Foxiis Restaurant & Grill owner builds McKinney sports bar with variety of dishes

The Romaine Wedge Salad ($7.25) consists of romaine lettuce, hickory smoked bacon, red onions, tomato, blue cheese and Foxiis’ house ranch dressing. (Francesca DAnnunzio/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Romaine Wedge Salad ($7.25) consists of romaine lettuce, hickory smoked bacon, red onions, tomato, blue cheese and Foxiis’ house ranch dressing. (Francesca DAnnunzio/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Romaine Wedge Salad ($7.25) consists of romaine lettuce, hickory smoked bacon, red onions, tomato, blue cheese and Foxiis’ house ranch dressing. (Francesca DAnnunzio/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Fried Catfish Platter ($13.95) features cornmeal crusted catfish deep fried, served with seasoned fries, coleslaw and Cajun remoulade. (Francesca D’Annunzio/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Juan Ruiz and his sister-in-law, Perla Ruiz, own and operate Foxiis Restaurant along with Juan’s brother, Diego Ruiz. (Francesca DAnnunzio/Community Impact Newspaper)
Juan Ruiz, one of the owners of Foxiis Restaurant & Grill in Murphy and McKinney, said he has dreamed of opening a restaurant since he was 16. He said it all started when he watched a Sachse entrepreneur build a restaurant from the ground up.

Ruiz approached the owner at the construction site, asked for an application, and was hired shortly after to help market the restaurant.

“I was out on Sundays at 8 in the morning passing out fliers; I was out on the side of the street waving [‘We’re open’] signs,” Ruiz said. “I’ve kind of done a little bit of everything.”

Within a few months, Ruiz said he was bartending and training new staff—and watched when his boss sold the restaurant less than a year later for $1.7 million.

Once Ruiz realized he had the knowledge and interest in running a restaurant, he decided he would pursue it.


When considering what type of restaurant to open, Ruiz said he wanted to create an environment where people would gather for both celebrations and sporting events. Ruiz also wanted to create a culinary experience that would surprise his diners. He said he believes many people go to sports bars for the atmosphere rather than the food.

“The food is not very good in most sports bars, [and that] left a big opening to impress people,” Ruiz said.

He also wanted to create fusion dishes that would allow his patrons to explore a variety of cuisines, including southern comfort food, Tex-Mex, and some Asian influences. Foxiis’ menu has items from chicken waffles and ahi tuna nachos to satay skewers.

“Our menu is much more extensive than the traditional sports bar,” he said.

Although Ruiz realizes he may be able to sell a restaurant for a small fortune like his old boss, said he is not sure if he would ever sell Foxiis.

“I’ve been working on [it] for many years. It’s kind of one of those things where it becomes your baby,” he said.

Foxiis Restaurant & Grill

301 E. Virginia St., Ste. 103, McKinney

469-907-1172

www.foxiisrestaurant.com

Hours: Mon.-Wed. 11a.m.-10 p.m., Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
By Francesca D' Annunzio
Francesca D'Annunzio covers K-12 and higher education, development, planning and zoning, and transportation in Frisco and McKinney. She attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she reported for the Daily Texan and interned for the Austin Chronicle. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time outdoors and experimenting in the kitchen.


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