Chicken Shack is opening its second Central Valley location in Fresno’s downtown.
The shack’s owner, Damon Miller, has been looking for a second location and said he was attracted to Fresno’s rejuvenation of Fulton Street.
Miller said there were some setbacks with getting plans finalized with the city of Fresno. He said he hopes they will be able to open in June or July of this year. He said a great help to getting through the process was Craig Scharton, the interim president/CEO of the Downtown Fresno Partnership.
Scharton said businesses that entered during the construction period of Fulton Street, like Chicken Shack and Toshiko Japanese Cuisine, were eligible for a reduction in city fees.
Toshiko Japanese Cuisine, located in the Hanford Mall area, is also opening a new location on Fulton Street. Chicken Shack and Toshiko will actually be neighbors.
Toshiko’s owner did not want to comment until they were closer to opening.
Miller said there were some struggles with getting their plans approved because Fresno was restructuring zoning for businesses on that street. He said Chicken Shack was being used as the model for future businesses or restaurants on that street.
The Fresno location will have outdoor patio seating where alcohol can be served despite the fact that there is a sidewalk separating the space between the restaurant and the seating.
The new location will take the place of an old Payless shoe store. It will have more kitchen space, so despite starting off with the same menu, Miller said there will be room to try new food items.
Currently, Chicken Shack, in addition to its shop here in Hanford, has a food truck that makes visits to Tioga Sequoia tap room in Fresno.
“You can’t go wrong with beer and chicken,” Miller said.
He said he wants to build more relationships with other micro-breweries in Fresno and have their beers on tap.
He said he is always looking for another location. One of the towns he said he has his eye on is Visalia.
“I have people asking me to come out to Visalia,” Miller said. “It’s a matter of finding the right location and making it happen.”