- Dutch Bros. Coffee expands in Fresno
- Guri’s GrubHouse revamps menu
- Frozen Yogurt Castle opens in southeast Fresno
- Blast 825 Pizza opens Fresno location
- Papa John’s adding more Fresno pizza spots
- Clovis Denny’s remodels, offers special
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Dutch Bros. Coffee is converting an old burger shack at McKinley and Blackstone avenues to one of its drive-thru coffee spots. It’s right next to the newly remodeled Taco Bell.
The little building was recently a Frosty King, and Dutch Bros. franchisee Brent Wilson says he was told it was originally a Hot n’ Now in 1992 (though that was mostly in the pre-Internet era, so it’s hard to confirm).
The building now looks majorly different and has a walk-up window and a drive-thru. Like the other two locations in town, it will sell all kinds of coffee, energy drinks, muffin tops and a few other quick eats.
One interesting tidbit: Dutch Bros. is pronounced “bros,” not “brothers, ” says Wilson.
The new location is scheduled to open in mid-January — any day now. Keep tabs on its Facebook page for an exact opening date.
The owner of Guri’s GrubHouse at 1713 E. Shaw Ave. has a new mantra: “New year, new chef, new menu.”
Lots of changes have already happened at the fledgling farm-to-fork restaurant in the former Fajita Fiesta location. Its first chef, Andy Hatcher, has been hired by The Lime Lite Restaurant (and you can expect to be reading about some changes at that restaurant in this column in the weeks to come). But Guri’s has promoted its sous chef, Megan Beck, who is also a Valley native with lots of restaurant experience under her belt.
When Guri’s opened, it was really something different for Fresno. Maybe a little too different, a little too “progressive,” owner Michael Jew says. So they’re tinkering with the menu to make it more Fresno friendly.
What does that mean? More classic pub fare. More burgers, steak, pasta, pizza, sandwiches and vegetarian dishes.
The restaurant is keeping its locally sourced ingredients and is still making many of them from scratch. The Reuben sandwich, for example, is made from brisket that’s brined for two weeks, smoked with cherry wood from one of the owner’s farms, topped with housemade sauerkraut and served on Max’s marbled rye.
The restaurant is also keeping its wide selection of craft beer.
Details: (559) 225-2902, or GurisGrubHouse on Facebook.
Frozen Yogurt Castle
Southeast Fresno finally has a frozen yogurt place. Frozen Yogurt Castle opened last month at 6127 E. Kings Canyon Road, near Fowler Avenue in the same shopping center as GB3.
Like any froyo place, it rotates flavors and has lots of toppings. One thing that’s different: You can get a frozen yogurt “shake.” Pick your froyo flavor and your toppings and the employees will blend it in a special machine that allows you to drink it like a shake.
The business is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Details: (559) 305-5494 or on Facebook.
Blast 825 Pizza
Homegrown franchise Blast 825 Pizza has opened its newest location, this one in the food court at Fashion Fair mall.
The made-to-order individual quick-service pizza place is by the same folks who own Me-N-Ed’s. It has another location at Sierra Vista Mall and four more outside the area.
Get ready for an influx of Papa John’s pizza places. The newest one just opened at 3842 West Shaw Ave. near Brawley Ave.
“There could be as many as eight to 10 within the Fresno area,” says Richard Groberg, vice president and CFO of Dixie Foods International, the Las Vegas-based franchisee.
The company is currently wheeling and dealing to pin down locations, so there’s not many specific locations to share yet. But the next one will be at 75 Hanford-Armona Road in Lemoore.
Papa John’s does a lot of delivery, taking orders online and from mobile devices, Groberg says.
The Clovis Denny’s at 710 W. Shaw Ave. has been remodeled, including with a Clovis-inspired mural.
The restaurant will have a “Grand Slam celebration,” which appears to be Denny’s version of a grand opening, beginning Thursday, Jan. 8. The first 100 diners through the door will get a free Grand Slam (two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, two bacon strips and two sausage links) and the first 25 guests at noon and 6 p.m. will get free food, too.