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Who’s coming, who’s going: News about restaurants, clothing stores and more

yenchingLots of openings and a couple of closings to update you on today.

Tsu Tsu Boutique, the women’s clothing resale shop in the Tower District has closed after the owner announced she is expecting twins. But the newly opened Tsu Tsu Boutique location in Old Town Clovis will remain open, offering the same name brand discounts on clothing, shoes and Juicy Couture purses.

Have you noticed the construction on Shaw Avenue in front of Fashion Fair? It’s going to be a Sleep Train mattress store. Not quite as exciting as the much-beloved Yen Ching restaurant that used to be there, but it’s better than an empty lot, right? It will open Aug. 27.

The newly built Chili’s at 3585 W. Shaw Ave. (near Brawley) opened Monday. Eons ago that site was home to Bakers Square restaurant before it closed and was torn down.

Visalia is home to the second Wet Seal + store in the nation carrying all plus sizes. The store, at 4021 S. Mooney Blvd., is in the Packwood Creek shopping center and carries sizes 14 to 24 and 1X through 3X. The other Wet Seal carrying regular sizes in Visalia Mall is still open. Wet Seal opened its first Wet Seal + store in Clovis last fall.

Clothing store Coldwater Creek has filed for bankruptcy and is closing all its stores, including the one in Fig Garden Village. The liquidation sale is happening now — and has been for what seems like weeks. No word yet on when exactly the store will close.

2012 restaurant recap: Who left us, who said hello

It’s that time of year where every journalist compiles a year-in-review post because it’s quick and easy and all their sources are still off enjoying Christmas vacation.

But it’s also an excuse to look back at the restaurant scene in 2012. We gained some great restaurants, and lost some really good ones too. Here’s some highlights of who I’ve written about over the last year, but I’m sure there’s more worth noting. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section.

We said good-bye to:

  • QN4U in Clovis closed after its spicy owner Brent Walton died of a heart attack. His widow Kim still runs the catering business of the same name, but the world lost a creative character when Brent left us.
  • Grand Palace Chinese restaurant closed about a year after it opened, much to the dismay of its fans. But fear not, the restaurant is scheduled to reopen in early 2013 at the former Carrows Restaurant at 1484 E. Shaw Ave. It will have a new name: New City Chinese Restaurant.
  • Water 2 Wine closed after moving into that gorgeous building at 522 Pollasky Ave. Here’s hoping someone will take over that place and its beautiful patio soon.
  • The Victoria Rose Restaurant in Old Town Clovis closed this month. Owner Nathan Lewis-Copeland tried his best to bring us organic, local fare, along with his espresso bar and tea, but sadly, it just didn’t pan out.

We said hello to:

  • Dusty Buns Bistro opened its brick-and-mortar location in April at the corner of Weldon and Echo avenues, drawing its food truck fans like flies to local, organic honey.

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