World Sports Cafe in River Park Closed for Business - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

World Sports Cafe in River Park Closed for Business

Posted: Updated:
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

Workers and customers were stunned by the news that the popular North Fresno restaurant World Sports Cafe closed its doors suddenly Monday morning.

Some workers told KMPH Fox 26 news they had heard rumors about a dispute with property management, but had been reassured the place would remain open.

But Monday morning, some read the news about the closure on Facebook. Others got a text message.

"It was official when my manager sent me a text saying we're closed, pick up your checks," says Ashley Kennedy. She worked at the restaurant for two years. "I did my job with a lot of pride. And I worked really hard at it."

Faith Quandt showed up in uniform to work Monday, only to find the doors locked.  

"We were busy this weekend. I don't understand," she says.

Employees could be seeing hugging, crying and trading phone numbers on the patio east of the restaurant.

Some even took mementos from the place, including bar menus, floormats and posters. One man said he worked ten years at the restaurant, starting when he was just 18 years old.

Some employees had just bought homes, and at least one is an expectant mother.

Workers say managers explained the sudden closure as the result of a dispute with property management.

But Matt Johnson, who had been part of the group that owns the restaurant, says that's not the case. 

He says the lease ran out, and owner Tim McDonald decided not to renew it. 

"It was a ten year lease, and we fulfilled that," he says. "We extended it for another five, then added another year. The lease was over in January."

Johnson says McDonald had been privately considering the future of the restaurant for weeks.

But, his current situation may have swayed his decision. McDonald is now an Assistant Coach for the New York Jets.   

"Tim works in NFL, he can't leave New York any time he has to watch his business," he says.


Customers showed up and found the doors were locked.

A sign on the door quickly explained: "The World Sports Cafe is closed for business as of today, January 20, 2014."

Customers, including Miles Chatfield, were caught off guard. The teenager and his father, Larry, planned to grab lunch Monday. 

"I felt like it was a bonding place for me and my father," he says. "We had a lot of fun memories there."

"The wife and kids go shopping, and us guys would come here and enjoy a meal and everybody's good," says the elder Chatfield.


Property management, Lance Kashian & Co. released a simple statement, confirming the closure.


BREAKING NEWS

 

World Sports Cafe in Fresno's River Park Shopping Center closed its doors as of Monday, January 20th.

It's unknown what happened to cause the popular restaurant to close, but we hope to have more information on the KMPH Fox 26 News at 10 o'clock.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Honor Flight Day 2: Veterans Visit WWII Memorial

    Honor Flight Day 2: Veterans Visit WWII Memorial

    It's a day veterans on the Central Valley Honor Flight say they'll always remember. Tuesday, the 68 men and one woman who served during World War II visited the memorial dedicated to them in Washington D.C.For Albert Metzger, being in Washington D.C. at the world war two memorial is something he never thought he would do.“I'm honored to be thought of like that, it's just great,” says World War II Veteran Albert Metzger.The 90 year old was a gunner on a B-24 liberator. He flew 30-bombing missi...More >>
    It's a day veterans on the Central Valley Honor Flight say they'll always remember. Tuesday, the 68 men and one woman who served during World War II visited the memorial dedicated to them in Washington D.C.For Albert Metzger, being in Washington D.C. at the world war two memorial is something he never thought he would do.“I'm honored to be thought of like that, it's just great,” says World War II Veteran Albert Metzger.The 90 year old was a gunner on a B-24 liberator. He flew 30-bombing missi...More >>
  • Buchanan High School Student Shot Accidentally By Hunter In Woods

    Buchanan High School Student Shot Accidentally By Hunter In Woods

    A 17-year-old Buchanan High School student is still in a bay area intensive care unit after a hunter accidentally shot him over the weekend.The family of Jim Moua says he was hunting squirrels with his father and little brother in the hills of Monterey County Saturday morning.The family says another hunter mistakenly shot him with a shotgun.He was airlifted to a San Jose hospital.Family members say he was hit with more than a dozen pellets of buck shot including 1 in his stomach and 10 in hi...More >>
    A 17-year-old Buchanan High School student is still in a bay area intensive care unit after a hunter accidentally shot him over the weekend.The family of Jim Moua says he was hunting squirrels with his father and little brother in the hills of Monterey County Saturday morning.The family says another hunter mistakenly shot him with a shotgun.He was airlifted to a San Jose hospital.Family members say he was hit with more than a dozen pellets of buck shot including 1 in his stomach and 10 in hi...More >>
  • Man Claims He was Ripped Off While Buying a TV Listed on a Facebook Page

    Man Claims He was Ripped Off While Buying a TV Listed on a Facebook Page

    You've heard the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."Alejandro Albert learned his lesson the hard way.The Fresno father of three was looking to reward one of his daughters for her grades, and thought a television would make a great gift.So, he turned to social media, hoping luck would strike again.He had already bought a gaming system and power tools through the Facebook group, “559 Make an Offer”.He found a post by a woman named Erika Esquivel, for a 32” flatscreen tel...More >>
    You've heard the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."Alejandro Albert learned his lesson the hard way.The Fresno father of three was looking to reward one of his daughters for her grades, and thought a television would make a great gift.So, he turned to social media, hoping luck would strike again.He had already bought a gaming system and power tools through the Facebook group, “559 Make an Offer”.He found a post by a woman named Erika Esquivel, for a 32” flatscreen tel...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.