There was a time when Tahoe Joe’s, a small local chain, was worthy of being on our annual list of the best restaurants. On top of that, they had happy hour where people were full of $3 beer or house wine and $3 hamburgers. It didn’t seem possible to make money at these prices.
Probably not. The chain, founded by Dave Fansler in Fresno, ended up in bankruptcy court last year and the remaining restaurants were bought by BBQ Holdings, a company that owns Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que. Tahoe Joe’s in San Luis Obispo closed in September 2021 and three locations — Bakersfield, Fresno, and Visalia — remain open, according to the website.
Pete Tittl’s Dining Out column appears in The Californian on Sundays. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @pftittl.