Bethany Clough

Eating Out: What’s going into that big new building on Friant? Restaurants.

The newest building in the Park Crossing development, as seen from Friant Road, will be home to several restaurants and a nail salon.
The newest building in the Park Crossing development, as seen from Friant Road, will be home to several restaurants and a nail salon. bclough@fresnobee.comm

The big building under construction on Friant Road in north Fresno Street has readers wondering just what’s going in there.

Well, I have some answers.

The Habit Burger Grill has a sign up on one end of the new building, which is just east of Fresno Street and part of the Park Crossing development. Sportsman’s Warehouse is already open behind the new building

Jersey Mike’s Subs will open a location next to The Habit in the building out front. Jersey Mike’s is a sub shop founded on the Jersey Shore in the 1950s that is opening several restaurants all over Fresno and Clovis. It sells several kinds of subs, including hot ones – and three kinds of cheese steak subs – along with wraps.

It’s far too early to say when Jersey Mike’s will open, the company says. And since the building is still a shell with lots of work going on inside, it’s going to be many months.

Next to them will be a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. This is another small, quick-service place that serves Texas barbecue with free ice cream after every meal.

This will be Dickey’s ninth restaurant from Porterville to Clovis. The owners say it may open in early February, but there’s a lot of work left to be done.

A Venus Nails will open in the building, too.

That leaves one small space left. Developer Harold Zinkin says he’s got a tenant in the works, but nothing is finalized yet.

Of course, there’s still much, much more to come on this nearly 40-acre property. Work is starting on other buildings.

So far, leases have been signed for a 3,000-square-foot Figaro’s Mexican Grill, which has restaurants in Hanford, Tulare and Visalia.

TOFAS Mediterranean Grill has also signed a lease to open a 3,000-square-foot restaurant. This is the same as the restaurant that opened last year at the Clovis Crossing Regional Shopping Center at Herndon and Clovis avenues.

Also coming: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, 250,000 square feet of offices and fewer than 50 apartments.

Good Times Cafe

The Good Times Cafe at Sierra Vista Mall closed Aug. 31. The 1950s-themed burgers and milkshakes restaurant opened in 2012.

The other Good Time Cafe restaurants will remain open, with the Visalia location celebrating 5 years and the Paso Robles restaurant doing “very well,” says owner Al Knauer.

The Clovis restaurant relied upon diners who were coming for a meal and a movie at the nearby theater, he says. But business dropped off when Maya Cinemas opened at The Square at Campus Pointe near Fresno State, he notes.

However, competition from the Fresno movie theater wasn’t enough to scare off Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which opened in recent weeks at Sierra Vista Mall between the main portion of the mall and the theater.

Clovis Craft Beer Crawl

Old Town Clovis’ Craft Beer Crawl in the spring was so successful there will be another one this fall – Sunday, Nov. 1.

About 20 breweries will sampletheir beers from 2-5:30 p.m. that day. Participants get a glass, a map and a wristband and can sample beers at Old Town businesses. Food trucks and live entertainment will be there, too.

Tickets cost $35 ahead of time, $45 at the door, and can be purchased at oldtownclovis.org/craft-beer-crawl.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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