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KMJ On Demand: The Restauranteurs with Mike & Dave

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Join Culinary co-hosts Mike Shirinian and Dave Fansler as they discuss all things food and what’s trending in the restaurant industry. Prominent Fresno restaurant owners, Mike Shirinian and Dave Fansler are joining forces to co-host the Central Valley’s only live & local radio show dedicated to all things culinary.

Mike & Dave will cover everything from recipes to restaurant reviews to funny stories from the kitchen. Wine and entrees will be sampled. Hungry yet?

About Mike Shirinian
Mike has owned and operated the Elbow Room on Palm & Shaw in Fresno for over 20 years. Imagine visiting your favorite San Francisco-style steakhouse in the heart of California and you’ll experience The Elbow Room. From the day the doors first opened in 1955, The Elbow Room has been serving the best steak sandwich anywhere and it’s still the number one item on the menu today.

About Dave Fansler
Dave Fansler began in the restaurant industry in 1980 with the opening of Steak and Anchors and the soon to follow Wilikers. His continued success led to opening the Tahoe Joes. Today, Fansler owns and operates three institutions of fine local dining and cuisine from Yosemite Ranch to Pismo’s Coastal Grill and, his newest development, Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co.

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Elbow Room Rolls Out New Rewards Program!

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ER_News_ThanxWe’re excited to announce that we are rolling out a brand new rewards program! The Thanx app couldn’t be easier. There are no punchcards, check-ins, or confirmation emails to deal with. You simply download the Thanx app on your Apple or Android phone, or sign up at Just for signing up you receive a FREE appetizer! Your rewards load right into your app automatically! We’ll also give you a $20 reward for every $300 you spend with us!

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Fresno Restaurants Getting Face-Lifts

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Fresno Restaurants Getting Face-Lifts

Fresno Restaurants Getting Face-Lifts

 Elbow Room – Reprinted from Fresno Bee

The first is Elbow Room. It just re-upped its lease with Fig Garden Village for another 10 years and is remodeling.

The 58-year-old restaurant is staying open during its remodel, with workers redoing the walls and installing windows at night.

Customers have been signing walls, which will be soon covered up as part of the remodel.

But don't worry, says owner Mike Shirinian, it's still the same old Elbow Room. He took great pains to make sure it remains the old-school comforting San Francisco steak house-style restaurant that attracts both hip folks in their 50s and 60s and 20-somethings who like the retro feel.

He likened the changes to getting a new version of your favorite car.

“The new model is a little smoother, sleeker, but it's still the same kind of car you like,” he says.

Shirinian spent two years researching the look he wanted and toured restaurants in the Bay Area and Napa for inspiration.

That new look includes lots of mahogany trim and a mahogany bar, new bar stools and new booths. The walls will get a face-lift and they'll soon be a stainless steel wall near the pass-through window with a 1950s-inspired diamond-pattern design. Flat screen TVs will feature its wine list and photos of the weddings and banquets it can host.

On the patio, the Elbow Room's trademark cat leaning on a martini glass will soon appear in neon on the wall, along with some other minor upgrades.

Shirinian has pumped several hundred thousand dollars into the remodel, with lending from Fresno First Bank. The work will be finished in early August.

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