San Bernardino’s Marie Callender’s closes

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San Bernardino residents: If you’re craving some of Marie Callender’s delicious cornbread, or a pot pie or just a slice of apple pie, you’ll have to leave town to get it.

Marie Callender’s long-running restaurant on Highland Avenue has closed.

Columnist John Weeks noticed the other day that the sign had been covered by a tarp, so I went by to investigate.

Sure enough, the parking lot was deserted and there was a note near the front door informing of the closure.

The note reads: “We are closed for remodeling. International Sports Bar will be coming soon. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you to all the customers.”

International Sports Bar? Gee, now that sounds like a fun place.

Of course, in this economy, a restaurant closing is no big surprise.

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This particular restaurant seemed to slowly go downhill. The operating hours kept dwindling until they were only open until 8 p.m.

The last time I was there, only one of the three dining room sections was open and the place was just kind of…worn out.

The salad bar had lost its appeal.

And when was the last time you went there? Did you only go there on St. Patrick’s Day for some corned beef and cabbage? Oh, so you’re the one to blame.

As I left the former Marie Callender’s and drove past the Mexico Caf, I noticed the parking lot was packed.

The mind boggles.

If you want to get your Marie Callender’s fix, you can head on over to the Redlands location at 1625 Industrial Park Ave., or the somewhat-recently remodeled and expanded restaurant in Riverside at 3505 Merrill St.

Other Inland Empire locations include Ontario, Victorville, Corona, Chino, Claremont, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Temecula.

  • Former Customer

    This Marie Callenders deserved it’s fate. My family and I were regular customers until they started cheating us and others by not applying coupons appropriately, resulting in a lower discount than the coupon was worth. I reported this to the Manager, who ignored us, and my email to the corporate office was ignored too. We never returned, after having been customers for more than 30 years.

    There are Coco’s restaurants nearby, and when a similar problem with a coupon occurred once to us there, the corporate office quickly responded and corrected the issue with the regional manager and store manager. Coco’s has better service and value.

  • Shawnna Beckit

    Sooo, just because they didn’t apply coupons correctly to save yo a$$ a few bucks, 30+ employees deserved to lose they jobs? Puh-leez…you need to get yo priorities straight. Don Callender been sold the bitch to a third party and the only thing the Callender fam had to do with the name was they frozen food shit. Datz why the restaurants went downhill.
    Personally I am going to miss they pies and the Potato Cheese soup.