By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
VISALIA – Keeping its reputation as a Valley foodie destination, Visalia will soon welcome two new burger spots to its growing list of not-so fast food eateries.
Stacked Bar and Grill, which features wide-mouth, mouth watering burgers stacked with your choice of toppings, is planning to open a 7,000-square foot restaurant at 531 E. Main St., the former location of Lampliter Mercantile Antiques, across from BarrelHouse Brewing Co. The Visalia location is being built by Todd Esajian, co-owner of the Kingsburg-based burger joint which opened in 2016. The project is currently going through the site plan review process.
The second location for Stacked Bar and Grill is not to be confused with Stacked, the Southern California burger chain that offers burgers, pizzas, salads and Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
But Visalia is getting a different burger chain to head north from the Los Angeles Basin.
Cowboy Jr. Burgers and BBQ, an Inland Empire-based burger chain, is planning to open a 2,200-square foot restaurant next to the Arco-AM/PM being built on Plaza Drive north of Highway 198. It is the first eatery that will be part of The Square, a 25-acre business research park being developed by 4-Creeks Inc.
Devon Jones, economic development director for the City of Visalia, said the restaurant in still under site plan review and it is unclear what name the restaurant will operate under. The burger chain has spun off other Western-themed burger restaurants including The Hitch Burger Grill, Cowboy Burger, and Hitch Jr. More than just burgers, the chain offers breakfast and dinner plates, sandwiches, salads and Mexican food.
Visalia is also expecting a new discount retailer. Deals & Stealz, a Fresno-based closeout store of excess inventory and salvage merchandise, is currently planning to renovate a 4,500-square foot retail space at 1475 E. Mineral King Ave., at the former Yamaha dealership. The store, being developed by Graham and Associates, will specialize in the liquidation of specialty goods. The Fresno location, 452 West Bedford #106, boats discounts of up to 75% on all retail store prices for its items.