A budding business in downtown Fresno got some help before opening its doors.
The Modernist Craft Cocktail Bar is the winner of the 2019 Create Here Business Plan Competition. The competition looks to help local businesses grow and is sponsored by the Downtown Fresno Partnership.
Modernist craft cocktail bar just got a big boost in its plans to open in downtown Fresno – along with four other businesses.
As winners, The Modernist will receive a $10,000 cash prize to help boost the business.
Judges say that the Modernist will be bringing a new element to nightlife in Downtown.
“We really want to make a place that’s for everyone. We want to invest a lot in the design and create something that’s different. We want something that’s classy, industrial but also a little artsy in there,” said president Carmen Serrato.
The bar is scheduled to open its doors in the Downtown Brewery District this winter.
The Modernist would be among the first proprietors of craft cocktails in the Brewery District of Downtown Fresno. It is the brainchild of Carmen Serrato and Po Tsai and is primed for a winter opening, but co-owner Po Tsai wanted to stress that winter “goes from December to February.”
A total of five winners were selected through the program, with a grand prize of $10,000, two $5,000 winners and two $2,500 prizes. Winners will also receive a package of donated services from local businesses, including flooring, signage and more.
Finalists will also receive mentorship from members of Fresno County SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) to develop their business plan.
A beer-curator? A brewer of the breweries?
Whatever you want to call it, Fresno now has a brewery incubator.
The business is in the process of launching two new breweries onto Fresno’s growing craft beer scene, in addition to brewing its own beer.