Fire department puts out “suspicious” fire at closed Bobby Salazar’s

Fresno restaurateur and salsa king Bobby Salazar has been accused of arson attacks in the past.

Fresno salsa mogul Bobby Salazar had a suspicious fire take place at one of his closed restaurants in central Fresno early Tuesday morning. 

Three years ago Salazar was accused of multiple firebombing attacks in lawsuits. 


The big picture: The Fresno Fire Department responded to a fire at a closed down Bobby Salazar’s restaurant at Blackstone and Michigan Avenues around 2 a.m. on Tuesday. 

  • Investigators told local media that they found multiple fires throughout the building, which took around a half an hour to put out. 
  • Investigators did not find any signs of anyone living in the vacant building or signs of forced entry and told local media that the cause of the fire is suspicious. 
  • Property records show that Bobby Salazar still owns the property. 

The backstory: In 2021 a former employee of Salazar sued him alleging harassment and discrimination because of her pregnancy. 

  • Not even one full day after Salazar was served with the lawsuit, the former employee had three cars belonging to her family firebombed. 
  • That incident followed up two similar events from the year before. 
  • In May 2020 a former employee had her car firebombed after she revealed a pay-for-testimony scheme involving Salazar and another wrongful termination lawsuit. 
  • In August 2020 someone attempted to firebomb attorney Brian Whelan’s office. Whelan represented both former employees against Salazar. 
  • Following The Sun’s report, Salazar’s attorney denied all allegations against the salsa mogul, saying there is no evidence to support them whatsoever. 
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