Clovis News

Word on the Street: Restaurant blends Southern, Jamaican flavors

Harlem Wing & Waffle in The Shops at River Park opened recently, combining a Southern favorite with Jamaican flavors.

A typical meal at the restaurant includes chicken with a Jamaican spice rub, 3-inch round Belgian waffles, carrot and celery sticks and dipping sauces. Customers can also get onion rings or waffle fries instead of waffles.

Owner Camalah Kopacz grew up in Jamaica and owned a restaurant there before moving to Fresno. She recently finished the Clovis Institute of Technology's culinary program.

Harlem Wing & Waffle was inspired by the original restaurant of the same name in New York, owned by Kopacz's husband's son-in-law.

The restaurant, which opened Dec. 15, employs 18 people.

It joins other wing and waffle restaurants, including Stuff Waffle in the Tower District and Come and Get It! Chicken & Waffles downtown.

Incubator offices

The Central Valley Business Incubator-Small Business Development Center is expanding, with new satellite offices in Madera and Clovis.

The offices will offer free small-business support services, including counseling, technical assistance and training for people looking to start or expand a business.

The Clovis office is at Fourth Street and Pollasky Avenue, in the same office as the Clovis Community Development Agency.

In Madera, the satellite office shares space with the Madera County Office of Education at Seventh and D streets.

The offices have been open since fall but will celebrate their grand openings early next year.

West-side smiles

The nonprofit Valley Health Team has established a new dental clinic in Kerman to serve people in western Fresno County.

The Kerman Dental Center opened Dec. 20 at 171 S. Madera Ave., offering services including dental exams and checkups, cleanings, fillings and oral surgery. The clinic is staffed by one dentist and two dental assistants.

Services are provided on a sliding-fee scale according to a patient's ability to pay, and the center accepts insurance plans including Medi-Cal, Medicare and Healthy Families.

Details on the clinic's services and hours: (559) 846-9150.

Other Valley Health Team facilities on the Valley's west side include a health clinic and an optometric clinic in Kerman and a health clinic and administrative offices in San Joaquin.