Bethany Clough

‘Chicken battle’ headed to Fulton Street downtown as two restaurants plan openings

A restaurant called Chicken King is headed for Fulton Street – and it’s not the only fried chicken joint headed to the newly reopened street.
A restaurant called Chicken King is headed for Fulton Street – and it’s not the only fried chicken joint headed to the newly reopened street. bclough@fresnobee.com

A restaurant called Chicken King is headed for Fulton Street – and it’s not the only fried chicken joint headed to the newly reopened street.

A sign on the papered-over windows says Chicken King is “coming soon” to 1234 Fulton Street, between Fresno and Merced streets. It’s a few doors down from Take 3 Burgers.

The sign dubs the restaurant “The King of Chicken” and promises Southern-style fried chicken, fried fish, barbecue ribs, smoked tri-tip and more.

The news comes amid the high-profile closure of the Fulton Street location of Casa de Tamales, a longtime downtown supporter. Another longtime restaurant on Fulton, Parsley Garden Cafe, may also close at the end of the month.

Chicken King will also bring some competition to the street as Chicken Shack plans to open a restaurant at 1108 Fulton St. in the former Payless Shoesource. Chicken Shack is scheduled to open this summer and will be a second location for the Hanford restaurant.

A picture of Chicken King’s sign was posted on the For the Love of Downtown Facebook group. Group members welcome the restaurant and what they called a “chicken battle.”

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Much of the city is watching to see what happens on Fulton Street now that it is open to cars. Other restaurants headed to Fulton include Toshiko Japanese Cuisine, Tutis Fruties selling ice cream and aguas frescas, Quail State bar and restaurant and Little Bean Cafe. Fulton Street Coffee is already open – though still getting off the ground – at the Raizana Tea space at Fulton and Tuolumne streets.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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