Fresh baked, grilled eateries coming to Visalia

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Urbane Café and California Fish Grill to open locations at the corner of Mooney Blvd. and Beech St. at Visalia Mall

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN

VISALIA – Two new restaurants will be bringing fresh-baked breads and freshly grilled fish to the Visalia Mall.

The Visalia Mall recently announced that Urbane Café and California Fish Grill will be opening new locations at the corner of Mooney Boulevard and Beech Street. “The space of the former bank building has been leased to the restaurants and construction is slated to start this summer with openings in November,” the Visalia Mall tweeted.

Known for its fresh fire-baked focaccia breads, hand-carved meats and hearty salads, Urbane Cafe is a consistent favorite on Yelp, Google, TripAdvisor and other restaurant review web sites. Popular with health-and-budget-conscious customers for 15 years, Urbane Cafe is a lunch and dinner destination for families and business people who want a fast, fresh, affordable meal. The lunch and dinner menu at each Urbane Cafe restaurant features fresh, healthy sandwiches and salads served in a warm, inviting setting. Catering and take-out are also popular. Though the restaurants span from Southern California to the Central Coast, owner Tom Holt retains a close, hands-on role in every aspect of the business, ensuring that standards of quality are consistent throughout the chain.

According to its web site, Holt started the business in 2013 when he realized there was a missing niche in the Ventura restaurant scene. He wanted a great sandwich and salad – something different, while still being dedicated to delicious tasting food. He understood that every great sandwich starts with the freshest of bread, so he designed the cafe around a hearth oven.

With the help of some friends, Holt came up with a bread recipe that was soft, delicious and baked fresh, right in front of your eyes. It didn’t stop there though, as Holt created a menu centered around locally-sourced ingredients, juicy-roasted meats, and crafted unique flavor. Urbane Cafe loves being the place where friends, family and communities gather to celebrate and make memories over delicious food. “Our passion is to have our guests walk out happy every time and keep them coming back for more,” Holt states on the website.

Urbane Café has 17 locations with the nearest one in Bakersfield. For more information about Urbane Cafe, visit: www.urbanecafe.com.

California Fish Grill’s motto is, “The ocean is our backyard. It’s part of who we are.” Owner Victor Topete believes it should be easy to enjoy healthy, delicious seafood, at a great price, as often as you want. Since opening its first location in 1998, the restaurant has been grilling and crafting delicious, healthy, seafood favorites for its growing following of loyal patrons.

“We promise that our seafood can be enjoyed for years to come by partnering with reputable fisheries that provide the freshest wild-caught and responsibly farm-raised fish,” Topete states on the company’s website.

Menu favorites such as Cajun salmon and battered shrimp tacos are prepared in an open kitchen as vegetables and herbs are chopped, fish is hand battered, and meals are cooked on their signature flame grill.

California Fish Grill has 26 locations in the Los Angeles, Bay Area and Sacramento area. For more information, visit www.cafishgrill.com.

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