UPDATE: Iron Bird Cafe has addressed some of the concerns raised by Beehive commenters in this statement on its web site. A few headlines: Staff will be re-trained and quicker service with be emphasized. New menu items will be rolled out as well.
The bottom line is that we are listening to you and are committed to being a long-term fixture in downtown Fresno.
What do you think of all this? Steps in the right direction? Too late?
ORIGINAL POST, 6/23: If you had asked me 24 hours ago to name one downtown business that had things going in the right direction, I probably would have said Iron Bird Cafe. Apparently, that’s not the case.
The popular coffee shop announced on Wednesday that it’s scaling back its hours starting next week, closing most days at 2 p.m. It’ll re-open in the evenings on ArtHop nights and for its Wednesday open mic night.
It was just last month that Iron Bird celebrated its one-year anniversary, and called itself “the landmark of the ‘New Downtown.’ ” All indications were that Iron Bird was just that — it was certainly a hub for the downtown creative community.
You can read a little more about the decision in this letter posted at the coffee shop and snapped by downtown dude Andrew Toschi.
Here’s hoping this isn’t the beginning of the end for Iron Bird Cafe, and that things can get things back on track without anybody having to start a “Save Iron Bird” campaign.
Either way, if you’re an Iron Bird fan, probably a good idea to show them some support this week and next.