Five Eyed Fox in Turners Falls closes, owner hopes for a new chapter

  • The Five Eyed Fox, a restaurant and bar at 37 Third St. in downtown Turners Falls, shut its doors last weekend. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Ashley Arthur, owner and chef at the Five Eyed Fox in Turners Falls, is searching for new partners who will be more actively involved in the restaurant. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

Staff Writer
Published: 5/22/2019 5:27:00 PM

MONTAGUE — Standing on the patio of the now-closed Five Eyed Fox, owner and chef Ashley Arthur heard a shout from a senior Turners Falls High School student.

“I love you,” the student said, walking across the street to give Arthur a hug. She asked when the student is going to graduate as the two embraced.

Arthur, a Turners Falls resident and owner of the restaurant and bar, said she cares about the community she’s in and wants new partners who feel the same way.

However, while this search for two new partners is underway and extenuating circumstances caused two staff members to leave, Arthur closed the doors to the restaurant last weekend. They will remain closed until the right partners are found, according to Arthur.

Two of her fellow chefs left due to an illness and an unexpected death, and Arthur said she was unable to serve the volume of clientele the restaurant received. At maximum capacity, the restaurant can serve 75 people including the outdoor patio area.

The business, at 37 3rd St., opened in fall 2014.

Arthur said she has two silent partners who decided to continue on in their careers.

“I decided I would close the restaurant to do some restructuring,” Arthur said. “I want to make it more sustainable, and right now that means finding someone to buy out my partners and be more active here.”

She said the combination of her partners moving on from the business to losing two of eight staff members has made it difficult to run the business by herself. However, she said there is a silver lining.

“It’s wonderful here,” Arthur said. “I need partners that are as passionate as I am.”

Arthur said if she does reopen, her aim is to have a strong opening with the right equipment to run the restaurant efficiently.

Currently, she is renting but is in the process of purchasing the building, which includes the restaurant as well as two residential units.

Ideally, the new partners would have expertise in the business end of the restaurant, Arthur said.

“I hope the closure is temporary,” Arthur said. “But if I don’t find someone who is the right fit, then it’s a sign to move on. I put a lot of love and hope into it, and it’s time to end a chapter.”

Reach Melina Bourdeau at or 413-772-0261 ext. 263.


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