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Wacky-named quesadilla spot is closing its downtown Fresno site. When’s the last day?

Quesadilla Gorilla? You’d be surprised by how they pronounce it

Quesadilla Gorilla restaurant in Visalia, California has a name that rhymes in more ways than one. Owner Miguel Reyes says there's a story behind the silly name.
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Quesadilla Gorilla restaurant in Visalia, California has a name that rhymes in more ways than one. Owner Miguel Reyes says there's a story behind the silly name.

Quesadilla Gorilla was already a popular, if not super tiny, spot in Visalia when it brought its gourmet take on the Mexican comfort food to Fresno, first with a food truck and then with two brick-and-mortar locations.

One of those locations will be closing next month.

The restaurant announced the closure on its Facebook page Sunday.

“Being in Downtown Fresno over the past year and a half has taught us a lot of lessons. One of them being to learn when to let go. After a lot of thought, strategizing, heartache, and prayer it’s with heavy hearts that we are announcing the official closing of our beloved space,” the post reads.

The last day will be Dec. 14. It will continued to operate until then, with new hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting Dec 3.

The other locations (608 E Weldon Ave. in Fresno and 302 W Main St. in Visalia) will continue to operate.

The restaurant was one of three businesses (along with a coffee shop and Filipino restaurant) that opened last year on Warehouse Row in an overlooked section of downtown – on P street just off Tulare Street, near City Hall and the train depot – that seemed poised for revitalization.

Only one of those businesses will remain when Quesadilla Gorilla closes next month.

The coffee shop 8th Notch (originally known as Dale Bros.) closed Nov. 17.

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