Salazar’s says so long to Kingsburg

Popular Kingsburg eatery closes up shop after 20 years, thanks customers for loyal patronage

(Kenny Goodman)
(Kenny Goodman)
Darren Fraser
Published April 23, 2024  • 
1:00 pm

KINGSBURG – A Kingsburg fixture has opted not to continue its lease and closed its doors after 20 years in business.

On April 14, Salazar’s, a popular Mexican restaurant, located on Sierra Street near Highway 99, served its last meal. According to co-owners Henry Salazar and Bob Bethel, the duo elected not to extend their lease.

In a note posted on the restaurant’s front door, the owners wrote, “We’ll always be thankful for your loyal patronage. We shared our life concerns and offered encouraging words and prays.”

Salazar and Bethel thanked their customers for the beautiful memories. They said they are starting a new chapter.

They auctioned off the furniture, equipment and kitchen appliances on April 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information on the auction can be found at the Fresno Auction House website.

Salazar and Bethel closed the popular Henry Salazar’s Fresh Mex Grill in Visalia in 2019. The grill had been in business for 23 years. They cited rising rent as the reason for closing.

Darren Fraser
Reporter