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Dusty Buns Bistro graduates from food truck to restaurant


Good news, Fresno eaters. Dusty Buns Bistro — the oft-embattled (and more-oft-delicious) food truck — is settling into a brick-and-mortar location in the Tower District. It opens tonight.

Dusty Buns Bistro is at the corner of Echo and Weldon avenues, across from Fresno High and in the same row of shops as P*DE*Q. It’ll be open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, serving the same fresh, local and seasonal food that draws big lines to its food truck.

This doesn’t mean the bistro bus will stop truckin’. Dusty Buns is still doing the food truck thing — just for the lunch crowd. It’s keeping its usual afternoon stops on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and changing its Thursday night Wishow Row stop to a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. lunch stop.

So basically, you’ll find Dusty Buns out on the streets for lunch Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., then in the restaurant from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. those same days. The entire schedule is here.

The Bee’s Bethany Clough explains why all this is great news for Dusty Buns fans:

The restaurant will allow them to boost business on the truck. Until now, all the food prep for the truck’s four regular stops was done on the truck.

“It just keeps growing,” he said. “We can’t do anymore in this bus.”

Now they’ll have a kitchen with workers preparing food who can restock the truck, allowing it to serve more people. The change also led the couple to hire another employee. They’re considering hiring another person, bringing the total to five, including the Stewarts.

You should go read Bethany’s most recent column for other local restaurant morsels — such as a new Hunan location as well as closures for Harlem Wing & Waffle and Water 2 Wine.

[photo: Dusty Buns’ Facebook page]

Responses to "Dusty Buns Bistro graduates from food truck to restaurant"

Heather P says:

I cannot express how excited I am for the Dusty Buns brick and mortar. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the energy and verve of the “On Wishon” scene, but the wait time and the Thursday night schedule so often didn’t work with my own timeline. I’m usually running to a rehearsal or a play reading on Thursday nights.

Regular evening hours means I can swing by and pick up sandwiches before a rehearsal or before a show and enjoy Dusty Buns whenever I want to treat myself! And, as I work from home in the Tower District, the afternoon On Wishon suits me just fine!

Kiel says:

So proud of the Buns!

There bus stops are a lovely treat and it was wonderful meeting new people and running into friends. However, like Heather said, it can be difficult to catch them. I’m very excited that it’ll be easier to pick-up Dusty Buns!

Eva Falk says:

Ooh, can’t wait. Its very exciting to see a known and loved local business grow. Besides their delicious food, I love that they support local farmers and healthy eating.

I was just there for the Grand Opening and joined many others in line outside waiting for the doors to open to be some of the first customers! It was great . . . so many came out, the place was packed! The staff kept the lines moving and the food (the best! as always) was served up fast! There was live jazz music and Channel 24 had a camera there to cover this first day. The decor was in the same fun colors as the Bus and there were even little papers with bus outlines and crayons on a table near the order line so you could color your own bus. Yay to Dusty Buns and congrats to all their hard work! We can continue to enjoy the bus at all its stops and now we can sit down and enjoy the food in their new restaurant too! Yay for us! Yay for Fresno!

pk says:

Yeah!!! Dusty Buns—wishing you all the best!!!