The Albertsons market at Foothill Boulevard and Vineyard Avenue opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The market had closed in March to make way for a Haggen, which lasted six months; Albertsons bought the store out of bankruptcy in November and not long afterward hung “Coming Soon” banners.
I stopped by Tuesday on my lunch hour because from Foothill the store looked open or nearly so. Signs were up and fresh paint marked the entry. The store wasn’t open yet and the windows were mostly covered, but a few gaps showed a fully stocked store and employees milling around.
An employee outside told me the opening time.
The SavOn Pharmacy will be back, as will the Starbucks kiosk, according to signs. For shoppers, who included yours truly, the past 11 months will be like a bad dream.
Red Hill Coffee Shop, an institution in Rancho Cucamonga, is changing hands as of Tuesday, with Jim Moffatt giving the place up after four decades. This end-of-an-era story is the subject of my Sunday column.
Wednesday’s column begins with eight items from Rancho Cucamonga. (These had been planned for Sunday until the Chino Valley Unified news happened, bumping them to the next column.) After that, three Culture Corner items, plus, as the cherry on top, a Valley Vignette.
On Friday I got a tour of Seafood City, a Filipino supermarket that opened a couple of years ago at 11098 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga in a portion of a former Best Buy. (They invited me to a media open house, I attended.)
They sell a lot of items any market sells, such as meat and produce, almost all of which is familiar, and many imported products. Then there are Nongshim noodles, made right here in Rancho Cucamonga. The store has a food court area with freshly prepared Filipino barbecue, noodles and other items, two bakeries and a Jollibee.
At top: I was surprised to see Thrifty ice cream in the freezer case. Above: the seafood area, not surprisingly at a place named Seafood City, has fish on ice on display, as well as live crab, a box of which had one or two feebly waving a claw. The store will clean the fish for you at no charge, according to a sign. The fresh fish usually arrives only a day after being caught.
At least one product name may not have translated well into English. It’s for an “herbal lightening soap.”
A Rose Parade item with a local tinge is followed by Culture Corner news and an item about the early days of TV, inspired by my recent column on my new set. All this is in Friday’s column.
Sunday’s column is about “Old Cucamonga,” a photo-history by Paula Emick. I interviewed her in mid-November (yikes!) but what with one thing or another, I wasn’t able to write up our interview until now. But that’s no reflection on her or her book.
In honor of what would have been Frank Zappa’s 75th birthday on Monday, I present a shorthand look at his Inland Valley years — essentially 1959-1965 — in Sunday’s column.
Gilberto’s Lounge in Rancho Cucamonga has been bought by a woman who plans to renovate the place and reactivate the kitchen. Sunday’s column has more, as well as some light-hearted news from a Chino council meeting. Above, owner Chyvonne Anchondo outside Mustang Sally’s, the bar’s new name.
Friday’s column presents four items from Rancho Cucamonga (our new home!) about Empire Lakes, the former Archie Wilson property, a beloved Alta Loma fence and a wisecrack by a competing paper, as well as four Culture Corner items. Maybe it will take your mind off all the San Bernardino news.
Wednesday’s column tells some of the history of Rancho Cucamonga as I interview the author of a new book on California wine history.
“It’s amazing to think there were 34,000 acres of grapes here after World War II,” Dinkelspiel said. “This was the largest grape-growing region in the United States. Now there are just a few hundred acres, if that.”