Apparently Fresno has gotten its fill of Las Vegas-styled nightlife, as Kirk Vartanian announced yesterday that The Edge space would be re-opening — but not as a nightclub, as a high-end French restaurant.
Here are some details from today’s story by George Hostetter of The Bee:
Vartanian said the restaurant will be called Le RÃªve — The Dream, in French — and will be owned and operated by Marty Krikorian, his nephew.
“I’m too busy,” Vartanian said. “I don’t have time to run a nightclub.”
Le RÃªve should open in 45 to 90 days, depending on when it receives a state liquor license, Vartanian said.
Vartanian emphasized that Le RÃªve, while it will have entertainment, is not a nightclub. He said the restaurant will be suitable for children as well as adults — “Anyone who wants a high-end meal.”
But back to The Edge: As much as we poked fun at the idea of Las Vegas glitz, it will be unfortunate to lose that space as an entertainment venue. It had the size and specs to be an awesome live music venue. It just lacked the vision and leadership.
Now, I suppose we’ll see if Kirk & Co. can cook up some high-end French food, and if people who want a high-end French meal will go to Granite Park for it.
On the bright side, at least The Edge didn’t get turned into a church.