MANTRA in River Park is a new locally owned store selling “athleisure” clothing like leggings, sports bras, crop tops. The store hosts free 9 a.m. yoga classes and with host a HIGH Fitness class during the store’s grand opening.
Namikaze has been open for three weeks at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue in Fresno, CA. The Japanese restaurant has its official grand-opening July 20, 2018 with all-day happy hour specials on drinks and appetizers.
Pink champagne cake, a popular dessert at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, is the right color again after a seven month-long pink chocolate shortage. Guittard Chocolate Co. was experimenting with its recipe.
Butterfish California Poke has opened third location, this one in a new building at Herndon and Palm avenues. The poke trend is growing in Fresno and Clovis, with restaurants like Pokiland, Central Fish and others upping their poke bowl game.
Taco Truck Throwdown 8 happens July 19-20 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, CA. The annual event features a Fresno Grizzlies baseball game, music from Ramón Ayala and DJ Quik, lucha wrestling and the World Taco Eating Championship.
Costco is removing the Polish dog from the food court menu at all of its stores. The news was met with massive social media ire when it broke. Several businesses are now filling the void, including Sam’s Club and Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew in Fresno, CA.
Tabachines Cocina has opened in northwest Fresno, CA. The Mexican restaurant pays homage to the way the founder’s mother cooked in Guadalajara. The restaurant has a full bar that serves wine, cocktails, beer and aguas frescas.
National Ice Cream Day and National Fry Day mean free food at restaurants in the Fresno, CA area. Participants include Farmer Boys, Wayback Burgers, McDonalds, Yogurtland, Baskin-Robbins and Ampersand. Freak shakes will also debut.
The national culinary news site Eater released its essential guide to California food. It includes a history of the Fresno chilli, which was created in Clovis, CA, and a breakdown of Central Valley tacos with organizers of the annual Taco Truck Throwdown.
Pelican’s SnoBalls has opened in the former Crazy Horse Hand Car Wash on Clovis Avenue. The business serves New Orleans-style shaved ice, which is a little different than Hawaiian shaved ice. The New Orleans style comes in 100 flavors.
Goldstein’s Mortuary & Delicatessen opened in Fresno, CA, in 2015 as the city's strangest craft beer bar. It has become one of the most popular. The Tower District hot-spot celebrates its anniversary July 14, 2018, with a circus-themed party.
Rosa Brothers Milk Company, the creamery based in Tulare, CA that sells milk in glass containers, has added a horchata-flavored milk to its lineup. Along with traditional whole, skim and chocolate milk, the company also sells milks in flavors like root beer, strawberry, orange cream and banana.
Three new-to-Fresno, CA, restaurant chains plan to open locations, at The Square at Campus Pointe and Villaggio. They include BonChon with its Korean fried chicken, Ike's Love & Sandwiches with its giant Kryptonite sandwiches and Mr. Pickle's, with bread from Boudin Bakery in San Francisco, the same one that makes sourdough at Fisherman's Wharf.
Voting is open for the the Fresno Food Expo's Consumer Choice Award and New Product Award. The public gets a chance to pick their favorite starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 7 and running through 11 p.m., Sunday, July 22. Bethany Clough lists the candidates and tells where to find them in stores.