Posted Dec 11th, 2018 in Foodie Fodder
Operating a small restaurant business is hard work. Serving customers a fresh, nutritious meal at an affordable price is an ambition shared by many entrepreneurs. Adding more loft ambitions such as training people with employment barriers and fostering connections among community members are additional challenges for Rachel and Randy Fox, owners of The Foxes Boxes.
With Rachel’s passion for social justice and Randy’s 20-plus years of service in the hospitality industry, the business model is the perfect fit for them. Because restaurants make great meeting spaces and people tend to come together around food, Rachel believes their business has a big impact on the community. The Foxes Boxes welcomes people from all walks of life to eat, drink, have fun and share stories. “What’s your story Wednesday” held the third Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. brings people together to do just that.
The restaurant took an even greater role after Hurricane Florence. It all started with a young woman and her children showing up on the doorstep of The Foxes Boxes. They had no food at home and no power so Rachel invited them in and made them sandwiches. Rachel soon realized there was a great need in the neighborhood for people without power or transportation. She teamed up with Detour Deli to distribute food and other necessary items to those in need. Donations began pouring in and the team of volunteers grew. Throughout the month of October, The Foxes Boxes became a distribution center for supplies.
Thankful they were able to help, Rachel and Randy are now re-focusing on their business. Their restaurant menu is inspired by their children who each had different dietary needs growing up. It offers a choice of protein options within each of the three available boxes and a fruit or vegetable side. The menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and all the food is prepared from scratch each day by Randy and the current externs.
At any one time, three to six externs may be undergoing on-the-job training at The Foxes Boxes to develop skills applicable to the hospitality industry. All of the externs that have completed the program have successfully transitioned into work or have returned to school to further their education. The program is expected to grow further once it becomes a non-profit.
The Foxes Boxes has grown in the two years since opening in the Brooklyn Arts District of Downtown Wilmington and the north side community is undergoing many changes. Support local businesses like The Foxes Boxes and you too can be a part of future growth.
Hours: Tues – Fri, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat., Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
622 N 4th St
Wilmington, NC 28401