The old Cosmopolitan Tavern on Fresno Street will be demolished beginning Thursday.

published on November 8, 2017 - 2:16 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Thursday will mark the end of an era when Downtown Fresno’s original Cosmopolitan Tavern location is demolished as part of ongoing work on the high-speed rail.

First used as a boarding house, the building at 1528 Fresno St. became the Cosmopolitan Tavern in 1933. Four generations of the Lanfranco family have run the eatery, renowned for its tri-tip sandwiches and old-school ambiance.

The original location closed in June 2016 to eventually make way for a high-speed rail underpass. The Cosmopolitan moved into its newly built location at Ventura and O streets by the Selland Arena a month later.

The restaurant’s 1930s era bar — which weighed in at 700 pounds — was relocated by handcart through the streets of Downtown Fresno last summer, reported ABC 30.

Demolition work of the former location is expected to last about two weeks.

The eastbound shoulder and sidewalk on Fresno Street will be closed, as well as the southbound shoulder and sidewalk on G Street, for the duration of the demolition work.

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