Two new restaurant franchises are looking to open restaurants in the Fresno/Clovis area.
The Red Chickz Nashville Hot Chicken is a Los Angeles-based chicken restaurant.
He has secured a location in town but has declined to say where at this time. Franchisee Keerat Riar said he plans to open up to three locations in the area.
The other restaurant is Teriyaki madness, a fast-casual Asian steakhouse that calls itself a “Seattle-style teriyaki restaurant.” It serves bowls with chicken, steak, salmon or tofu and vegetables over rice or Yakisoba noodles.
Its franchisee plans to open three branches in the region and is looking for its first place.
Unlike a company-owned restaurant, franchisees are often local people or small businesses that have the right to open a franchise — from Subway to Crumbl Cookies — in a particular area. In exchange for a royalty, the franchisee operates the restaurant and benefits from the company’s well-known brand.
The red chick
Not to be confused with another Nashville hot chicken chain, angry chick – which has three locations in Fresno – The Red Chickz also plans to come to Fresno.
The Red Chickz has a location in Los Angeles and is expanding further into Southern California and also Texas.
Fresno has recently had an influx of hot chicken restaurants in Nashville, including Fluckers, spicy birds and the FURY Hot Chicken food truck (and that’s not including the opening of all new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and Chicken Shack stores).
The menu at Red Chickz is a little different from its competition. In addition to chicken sandwiches, tenders and tacos, you can get chicken and French toast.
It’s a twist on the chicken and waffle trend — which is also on the menu, said franchise owner Riar.
“Hot chicken with French toast?” The couple is excellent,” he said. “You have this sweet but spicy taste and the French toast is super soft and melts in your mouth.”
Shrimp, cheese curds and garnished potato wedges are also on the menu.
If all goes as planned, Riar hopes to open the first site within six months. The others will happen over the next year or so, he said.
Teriyaki Madness also wants to open in the Fresno and Clovis area.
Franchisee Shogy Saleh is looking for his first location.
There are 12 bowls on the menu, including five different types of chicken. There are also appetizers like edamame, Rangoon crab, chicken spring rolls and potstickers.
“It’s a big menu so you don’t get tired of it,” Saleh said.
It is sometimes compared to Panda Expressalthough the food is cooked to order, not made in advance and kept warm.
Teriyaki Madness has locations in 34 states. It’s in the midst of a massive expansion, selling 22 franchises this year, with 30 locations planned to open by the end of the year.
He recently open in West Sacramento and Bakersfield, and will soon open a location in Salinas.