There’s so many new restaurants opening lately, but sadly, there’s been a mini spate of closures lately too. Here’s the rundown.

California Wok on West Shaw Avenue by the movie theater has closed. The booths and tables are gone and the granite counter tops were in a pile on the floor last time I was out there. I was hoping to have more news about it to share, but haven’t been able to reach the owner. Word that the restaurant was going to move to the corner of Shaw and West avenues was circulating, but the landlord for the space in question said the California Wok folks toured the place, but never made a proposal. I’ll keep you updated if there is more news.

Big D’s Tri-tip downtown closed after about a year in business. This was the place in the funky brick building with the little entrance that turned into a much bigger restaurant at 1950 E. Divisadero St., near the hospital. It got great reviews on Yelp, but it’s closed now.

Remember the closing of Tailspin Tommy’s at Chandler Airport that I told you about last month? At the time, the owners were finalizing a deal with an owner/operator to take it over. But that didn’t happen. Here’s why: Because the restaurant is on public property, anyone wanting to lease it has to go through a formal bidding process with the city. That will start in a month or two. The city is in the process of replacing some ketchup-stained carpet and tiles before it even gives tours of the place.

It’s interesting to note that the previous owner had free rent, says interim airport public information officer. That’s likely because several restaurants have come and gone in that space and it’s a little out of the way (despite being in a super cool, throwback to the 1930s and 40s building). That doesn’t mean a new renter will have free rent though. That all depends upon what’s in the proposals.

Bethany Clough

Bethany Clough

Bethany Clough has the most fun job at the Bee. She writes about restaurants, shopping and has the low-down on local businesses. In case you're wondering, her last name is pronounced "Cluff."
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7 thoughts on “Closures hit Fresno restaurants

  • March 30, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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    Regarding California Wok, which happens to be my favorite Chinese food place in town, I heard secondhand that the owner was looking to move when the UA theater moved at some point? It was something to do with the old Super K-Mart at Shaw/Brawley, but of course that’s all secondhand talk.

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    • March 31, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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      There’s plans for the super k mart building? This area of town was growing for a bit but seems to be regressing now.

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      • March 31, 2015 at 6:54 pm
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        Walmart has owned the old super-k lot since dan gamel closed

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      • March 31, 2015 at 11:43 pm
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        The old K-Mart building at Shaw & Brawley is owned by Wal-Mart. I believe tax records show the purchase price of 7 million.

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  • March 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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    Regarding the closure of various food venues? The most heart breaking one was when the Silver Dollar closed down. There are way too many good ones closing!

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  • March 31, 2015 at 3:54 pm
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    So sad to hear California Wok has closed, that was our favorite! Would eat there once a week..Hopefully they will find another location

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  • March 31, 2015 at 9:26 pm
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    What!? One of our favorite places and it is always full of people.

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