New music venue and bar in Alpharetta hopes to open by September

The Copper Fox, a music venue and sports bar in Alpharetta, hopes to open in September. It will feature 65 TVs, 20 beer taps and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Copper Fox, a music venue and sports bar in Alpharetta, hopes to open in September. It will feature 65 TVs, 20 beer taps and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

The newest sports bar and concert venue in north Fulton County is getting close to opening its doors.

Mark Ferrara, the director of operations for The Copper Fox, said it doesn’t have an official open date just yet, but he expects the downstairs sports bar to be open in “45 to 50 days” and the upstairs concert venue to be open by the end of September.

“Everyone is really super excited about this,” Ferrara said.

Plans for the Copper Fox were approved by the city of Alpharetta in March and construction started on the project in April. It will be nestled in the city's downtown area at 10 Roswell Street in a pre-existing building. The upstairs area will be home to a 330-seat music venue and downstairs will be a sports bar.

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Ferrara, 42, who was born and raised in New York before moving south to play football at Georgia Southern University, says that the bar will be the “headquarters” for games of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United and University of Georgia, but will also be a home for transplant fans of the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers.

“The bar will have 65 TVs, 20 different tacos, sliders and all the stuff people want at a sports bar,” he said.

The menu will also feature bowls, salads and 15 variations of guacamole. The bar will feature 20 beers on-tap.

Like the menu, the music performances upstairs will be mixed too. Ferrara says he’s already booked tribute and cover bands for Bruno Mars, Led Zeppelin and Sugarland.

“We’ll have it all,” Ferrara said. “From country to classic rock to pop to Motown to jam bands.”

The musical performances will be on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The bar downstairs plans to have hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

In addition to those two nights of live music, Ferrara plans to expand the performances to more days. On Sundays, he hopes to host a brunch at the Copper Fox, which will feature music on acoustic guitar along with bottomless sangrias, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

On Wednesdays, the Copper Fox will host karaoke with the house band.

And on Thursdays, the Copper Fox will ditch cover and tribute bands for original artists who write their own music and play their own songs.HE is

Ferrara also manages the Brooklyn Cantina in Johns Creek and hopes to eventually expand the Copper Fox to additional locations in north Fulton and Forsyth counties.

The Copper Fox is owned by Ben Lee, who also owns the Brooklyn Cantina. In the plans submitted to the city of Alpharetta in March, the Copper Fox was pitched as a “sports restaurant” and “live music venue” that will appeal to folks between the ages of 40 and 60 years old.

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