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Sacramento’s Fox & Goose changing hands after 40 years

Then-mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson, right, dines at the Fox & Goose with friends and family after voting in the June election in 2008. The restaurant has been sold to Jessa Berkey and her business partner, Peter Monson.
Then-mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson, right, dines at the Fox & Goose with friends and family after voting in the June election in 2008. The restaurant has been sold to Jessa Berkey and her business partner, Peter Monson. Sacramento Bee file

Sacramento’s version of the English pub, Fox & Goose Public House, has been sold after more than four decades of ownership by the Dalton family.

The venerable establishment at 1001 R St. was founded in 1975 by Bill and Denise Dalton. Their daughter, Allyson, purchased the business in 1995.

Now, two Fox & Goose employees, Jessa Berkey and her business partner, Peter Monson, are purchasing the restaurant. Berkey said she expects the sale to be finalized by August.

The Fox & Goose, which celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party attended by dignitaries Thursday night, was a much-frequented establishment long before the R Street corridor became such a happening place for bar and restaurant patrons.

With open-mike nights, a cozy bar area, frequent musical groups and hearty British pub food such as bangers and Welsh rarebit, the Fox & Goose has thrived while countless other Sacramento restaurants have fallen out of favor and shut their doors.

The original Fox & Goose has been in operation for more than 200 years in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in northern England, the hometown of Bill Dalton. The Sacramento edition is in a former Fuller Paint and Glass Co. brick building, constructed in 1913.

On Thursday, Fox & Goose celebrated 40 years in business with attendees who included Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, City Councilman Steve Hansen, and Darrell Steinberg, former California Senate president pro tem.

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