Bethany Clough

Casa de Tamales shuts down its Fulton Street restaurant

Casa de Tamales has closed its Fulton Street restaurant.

The restaurant, at 938 Fulton St., shared the news on its Facebook page Friday morning.

The message by the owners said, in part: “We’re proud of downtown Fulton’s redevelopment. Unfortunately, its fruition isn’t coming along soon enough for us, and is preventing our expansion in other areas. By stepping back from our Fulton store, we’ll be able to regroup and focus more on adding to our Tower District location and resuming our retail project which we’re still planning on locating downtown.”

The full message is here.

Casa de Tamales still has its Tower District location at 609 E. Olive Ave. It also has mobile operations that sell tamales at Enzo’s Table in Clovis and CartHop on Fulton Street weekly. The retail project mentioned in the statement is a 4,500-square-foot manufacturing plant on H Street downtown that the owners want to open.

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The Fulton Street Casa de Tamales attracted crowds during the street’s official opening in October. But now the owners are closing the restaurant. Their Tower District location will remain open. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA Fresno Bee file

Liz Sanchez, the owner of Casa de Tamales, along with husband Jose Aguilar, have long supported downtown Fresno’s revitalization efforts.

They opened the downtown restaurant two years ago before construction started to turn the pedestrian mall into a street that’s open to vehicles.

They marketed heavily during the construction, but “temporarily paused” the restaurant when construction lasted several months longer than expected.

The restaurant’s full statement:

Sad News

Sometimes, we have to take a step back in order to move forward.

For CASA de TAMALES, that step will be the closing of our Fulton Street location, effective today.

We’re proud of Downtown Fulton’s redevelopment. Unfortunately, its fruition isn’t coming along soon enough for us, and is preventing our expansion in other areas. By stepping back from our Fulton store, we’ll be able to regroup and focus more on adding to our Tower District location and resuming our retail project which we’re still planning on locating Downtown.

Our dedication and participation in Downtown Fresno will continue through mobile venues and special events. CASA de TAMALES will be available for other Fulton ArtHop stops and look forward to other partnership/collaboration opportunities. Also, we’ll be working to increase our Downtown catering & delivery. Hopefully, we’ll find other indoor alternatives, perhaps like a kiosk, where we can provide a sit-down environment. We’re open to the many other opportunities available Downtown.

We’d like to thank all of our Downtown/Fulton customers for supporting our brick & mortar. We’re especially grateful to Rick Roush and his T.W. Patterson building for helping us realize our Fulton dream. Thanks, Rick! Thanks to The Downtown Partnership. We look forward to continue partnering with them in the future.

This isn’t goodbye to Downtown. Our presence will remain and we’ll continue to contribute to its growth.

I love Downtown Fresno!

Sincerely,

Liz Sanchez

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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