Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Fig Garden Village. This was THE place in Fresno to have your birthday party in the late seventies; right before Blackbeard's, Chuck-E-Cheese (at Blackstone and Barstow) and Festival Game Palace. Sadly, only Blackbeards remains (and it still looks the same).
But, thankfully, there is YouTube to remind us of these places. Places my inner Fresno Child's imagination still goes to from time to time. The candy shoppe, the drum (still at Applebee's Fig Garden), the siren and the insanity when it was someone's birthday (birthday singing in restaurants was less annoying then). And, just look at how this Farrell's girl goes total apeshit describing the Farrell's Zoo Sunday:
Thank you to the Wild Williams blog for unknowingly letting me steal inspiring this post. Christi shares some more memories of Farrell's in her post. Check it out! If you need more Fresno memories, there is always the greatest Fresno thread of all time.