Riley’s Pub Fare and Craft Brewery is located in the Sunrise Pavilion on Temperance and Alluvial avenues. [Photo by Daniel Leon]
By Paul Schlesinger | Reporter
Known for Fresno’s Elbow Room, Michael Shirinian teamed up with Madera-based Riley’s Brewing to bring quality food at family-friendly prices and craft beers to Clovis.
Located near Temperance Avenue and Highway 168, Riley’s Brew Pub opened in mid-October after Shirinian was approached nearly a year and half ago by brewer Dan Riley with the idea to open a brew pub.
With a combined 162 years of experience in the world of the restaurant and brewing industries, Shirinian, with 40 years of restaurant experience alone, assembled a team with David Fernandez, with 35 years of experience, Liz Noble, with 36 years of fine dining experience, chef Miguel Gamboa with 24 years of experience and Craig Archuleta with 27 years of brewing experience to make Riley’s Brew Pub a reality with a clear goal.
“We wanted it to be industrial – national-caliber looking – but with great food quality and price points families could afford and come back all the time,” Shirinian said.
To achieve this goal, the restaurant has an industrial feel with metal elements throughout and customers come up to the counter to place their order.
As you enter the restaurant, you are welcomed with a collage featuring the Riley’s and the story of how they started from their first bottle of home brewed beer.
Shirinian worked with the head chef to develop a menu that’s “solid, down home American cuisine” at a high quality, but with a family-friendly price point.
“We wanted the guests to feel that they got food that really over delivered for the money,” he said.
The menu features burgers, tri-tip, pulled pork, salads and flatbread sandwiches made from the same suppliers to the Elbow Room.
Shirinian recommends their tri-tip that’s made from certified Black Angus beef and slow-cooked for six to eight hours in special ovens. He said this gives the tri-tip a unique, almost prime rib quality.
On top of the food, the other draw is the wide variety of beers and spirits offered.
With an on-premises brewing operation, there are a dozen tap handles featuring Riley’s products such as their popular Sancha and India Pale Ale. Also included are their spiced ales, including their hard root and ginger beers.
Shirinian said the brew pub is in the works to create experimental beers that will be served only there in two to three week rotations. They are also considering bringing in local breweries to be featured in guest rotation on their taps.
Beer isn’t the only alcohol beverage available as craft cocktails, spirits and a wine list similar to the Elbow Room’s are also available.
If alcoholic drinks aren’t your thing, Riley’s root beer is also available and Sherinian said this goes back to their focus.
“You don’t have to be a drinker to enjoy Riley’s and I think our focus is families frankly,” he said.
Riley’s Brewpub is open from 11 a.m. to midnight every day.