Aussie and the Fox will close later this month in downtown Lancaster and there are plans for it to be replaced by another restaurant.
The last day for Aussie and the Fox at 38 W. King St. will be April 14, which will end a nearly 5-year run for the Australian-themed restaurant.
Aussie and the Fox is owned by Frank Fox and his grandaughter Julia Morrell and her husband, Colin Morrell. The restaurant opened in August 2013 and features some traditional Australian dishes.
The Aussie and the Fox owners said they weren’t looking to close but decided to leave after getting an unsolicited offer for the business.
“It has been an honor to be a part of this community for the last five years, and we have been extremely blessed to be so well received and supported,” the Aussie and the Fox owners said in a prepared statement.
The offer for Aussie and the Fox comes from Proper Food Group which intends to buy the fixtures, furnishings and equipment, as well as the liquor license from Aussie & the Fox for an undisclosed price, both parties said.
The sale would include the Buzz takeout window, which would be refashioned for use by Max’s, said Connor Patterson, one of the new group’s owners.
Michael Sirianni of Buzz said his business will remain in operation and that he will be making an announcement Wednesday about its intentions.
The opening of Max’s is contingent on a new lease for the space, which hasn’t yet been finalized.
Max’s is a project of Proper Food Group, which consists of three partners — Patterson, Matt Titter, and Doug Bernard — who all have ties to Lancaster.
Titter and Bernard both live in Lancaster, where Titter formerly worked at the Pressroom Restaurant. Bernard works in finance and the film industry.
Patterson, who lived in Lancaster for more than 10 years, now lives in San Francisco, where he works in the events industry.
Max’s owners describe it as a “modern eatery” that will “bring back lunch counter style of everyday food” with a “modern refresh and nod to Lancaster’s unique tastes.”
For Max’s, renovations would create extra seating by moving the bar at Aussie and the Fox and making it into more of a counter, Patterson said. He thought the seating could go from 85 to about 100.
In February, the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone board voted to support the project. Through the CRIZ, the company behind Max’s will be refunded a portion of its state and local business taxes to put toward debt service.
(Staff writer Tim Stuhldreher contributed to this report.)