Rancho Cucamonga closings…and openings

From Rancho Cucamonga Now comes word that, along with the previously mentioned Pei Wei, the $5 million Rancho location of Mission Inn owner Duane Roberts’ Las Campanas has closed. Also shuttered are Noble House and the Rancho locations of The Whole Enchilada and Macaroni Grill.

I’m a little surprised…but not.

Las Campanas apparently opened to great fanfare in the summer of 2007, but must not have been able to sustain that success. Is it the fact that it’s not located at Victoria Gardens?

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that none of the closing eateries are located there.

And yet, there’s usually a wait at P.F. Chang’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Lucille’s, Cheesecake Factory and other Victoria Gardens restaurants. Heck, there’s even a line every time I go to Pinkberry!

As the real estate clich goes: Location, location, location!

I never made it to Noble House, but online reviews were above average for that Chinese restaurant.

I’ve eaten at both The Whole Enchilada and Macaroni Grill, and enjoyed the food at both. The Whole Enchilada must’ve closed recently — their Web site still lists the Rancho location. From what I hear, the Macaroni Grill closing has been rumored for a while. I remember when they first opened. It was the only one in the area. Now we have one in Redlands, Montclair, Corona and Temecula.

On the positive side, Wendy notes that Dickey’s BBQ has indeed opened and a vegan Thai restaurant, Bright Star, at 9819 Foothill Blvd. has opened as well.

Click here to read her entry.

What’s going on in your neck of the IE? Any restaurants closing? New ones opening? Feel free to comment below or drop us a line and let us know.