Remember the big empty space at Bullard and West avenues where Bentley’s Steaks Seafood and Ribs used to be? It’s not empty anymore. The High Sierra Grill House opened last week serving hamburgers, sandwiches, tri-tip and salads.
The restaurant is owned by the same people who own the four busy Yosemite Falls Cafe locations in Fresno and Clovis. They saw the space up for rent on the prominent corner and jumped at it, saying the area needs an affordable option.
High Sierra Grill has some some similarities to Yosemite Falls, namely the Sierra-inspired decor (though High Sierra is a bit more classy. There’s no silly stuffed bear animals here). But the menu is much smaller. And dining here is different. The restaurant offers quick service — where you order at a counter and they call out your number when the meal is ready — and sit-down dining for people who’d rather deal with a waiter or waitress. The quick service is popular for workday lunches, and modeled after the Dog House Grill. Below the jump you can see a video of Manny Perales, one of the owners, explaining the two dining options.