Culichi Town opens Friday in Fresno in the former Tahoe Joe's space on West Shaw Avenue. Photo by David Castellon
Written by David Castellon
If you’ve longed for Mexican-style sushi or other foods fusing Mexican and Japanese cuisine, Friday will be a good day for you.
That’s when the north Fresno Culichi Town restaurant is scheduled to open at 700 W. Shaw Ave.
The former Tahoe Joe’s restaurant has undergone interior and exterior renovations, and on Monday workers were doing the final touches on the dining room while the cooking staff trained to prepare the Ontario, California-based restaurant chain’s Sinaloan-style cuisine.
Chain founder Ramon Guerrero is from Culiacán — making him a “Culichi,” which is where restaurants get their name — in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, and grew up working there in his family’s restaurant there.
The area is well known to foodies for its food influenced by the various cultures of expatriate residents, particularly the melding of Japanese and Mexican influences.
Among the more popular dishes served at Culichi Town are a variety of seafood items and a sushi filled with chicken, bacon and steak that is fried and topped with Mexican spices.
Before Friday’s 11 a.m. opening, the restaurant will hold a soft opening Thursday for invited guests.
On weekdays, live music will be performed evenings and starting in the mid afternoon on weekends.
Related story: Mexican meets Japanese cuisine at Culichi Town