Think of it as a backyard, front porch and kitchen all rolled into one. “The Yard” is Fox Restaurant Concepts’ biggest project yet, transforming an old motorcycle shop on 7th Street just south of Montebello into a unique restaurant environment.

First to open is gastro-pub Culinary Dropout, which made its bow on Feb. 11. A James Beard nominee, Executive Chef Andrew Ashmore, 29, is leading the culinary team at The Yard. Ashmore will serve as the Corporate Culinary Chef for Culinary Dropout and The Arrogant Butcher. Ashmore has been the driving force behind the development of the Culinary Dropout menus and recipes.

“The food will be upscale modernized gastro-pub food that’s made fresh every day from scratch,” Ashmore explained.

Set to open at The Yard sometime this month is Little Cleo’s fish house and oyster bar, with additional merchants following later in the year.

The Yard is located at 5632 N. 7th St. For more information, visit


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