Fox & Hound, Champps Restaurant Files for Bankruptcy

Fox & Hound and Champps restaurants’ owner F&H Acquisition Corp. filed for bankruptcy citing a slump in sales as a result of the U.S. economic downturn.

F&H, based in Wichita, Kansas, operates about 101 sports bars and casual family-dining restaurants in 27 states, employing about 6,000 people, according to the Chapter 11 filing yesterday in Wilmington, Delaware. The company listed debt of $119 million.

“The recession has been a primary factor in the decline in the debtors’ sales, as consumers prioritized the savings of dining at home over eating out,” James Zielke, chief financial officer of F&H, said in a court filing.

F&H plans to try and sell the company, Zielke said. The company had received eight initial indications of interest when it proposed a sale in February, he said. Discussions with the parties, and nine possible new buyers contacted in October, failed to produce a stalking horse bidder, Zielke said. Stalking horse bids set a minimum price for a court-supervised auction.

The case is In re: F&H Acquisition Corp. 13-13220. U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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