Engaged couple opens romantic restaurant in downtown Fresno

Mysti Dailey and Adrian Harris are getting married. They are also partners in the new romantic restaurant The Rosé in downtown Fresno. Photos by Edward Smith

published on January 31, 2022 – 11:47 am
Written by Edward Smith

After a long search for a home, two entrepreneurs bring their gourmet concept to a vacant estate in downtown Fresno.

Adrian Harris and Mysti Dailey plan to open The Rosé on March 3 at 820 Van Ness Ave. to open, the former location of Gastropub HoP PK, which closed at the end of 2019.

Harris and Dailey plan a Creole menu with plenty of seafood and pasta. They are delighted with the chefs they bring with them.

“It’s fine dining, it’s exquisite, the plating will be beautiful, the food will be full of flavor,” Dailey said.

The couple behind The Rose had been looking for a place for their dining concept for a year.

Harris and Dailey – engaged to be married themselves – wanted a romantic fine dining experience for their guests. The room is adorned throughout with flowers and photos of Fresno landmarks.

They were inspired by the symbolic meaning behind the number of roses a person gives to their significant other. One rose means love at first sight, while 24 roses mean total commitment, Harris said.

“We want to make sure The Rosé is known for being a place where you can give that special someone their roses,” he added.

While a formal opening is slated for March, the couple is hosting one Valentine’s Day pop-up event.

They plan to be open three days a week – Thursday through Saturday.

The Rose is located in the former HoP PK area on Van Ness Avenue in downtown Fresno.

They serve dinner, lunch, and even brunch with stuffed French toast and creme brulee.

During lunch they also have take away options such as: B. a Cajun shrimp sandwich. There will also be delivery options.

While The Rosé is aiming for a more romantic vibe, Dailey says they want people to be comfortable. Both are fans of football and other sports and plan to host games at the bar at special times. The upper part allows them to host events such as game nights and karaoke nights. Harris’ connections in the entertainment industry will help attract artists to live music. Harris has even entered talks with neighbors to close part of Van Ness Avenue to festivals celebrating tacos, tequila and beer.

The space has been vacant since October 2019, when the owners of Pita Kabob and the House of Pendragon brewery split. The location has seen a number of food and beverage tenants over the years.

Dailey said the duo had been looking for a location for more than a year. Harris noticed the gap while driving. Dailey said it was perfect for her vision.

Both Harris and Dailey say they are big supporters of the community. Running daily is the Trinity Development Center, an adult day program that serves those with developmental disabilities. She has worked to get many of them certified for safe food handling. Some will work as bus drivers or servers. She also plans special nights for people with disabilities where they can have dinner and sing karaoke.

“I want to bridge the gap between our general community and the community of people with developmental disabilities,” Dailey said.

Harris runs FresnoVibe, an entertainment company. He is also CEO of Fresno Black Wall Street, an organization that connects communities of color with businesses run by people of color.

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