An artist's rendering shows what the Downtown Fresno La Boulangerie location will look like.
Written by Edward Smith
At the same corner in Downtown Fresno where shoppers can get ribs, chicken, sushi and deli food, hungry folks will soon be able to get gourmet pastries, coffee and sandwiches.
Property and business owners, along with city representatives and the Downtown Fresno Partnership, announced the arrival of La Boulangerie at the ground floor of the Pacific Southwest Building at the Renoir Corner of Fulton Street.
Building owner Sevak Khatchadourian said they would be putting in a patio area for patrons who would pick up their croissants and sandwiches from windows facing Mariposa Street.
“The idea is to serve outside, fill the sidewalks and to have energy going on in downtown,” Khatchadourian said.
Plans are beginning for construction to bring the Fig Garden Village staple to downtown. Sources place the opening for the end of the year or the beginning of 2019, but as Khatchadourian said, that is all dependent on how bogged down the city is with other permits.
Khatchadourian approached the ownership at La Boulangerie after upper-floor lofts were completed, according to Mo Ranu, co-owner of the bakery and bistro.
“We were really honored for someone coming to us saying we want you to be part of something here,” Ranu said.
Ranu saw similar designs at Santa Clarita, where he had come from before purchasing the company with three other members of his family in June of 2017, and he thinks it can work well in Downtown Fresno as well.
Starting out, the menu will consist of mostly pastries and breakfast croissants, and then sandwiches for lunch. Bread is baked fresh in Fig Garden Village and will be shipped downtown everyday.
After they get used to the location and find out what people want, they will do their best to accommodate.
“Whatever the demand will be of the customers, we will try to do whatever we can,” Ranu said.