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North Fresno chain restaurant is closing, as lease negotiations break down

The Daily Grill, a popular northwest Fresno restaurant, is closing because it cannot agree to lease terms with the property owner.
The Daily Grill, a popular northwest Fresno restaurant, is closing because it cannot agree to lease terms with the property owner.

Another chain restaurant in Fresno is planning to close: The Daily Grill.

The company that owns the restaurant, at Palm and Nees avenues, could not come to an agreement with the landlord on a new lease, confirmed CEO John Sola.

The Daily Grill has served American food at lunch, dinner, and weekend brunches for 10 years. The restaurant’s last day will be Oct. 22.

“Our lease is up and we weren’t able to come to an agreement on continuing, so we’re going to have to depart,” Sola said.

He said the disagreement was over how much rent the restaurant would pay, but Cliff Tutelian, the developer of the Park Place shopping center, said that wasn’t the case.

“We’re sorry the Daily Grill couldn’t do better in this market,” Tutelian said, declining to go into details about the lease. “The subject of the rent wasn’t a part of our discussions. The rent was appropriate.”

Daily Grill has about a dozen other locations, about half of them in California.

The closure puts 35 to 40 employees out of work.

This story has been updated.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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