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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.