Sam Fox’s Flower Child Wins “Hot Concept Award” From Nation’s Restaurant News

Sam Fox is the only three-time individual recipient of the coveted honor


PHOENIX, Oct. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Flower Child, the healthy, happy, fast-casual restaurant by prolific concept creator Sam Fox, has won a coveted “Hot Concept Award” from Nation’s Restaurant News. The prestigious award honors forward-thinking brands at the leading edge of food service. This is the third time Fox has been honored with a Hot Concept nod, a distinction no other individual has ever achieved.

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With 60 restaurants and 16 different brands across the nation, Fox is considered one of the most intuitive minds in the restaurant industry. Far ahead of its time, Fox’s original fast-casual brand, Sauce Pizza & Wine, received the Hot Concept Award 12 years ago in 2005. Then, in 2011, Fox was the visionary behind Hot Concept Award winner True Food Kitchen and credited as the man who popularized health and wellness dining. This revolutionary restaurant, which Fox developed with natural living pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, changed how people dine today – proving that healthy dining and delicious food are not mutually exclusive concepts. Since then Fox has developed numerous successful brands, including several that have been acquired by some of the largest and most powerful players in the restaurant industry.

Honored by the James Beard Foundation with numerous nominations for Restaurateur of the Year, Fox was also named one of the 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry by Nation’s Restaurant News earlier this year.

Fox created Flower Child with one word in mind: “happy,” and the restaurant offers conveniently nutritious food in a bright and energetic environment. The Flower Child menu is a healthy and balanced dining experience with a selection of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan items for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Much of the menu is mix-and-match style, allowing guests to select their favorite combination of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and grains from items such as Spicy Japanese Eggplant and Indian Spiced Cauliflower as well as optional proteins like Grass-Fed Steak and Organic Non-GMO Tofu. Guests will also find a variety of salads like the Organic Kale; bowls like the Mother Earth; and fresh, seasonal beverages, including a daily juice and kombucha on tap.

Each of the seven Flower Child locations is a tribute to the community it serves with regional ingredients highlighting the menu and local beer and wine. The eighth Flower Child is scheduled to open this winter in downtown Austin, Texas. Other locations include Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Scottsdale and an existing Austin site. Future Flower Child sites are planned for Las Vegas, Atlanta, Houston, Florida, Phoenix and Virginia.

“Flower Child resonates with wellness-conscious guests who care about the food they eat, how it tastes, and that it’s served with a smile,” said Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts Founder. “And while I’m humbled to be the only three-time recipient of the Hot Concept Award, the credit really goes to the Fox Restaurant Concepts team. They are truly the success of the organization – working behind the scenes to make my visions become realities.”


Flower Child is the healthy, happy, fast-casual restaurant from Sam Fox’s Fox Restaurant Concepts. Inspired by its fundamental mission to deliver healthy food for a happy world, the restaurant offers conveniently nutritious food in a bright and energetic environment. Flower Child blooms on every level - inspired flavors, rich nutrients, and quick preparation. It’s a brand that revolutionizes the way we eat. In particular, the way we eat out. For more information, please visit or follow @eatflowerchild.


Sam Fox Restaurants encompasses 16 unique brands – including True Food Kitchen, North Italia and Flower Child – and over 60 restaurants spanning 10 states with more than 6,000 employees. Each restaurant is designed to provide guests with a remarkable dining experience that will leave a lasting impression. Varying from trend-setting upscale, to better casual and walk-up retail, Sam Fox Restaurants is dedicated to creating fresh and innovative cuisine, and offers gracious service in stylish and comfortable settings. For more information, visit

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