Longtime Fresno favorite Guadalajara is adding two new restaurants. The first, at the RiverView shopping center at Friant and Fort Washington roads, has been open a few weeks. Another one is scheduled to open at Bullard and Villa avenues, in the former Taco Grande space, on or about Jan. 1.
The family who started the restaurant, including the location on Weber that’s been open for 26 years, is growing. Now that the grandkids of the founders are old enough to work, they can be taught the family business in the new restaurants. But the running joke in the family is that every time matriarch Rosalinda Garcia comes out of retirement — she keeps retiring, but it doesn’t stick — she opens a new restaurant. Now she’s opening two.
The Fort Washington restaurant has a full bar, where I am assured that they serve the “fat man” margarita, which is the equivalent of four margaritas served in one glass with two straws. The restaurant took over once occupied by Chapala Grill, which has closed.
The Bullard Guadalajara location will be more of a quick-service restaurant. When open, Guadalajara will have five restaurants in the area.