Tag: chinatown

2021 Downtown Fresno Construction Update

Would it be Stop and Move if I didn’t post my construction update over a month after taking the photos? Of course not! At least it’s not as bad as my 2020 update.

Anyway, I spent some time downtown and in the Tower District looking for new construction. 2020 was a slow year, obviously due to the pandemic, but development is showing signs of life again, and there a few new housing projects that should pop up quickly this year. If you missed it, I already posted about the new protected bicycle lane and the TOD apartments on Blackstone.

The District

We kick things off in the Tower District, which is downtown enough for me (scandalous I know). New apartments are going up on Van Ness and Alhambra, just a couple of blocks from the Tower Theater. Fresno State archives show this lot has been empty since at least 1977, and probably much longer – that’s crazy! While this is a prime location, and housing will be great to have near the bars and restaurants, they’re unfortunately only doing 18 units. Seems like a missed opportunity really. Oddly, I can’t find a rendering of this project. Click to read more!

Fresno’s best chicken and waffles closing, come and get it while you can

It was with great sadness that I read this week that “Come and Get it, Chicken and Waffles” will be closing at the end of the month.

Besides having some truly delicious Chicken and Waffles, the restaurant was unique in many ways. The owners took a big risk with location, and their attempt to help grow downtown surely had some affect, as they drew customers from all around.

They first located on the Fulton Mall, but then moved on to an even less commercially successful district, Fresno’s own Chinatown.

Not only did they pick an area in need of a lot of help, but they also had very special operating hours, which filled a very important niche.

Their hours are:

Friday: 10:00 pm – 3:00 am (no typo here)
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 pm – 3:00 am

That’s it. While I haven’t done the research, I’d wager it’s the only restaurant in California that doesn’t open until 10pm. And it’s right here in Fresno.

They will only be open for another five weeks, including tonight, so try and make the trip. Do note that everything is made to order, so expect to wait around 20 minutes for your chicken. 

They are located in an area of town you probably have not been to, unless you’ve taken one of the mexican bus lines. Plenty of free street parking. Click to read more!