Bethany Clough

At least two dozen new restaurants are expected to open in the Fresno area in 2019

‘Indian food and pizza all in one, there you go!’

The Curry Pizza Company brings ethnic flavors of India and puts in on a pizza. With seven different sauces, the family owned business believes it has a pizza for every taste.
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The Curry Pizza Company brings ethnic flavors of India and puts in on a pizza. With seven different sauces, the family owned business believes it has a pizza for every taste.

Korean fried chicken. Honeycomb ice cream. Butter chicken pizza.

These foods and more will be available at more than two dozen new restaurants, candy shops and breweries expected to open in the Fresno area in 2019.

They range from chains opening their first locations in Fresno to locally owned farm-to-table restaurants. Expect a flurry of new breweries to open, along with new businesses in the outdoor portion of Sierra Vista Mall. There will be new cuisines and there’s a chance an existing restaurant will open another location closer to your home.

Of course, all these new restaurants are opening in place of (sometimes literally) the approximately two dozen restaurants and stores that closed in 2018. See that story for more details.

But as for 2019, here’s what is expected to open in the Fresno area:

411 Broadway Ales & Spirits hopes to open in early 2019. The brewer and distiller is named after its address (the former Fresno Radiator at 411 Broadway St.) and specializes in sour beers and spirits like gin and whiskey.

Ampersand Ice Cream is planning its second location, this one in the same shopping center as Starbucks at Herndon and Marks avenues. It could open as early as the first week of January.

Black Bear Diner will finally open its first restaurant in Fresno. It’s taking over the former Marie Callender’s on West Shaw Avenue and is expected to open in February or March, according to the owner.

BonChon specializes in Korean fried chicken. There’s a small chance the chain restaurant could open its new restaurant at Campus Pointe near Fresno State this year. If not, it will open in 2019.

Chicago’s Pizza With-A-Twist has two franchised locations in Fresno and another opening soon at 497 N. Clovis Ave. near Herndon Avenue in Clovis. The pizza place serves both American-style pizza and pizza inspired by Indian flavors.

Chocolate Wishes And Treats is a bakery and candy store opening at Sierra Vista Mall near the theaters. There’s a chance it could open in late 2018 and if not, in early 2019.

Cowboy Chicken Wood Fire Rotisserie is opening a restaurant selling all kinds of chicken in Fig Garden Village.

Culichi Town is getting close to opening, perhaps in January or February. It’s a Mexican sushi and seafood place in the former Tahoe Joe’s on West Shaw Ave.

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Ampersand Ice Cream owners Jeff and Amelia Bennett in their new ice cream shop in Fresno, California on May 28, 2015. The store just opened on Memorial Day and sold out of ice cream on their first day. SILVIA FLORES

The Curry Pizza Company, the popular locally owned pizza place on West Shaw Avenue serving American and Indian-style pizzas, plans to open its new location in January or February. It will be a bigger restaurant with more craft beer and seating at the northwest corner of Willow and Nees avenues near the Wassabi on Fire restaurant.

Full Circle Brewing Co. plans to take over the former Audie’s Olympic Tavern and Club Fred in the Tower District. It will be a tap room and night club.

Heirloom is a restaurant in the works by the owners of Butterfish at Park Crossing at Friant Road and Fresno Street.

India’s Oven has remodeled the empty restaurant at Fulton Street and Olive Avenue, including the tiny bathrooms, and has plans to open early next year. It’s a second location for the restaurant.

India’s Oven has remodeled the former Million Elephant space at 1153 N Fulton St. and plans to open its second restaurant in early 2019. John Walker The Fresno Bee

La Boulangerie will open a mini second location downtown with outdoor seating at the Pacific Southwest Building on Fulton and Mariposa streets.

Libelula is a restaurant in the works by chef Ian Cookson from The Vineyard Restaurant & Bar in Madera. The farm-to-table restaurant is scheduled to open this year at 1154 Broadway Plaza near The Crest Theatre.

The Local is a restaurant in the works in Old Town Clovis, in the former REV’S space. It will feature charcuterie boards, fancy waffles and brunch.

MachineHead Brewing Co. is finishing its new building near Herndon Avenue and Highway 168.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in River Park will reopen selling goodies like this chocolate-dipped strawberry. John Walker The Fresno Bee

Mad Duck expects to open its third restaurant now under construction at Herndon and Marks avenues. It will also brew beer on site.

The Marketplace at Manchester Center is expected to be finished in 2019. The former Gottschalks space is being remodeled and will be home to several restaurants, including Green’s Family Grill, Grids & Grounds, Med Wraps Café, Pineapple Kitchen, Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew, The Smokin’ Burrito, Southern Twist, Tomo’s Japanese and Yummyz Street Treats.

Nami Japanese Cuisine is a teppanyaki and sushi place with a full bar that will open in Park Crossing, the shopping center at Friant Road and Fresno Street. It may open in late December. If not, it will open in early January, the owner said.

Osho Brewing Company is planning an early 2019 opening at 1542 N. Clovis Ave., near between Barstow and Shaw avenues.

River Park’s two new restaurants slated to take over the former World Sports Cafe could open in 2019. One will be locally owned Asian hot pot restaurant JPot. The other is still unnamed.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is close to reopening in a new space at River Park. If it doesn’t open in December, it will be shortly after.

Sakura Chaya Tokyo Cuisine, a Japanese restaurant, is planning another location, this one at Sierra Vista Mall.

The Tacos Tijuana owners are in the process of remodeling the former Golden Horse Chinese Restaurant at 4313 N Blackstone Ave. The owners of the Reedley location are planning a version of the restaurant that specializes in seafood and may have a different name.

Teazer World Tea Market, a tea shop and tea cafe with three other locations in Fresno, plans to open in the outdoor portion of Sierra Vista Mall location.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is still coming. It was supposed to be here early this year, but appears to have hit a snag. A representative from the restaurant and bar with scantily clad servers said it will be open in 2019, but did not have a date. It’s taking over the former Sutter Street Bar and Grill attached to the Ramada hotel on Shaw Avenue.

Valparaiso Cafe & Roastery, which closed its location inside Bitwise Industries on Van Ness Avenue late last year, plans to reopen in the former 8th Notch Coffee & Gifts space at 744 P St.

Wayback Burgers is scheduled to open in The Marketplace at El Paseo. Construction has just started on the second phase of the shopping center near Higway 99 and Herndon Avenue. The developer hopes it will open in late 2019, though it may open in 2020.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough
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