great for the summer months and maybe bring more customers during the slow season to offset the impact it immediately had on the Fox.
Weeks were going by and the phone was ringing like mad from new guests asking how to get to us. While it seemed so easy and straight forward to go past all that fencing into the back lot it really wasn't for many. Complaints started rolling in from our guests who came for lunch and had to walk from the back lot. Many elderly we felt terrible for because it all seemed so confusing on navigating. As the months went by we realized we were passing the promised opening dates. The heat hit the desert and that extra confusing lot was something many wanted to avoid. We'd see locals at the grocery store and hear them tell us how they can't wait to come back when it's not a construction zone.
Going 3 months into the parking lot construction we were told and promised it was opening July 3. We cheered with our staff and started to plan a parking lot party! (We were bringing in a band that following Saturday to celebrate!) As the day approached we felt a sickness back again. Something wasn't right. There wasn't anyone working on the lot and it wasn't opening... scrambling to cancel our parking lot party. The band we had and staff we had scheduled it was sadness.
We've been chins up the best we can. We know many people are avoiding that lot. We are sorry for all the hope and hype with our guests to getting that solar parking for summer. Many say wait for the season and hopefully by then it shall open.
We are waiting... waiting with anticipation. Waiting to be able to operate with normal circumstances. We chose the location for the Fox on the parking lot side so you can have easy access to your local pub! The latest dates were are given was August 18th. When/if that happens we will celebrate!
Cheers to hoping we have that solar parking soon!