Here’s a recap of a weekend dripping with drama. Tell us about your weekend adventures in the comments.
I took on a last-minute DJ gig at Palomino’s, which wouldn’t have been all that noteworthy except the owner of Red Zone Sports Grill showed up to speak with me during my set. He was calm and apologetic, saying he had never actually heard the now-controversial ad until things erupted last week. Overall, there wasn’t as much tension as you’d expect — except for when his nephew came and told me I should do my “research” because Red Zone has two gay employees. I shut that down like Liz Lemon.
The big news on Saturday was that local businessman Kirk Vartanian (aka the guy who opened The Edge) had been arrested on Friday night. Vartanian (pictured above) even got a special Saturday press conference from Fresno PD to talk about the allegations of assault and felony domestic violence.
The Bee’s Tim Sheehan wrote a pretty thorough story on the arrest. Vartanian reached out to ABC-30 from jail to tell his side of the story, which included this choice quote: “I’m trying to help the City of Fresno. If I am going to keep getting negative things happening to me, I am not going to help Granite Park.”
My in-laws were in town (no drama there), so I spent Sunday morning leading a Fresno tour — showing them around the Tower and Downtown. It’s always fun for me to see outsiders’ perspectives on Fresno. I think they liked it.
And now for the Fresno Firsts files: At the end of our tour we made a stop at Simonian Farms, which was a first for me. Totally rad place, not only with yummy food but all kinds of cool vintage stuff, from bikes and tractors to old signs and posters. And can I just say that the yogurt covered raisins we bought are crack.
What did you do this weekend? Cool events? Discover a new restaurant? Find a smart way to beat the heat? Fill us in.