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Preview: Fox and Goose royal wedding festivities

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Friday, the wedding of the century, between Prince William and Kate Middleton, will be occurring across the pond. If you can’t afford the airfare and are looking to take part in the celebration a little closer to home, you’re in luck. Local family-owned pub the Fox and Goose Pub, located on 10th and R streets, will be staying open late for the occasion.

The royal wedding is scheduled to take place at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. in London, which means it will be happening here on the West Coast at about 3 a.m. With that said, Fox and Goose is currently scheduled to make itself open and available at 2:30 a.m. to serve all interested partygoers.

Fox and Goose will be doing a viewing of the wedding while serving a light breakfast buffet for $12, which will consist of coffee, tea, fresh juice, various pastries and Devonshire Cream. There will also be a non-alcoholic champagne toast (since it is against the law to serve alcohol after 2 a.m.) just after the ceremony finishes to salute the royal couple, said server and manager Andrea Hirschinger, who will be working the event.

“This is the first event of its kind for us here. We’re not normally a late-night venue, but this is a special occasion, and being that we are an English pub, very appropriate,” said General Manager Dino R. Grassini.

Grassini also mentioned the event was the idea of current owner, Allyson Dalton, daughter to the original English co-founders Bill and Denise Dalton. Since Allyson Dalton’s parents and husband are English, Hirschinger noted that all of this is of personal interest to Allyson.

“It’s not just work for her, but a part of her culture,” she said.

Grassini and Hirschinger said they are looking forward to seeing who will be out to show their support during those wee hours of the morning.

This particular event will end at 5 a.m., but Fox and Goose will be reopening at 7 a.m. to continue the party with the cutting of a three-tiered traditional white wedding cake. Complimentary slices will be given out while supplies last.

Throughout the day, a special menu item of Cottage Pie (a lamb variation of Shepard’s Pie) will be served with a smaller portion the pub’s Kensington Garden Salad (named after Kensington Palace where Princess Diana resided), which is a mixture of baby green leaf lettuce and marinated onions with your choice of any of the house-made dressings.

Hirschinger expressed her excitement about the events at Fox and Goose, as well as for the wedding itself.

“I’m excited because this is something new for us, and I’m also looking forward to (seeing) the wedding dress,” Hirschinger said. “Will she have a long train like Princess Diana or will she go for a more modern look?”

No matter what your interest, whether it be the royal wedding itself or just a really late-night place to hang out, those at Fox and Goose said they hope you will come out to help make the event a success.

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