chicken pie shop

Chicken Pie Shop image via Craig Scharton's Facebook post

published on March 26, 2019 - 9:03 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Two Fresno restaurants — one old and one new — are closing, according to social media posts.

The Chicken Pie Shop — the Tower District staple open since the 1960s that looks every bit its age — is closing Sunday, reported Craig Scharton, former Fresno city official now with the California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

The restaurant previously had been put up for sale, according to published reports.

From left, Andrew Cota and Catherine Heaney of Charburger


And in Downtown Fresno, CHARburger on Kern Street is closing after three years in business, according to a Facebook post. Catherine Heaney originally opened the burger joint in Visalia in 2012, later establishing a Fresno location. The original Visalia store closed early last year.

Heaney settled on Downtown Fresno based on her participation in the 2015 Create Here contest hosted by the Downtown Fresno Partnership, where entrepreneurs pitted their business models against one another to win a free Downtown Fresno space. Hop PK ended up winning, but Heaney came away charmed.

“I think things are developing, but it’s still a struggle,” Heaney said in an October 2018 interview. “I think the neighborhood needs more time to grow and for people to trust Downtown Fresno.”

CHARburger’s last day of service is Friday.

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