The first restaurant at The Square at Campus Pointe at Fresno State opened Monday, June 22. Beach Hut Deli, a surf-themed sandwich shop with a bar, will be followed by several other restaurants opening this summer at the new development just off Highway 168.
Beach Hut Deli is a northern California-based franchise that is opening its first location in the Valley. It’s different than other sub shops in town: Tables are in the shape of surfboards. Reggae music gives it a beachy vibe. Sandwiches are served on Frisbees.
The No. 1 selling sandwich here is the Surfin’ Bird, a turkey, avocado, bacon and cream cheese sandwich, says Sammy Franco, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Rachel.
“Every sandwich has the ABCs: Avocado, bacon and cream cheese,” he says. “We use a lot of cream cheese.”
Signature gourmet sandwiches start at around $8 for a small and go up from there, with one hot, melted sandwich with roast beef and bacon topping out at $16.95.
But, says Franco, the sandwiches are packed full and much wider than competitors.
“The sizes on the menu say small, medium and large,” he says. “They should say big, bigger, huge.”
The restaurant also has salads, including in the shape of a palm tree with a trunk made of bacon, a burger, hot dogs and a breakfast sandwich called a “wakie bakie.”
Though most Beach Hut Delis offer beer and wine, the Fresno location is unusual in that it has a full bar. The bar with a straw thatched roof serves mixed drinks, including a Bloody Mary topped with shrimp, green olives, a slice of bacon, pickles and a stalk of celery.
“It’s an appetizer on top of your drink,” Franco says.
Beach Hut will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight daily. Despite the bar, Franco says the restaurant will remain family friendly.
He describes the restaurant’s laid-back vibe this way: “When you’re working seven to 14 days straight and you get a chance to get away to the coast and have a cocktail — that’s what it’s like.”
Although Maya Cinemas is up and running at Campus Pointe, visitors will have to wait several weeks for the next restaurants to open. Next up will be either Mad Duck’s second and much-bigger location with a brewery or Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Cold Stone Creamery.
You can see how work is coming along in a video at www.fresnobee.com/living.
Wilbur & Persephone
Here’s one more thing for them to look forward to: A wood-fired Neapolitan pizza place next to Kuppa Joy.
Named Wilbur & Persephone, the business is a long way off, at least six to eight months.
Behind the creatively named place are married couple Melanie Davis Unguez, who founded Twee Boutique, and Mike Unguez, co-founder of the bike-themed craft beer bar Spokeasy on Van Ness Avenue in the Tower District.
Follow their progress on Wilbur & Persephone’s Facebook page or Instagram.
A couple of readers have asked me “What’s up with Cuvée?”
The Tower District’s Cuvée Spirit & Wine Parlor invited customers to a “closing party” June 13 and the “last night of Cuvée” on Instagram, and its business phone number is disconnected.
Event manager David Rasavong says Cuvée, which opened in 2013, is closed — for now.
“We’re just revamping it,” he says.
Other than fixing a leak, they’re not sure yet what changes will be made, but it will have wine, beer and cocktails, he said.
The business is focusing on its catering side, which provides bar service for weddings and corporate events. He doesn’t know when it will reopen, saying “at some point down the road. We don’t have an immediate time line for it. We’re just focusing on the catering.”
Jersey Mike’s Subs
A couple weeks ago I told you about Jersey Mike’s Subs debut in at 195 W. Shaw Ave. in Clovis. The Jersey Shore-born business was also planning an eventual location at The Marketplace at El Paseo at Herndon Avenue near Highway 99.
Now the company has released future spots where it plans to open Jersey Mike’s: The northwest corner of Ashlan and Fowler avenues in Clovis; the corner of Bullard and Blackstone avenues; and Park Crossing, the new shopping center under construction at Friant Road and Fresno Street.
The Wienerschnitzel at West and Shaw avenues is closing, according to the real estate company that handles leases for the shopping center.
5The number of Wienerschnitzels Fresno/Clovis will have after this closure.
The center already has a new tenant lined up, but won’t say who just yet. We’ll just have to let our imaginations run wild with what type of business would take over the distinctively shaped building with a drive-thru.