Downtown restaurant Tree of Life, an advocate for downtown revitalization, is moving to north Fresno. Owner Carolyn Ocheltree said customers are looking for nighttime streets that are ‘safe, well-lit, people-filled’ so the business can be open for dinner. The farm-to-table restaurant employs people who have completed drug and alcohol counseling.
Saturday is National Coffee Day and that means local coffee businesses and chains will offer free and discounted coffee, including doughnut-flavored coffee. Krispy Kreme, Cinnabon, 7-Eleven and others participate.
The corner of Fulton and Mariposa streets in downtown Fresno keeps adding new restaurants. Toshiko Japanese Cuisine just opened and La Boulangerie de France is bringing a small cafe to the Pacific Southwest Building. Restaurants also include The Chicken Shack, Donut Downtown and La Cocina de Mama.
Big Lots is is taking over the empty Toys R Us store in Fresno and the empty Rite Aid and Tuesday Morning stores in Clovis, all of them on Shaw Avenue. Big Lots is converting to its “store of the future” concept nationwide, which includes bigger stores and more furniture.
Five new stores have opened recently in Fresno: Pop Stop Collectibles, Turner’s Outdoorsman, Forever Vintage, H&M, Big Sexy Boutique, along with news about Tagua, Ooh La La and Palm-Olive Vintage & Antiques.
A fire broke out in the kitchen of the popular Five Restaurant in Fresno, CA Sunday afternoon. The restaurant is closed for near-future as owners make repairs. Most of the damage was in the kitchen and attic.
El Basha Mediterranean Restaurant has a new owner and a new Armenian chef. The longtime cafe and hookah lounge is now two separate businesses with Mediterranean food served in one and the other a hookah bar.
New restaurants open in downtown Fresno, CA, including Ohana Pantry, Nevera Juice Bar, Chicken King, Mezcal/On a Roll Sushi, USBean Brew Station coffee inside Bitwise. Fried chicken, acai bowls and more on menus.
The plastic straw debate and the #stopsucking campaign have reached Fresno. Restaurants are trying to use compostable or biodegradable straws or other environmentally friendly take-out containers, cups and lids.
Fat Boys Taqueria and Sports Bar can’t serve alcohol for 30 days after the ABC said the business had numerous violations of its liquor license, including selling alcohol after 2 a.m. and noise complaints.