Goodbye macaroni, hello pig trough?

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour (remember Farrell’s?) wants to open in the Terra Vista Town Center in Rancho Cucamonga where Macaroni Grill used to be.
Next Tuesday, representatives from the ice cream parlor will talk to
the Design Review Committee at 7 p.m. about the changes they want to
bring to the building.

Once upon a time, there was a Farrell’s
in Montclair Plaza. Actually, once upon a time, there were Farrell’s
all over Southern California in the 1970s and 80s. But after being sold
to an investment group in 1985, according to Farrell’s website, the
restaurant faltered and nearly all of its 130 locations closed by 1990.

Today,
there are two locations — Mission Viejo and Santa Clarita — offering
shakes, sundaes and the famed pig trough. At $11.99, the pig trough is
two orders of the banana split sundae served on a, you guessed it, pig
trough.

Farrell’s wants to come to Foothill Boulevard but it
wants to keep its flashy designs and bold colors. The Terra Vista
development boasts Spanish Revival architecture using mild earth tones.

Does Farrell’s belong there? The Design Review Committee,
consisting of two planning commissioners and two Planning Department
staff members, will decide.   

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