The newly opened Hermosa California Kitchen brings something different to Fresno’s bar and restaurant scene. The restaurant — which goes by HCK for short — opened last month at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue, in the former Aqua Shi spot.
What do you notice when you walk in? Loud music, red and purple lights, waitresses in black tank tops and denim shorts, a stage for a DJ (yes, at dinner) and live music, and the most amazing set of Dia de los Muertos-themed murals by J. Esparza of Resistance Gallery.
The restaurant had a decidedly young crowd when I dined there at 8 p.m. Saturday, but the owners say the restaurant isn’t targeting any one age group.
As for the food, it’s a mix of American and Mexican fare, with fajitas, burritos, burgers and salads. Most entrees are under $13. HCK opens for dinner at 4 p.m. on weekdays, with its kitchen open til 12:30 a.m. for your late-night munchies (seriously, $2 bottomless chips and salsa, in addition to the rest of the menu). It opens at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast (which runs through 2 p.m.). And they have bottomless mimosas when you buy an entree at breakfast.
The owners include the current owner of Salsa’s Cantina in Clovis; Lewis Everk, an event promoter who has worked in restaurant management and marketing over the years; along with builder Tommy Phelen.