Chino Chamber: Save Marie Callender’s

Restaurants fail all the time, sometimes for the good of community tastebuds, some for the worse, but the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is alarmed enough by the number of closings in Chino and Chino Hills to appeal to the public.

“Because of the influx of new restaurants in the south Chino and Chino Hills area, many of the longer established restaurants all around Chino Valley are struggling to keep the
doors open,” writes the chamber’s Jean Christy.

In Chino Hills, Que Pasa and Bad Bob’s BBQ both closed recently. Chino lost Black Angus and On the Border, both at the Spectrum, and Dickey’s BBQ. (The latter especially bothered Christy because it participated in the chamber’s annual Taste of the Chino Valley.)

“If that is not bad enough,” Christy writes, “an icon in the Chino Valley for 15 to 20 years — Marie Callender’s in Chino Town Square — MAY be closing effective Jan. 3.” She says Callender’s participates in Taste of the Chino Valley and the Dairy Festival and also contributes to other community events.

The chamber has contacted the Callender’s local manager (613-0434) and the corporate office (800-776-7437, ext. 5302) to voice its concern and encourages the public to do the same.

“A groundswell of support for keeping this long-time major participant in local Chino Valley life would at least let their corporate offices know that we value them,” Christy says. She adds: “Phone calls of support are one thing, but a more important demonstration of support is to DINE there.”

And before Jan. 3, obviously. The restaurant is at 5455-A Philadelphia St. at Central Avenue, just north of the 60 Freeway.

* UPDATE: Apparently it’s saved. See the comments.

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  • Dennis R. Yates

    As Mayor of the city of Chino, I have just been informed that Marie Calllender has signed a new two-year lease.

    Go Chino!!!!

    [Go pie!!!! -- DA]

  • The New Diner

    This is the second Dickey’s BBQ to close in the So Cal area. Irvine closed about 2-3 months ago.

    But never fear, Phillips BBQ is still in Chino. That’s a real BBQ place!!!

    http://www.insidesocal.com/davidallen/2009/10/restaurant-of-the-week-phillip.html

    [I was just there Tuesday for lunch. Mmmm-mmmm. -- DA]