J Pot is slated to open at Fresno's River park next week. Photos by Edward Smith
Written by Edward Smith
The owners of J Pot in the former World Sports Cafe space at Fresno’s River Park shopping center have finished construction and are finalizing their menu for a public opening as soon as next week.
It has been five years since the location has seen a new business, after World Sports Cafe closed in 2014.
Joey Gunter, J Pot general manager, said a friends-and-family soft opening is taking place this weekend, followed by an invitation-only grand opening April 10, with a public opening planned for April 11 pending final inspections.
Hungry customers can order pork or chicken thinly sliced, served in a piping hot Taiwanese- or curry-style broth that cooks the meat and vegetables in the bowl. For those wanting beef or lamb, it is served on the side to be cooked to the eater’s liking. Dishes can also be made to levels of spice at mild, medium, very spicy and “J’s Crazy Spicy.”
There will be a full bar, and the restaurant will be open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.
People may already know the team behind J Pot from for its owner’s — Jason Lin — other ventures. J-Lin’s Restaurant Inc. also owns and operates Hino Oishi at Campus Pointe near Fresno State and Lin’s Fusion on Blackstone Avenue north of Shaw Avenue.
J Pot will take one half of the former World Sports Cafe location, with the other half going to Hangar Burger. The facade appears to be finished there, but the building still awaits a sign.