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An outspoken Fresno restaurateur will file a lawsuit against the city of Fresno and the state, claiming discrimination against his businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to his attorney.

The city of Fresno’s actions against Pismo’s Grill, Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co. and Yosemite Ranch were harmful and unwarranted, according to a statement from Warren R. Paboojian, an attorney with Baradat & Paboojian Inc.

The law firm filed a claim that exceeds $10,000 against the city Tuesday on behalf of Dave Fansler, who owns the restaurants. Fansler could not be immediately reached.

“This is the first step toward pursuing a civil lawsuit before a jury against the city for these unlawful acts,” the statement said. “A lawsuit will also be filed against the Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) agency for their attempts to strip these Fresno restaurants of their liquor licenses.”

The firm said it will ask the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate the actions of ABC, Fresno City Council and the Fresno City Attorney’s Office.

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