downtown club

The Downtown Club is primed for a Monday reopening. File Photo

published on November 3, 2017 - 12:14 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

An iconic Downtown Fresno eatery will reopen Monday, to be run this time by the property owners.

The Business Journal reported in August that Stephanie Stine and a partner had taken The Downtown Club property off the market with plans to reopen the restaurant and bar under its original name.

The Monday reopening was announced via Facebook.

The Downtown Club at 2120 Kern St. originally shut down about four years ago. For a time it operated under The Downtown Club name with a new owner in a venture that eventually fizzled out. It reopened in late 2015 with a new name, The Republican, and a new menu. But that venture shut down a little more than a half year later due to slow business.

“We just decided it was a great business, a great location. We decided we didn’t want to see it unused downtown, so we decided to run it ourselves,” Stine said.

Stine, an accountant by trade, said she has experience in event planning and plans to use those skills to handle the booking of the new Downtown Club for wedding receptions, parties and other special events.

As for running the restaurant and bar, “We have a team and a manager who have been in the restaurant business over 15 years,” she said.

Plans are for the new restaurant to offer casual dining with a menu of American and Mediterranean food, and since the bar is separated from the dining area, it can be a destination for people to enjoy drinks without dining.

Since deciding to relaunch the restaurant, Stine said some renovations have been underway, including upgrading counter tops and replacing lighting, but for the most part the last tenants left the place in good shape.

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