A staple in downtown Visalia has finally announced it will be officially making a new home in downtown Porterville in the first few days of 2020. 

A video on Fugazzi’s Facebook page on Saturday showed Gabriel Diaz, the restaurant’s General Manager, announcing the opening of the restaurant.

“We’re upstairs, downtown, 148 N. Main Street, in January,” said Diaz in the video. “We’re coming at you. Don’t miss out.” 

Fugazzi’s will be at the location of the former Palace Hotel building. Currently, construction workers are hanging sheet rock and painting the walls, before the final touches are made. Fingers are crossed the restaurant will open it’s doors for a soft opening or even a grand opening on January 3, 2020.

Fugazzi’s menus feature eloquent appetizers and salads, and elevated main entrees and desserts. There’s surely a choice for everyone.

“Our plans with the restaurant are to bring something upscale — yet casual, something that feels exclusive — yet inviting to the community of Porterville,” said Kendel Rodriguez, the Head of Marketing and Communications for Fugazzi’s. “We want to give Porterville what it deserves: a great restaurant that blends fine foods and real hospitality into one in a way that we feel hasn’t been done yet. Our plans for the communities that we’re a part of always start with different outreach programs/rescue missions— and then we look for other ways to partner with other local businesses/organizations/events.”

Fugazzi’s is already looking to hire staff members as well. Today, at the Employment Development Department (EDD), located at 1063 W. Henderson Avenue, open interviews will be held. The interviews will begin at 9 a.m., but EDD is recommending prospective employees arrive no later that 8:45, as interview spots are limited. Interviews will be conducted for the following positions; servers, hostesses, line cooks, bartenders, bussers and dishwashers. Those applying are encouraged to bring a resume and dress to impress.

City Manager John Lollis commented on Fugazzi’s and the Cornerstone project which will house the Tulare County District Attorney’s office at the corner of Olive and Main.

“The city is thrilled to have Fugazzi’s not only come to Porterville, but to locate on Main Street in downtown,” Lollis said. “Many local people have enjoyed the Fugazzi’s locations in Tulare and Visalia, and look forward to enjoyihg their outstanding cuisine here in Porterville. 

“The redevelopment of the former Palace Hotel restaurant into Fugazzi’s continues the exciting transformation of Main Street and downtown Porterville, including the Cornerstone project at the corner of Main Street and Olive Avenue, and is a fantastic addition to the many great culinary options on Main Street.”

Fugazzi’s also has restaurants in Hanford, Tulare and Kingsburg.

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