Sentinel staff report–
The Wendy’s restaurant at 6435 Antelope Rd. was hardly recognizable last week, with just a shell of the structure standing at the site as crews continue a major modernization of the building.
Executive Vice President of Operations and Marketing for Fresno-based JEM Restaurant Management Corporation Kris Stuebner, who oversees the local Wendy’s franchise, said in a Jan. 8 update that the project was delayed by about 14 days due to recent rains. He said the restaurant is now looking at a “mid to late April” date for reopening.
Stuebner previously told The Sentinel that plans include expanded outdoor seating, and an all digital menu system.
“It’s going to be the New Image Wendy’s. It will be completely digital, digital outdoor menu boards, digital indoor menu boards, it will have kiosks,” Stuebner said in a prior email. He also noted that outdoor dining has been a trend accelerated during the pandemic, with more customers preferring to eat outdoors.
The Wendy’s first closed for the remodel on Nov. 5, with construction fencing appearing outside the location.