Newer, greener Stater Bros. opens in Grand Terrace

Folks in Grand Terrace got a grand spankin’ new Stater Bros. this week.

The new market is 72 percent bigger than the ’70s-era one it replaces.

It’s also greener than the old store.

It is one of four Stater Bros. markets to earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Award for its energy-saving components, including an efficient refrigeration system and skylights.

As part of the grand opening celebration, the company split $7,500 between the Colton High School band, the Sheriff’s Explorers program and a children’s program at the Grand Terrace Branch Library.

For more, click here to read Grand Terrace reporter Ryan Hagen’s story on the new store.

Knock, knock! Who’s there? Free banana shake at Baker’s today!

Baker’s Drive-Thru is once again offering free food in honor of an odd food “holiday.”

Today’s (August 26) free food item is a banana milkshake, in honor of National Banana Lovers Day, which actually falls on Saturday (August 27).

The usual caveats apply: One free item per person or per car. Good today only, and not with other offers, discounts or coupons.

You can either print out the coupon or display it on your mobile device.

Orange you glad Baker’s Drive-Thru is so generous?

To access the coupon, click here to visit the Facebook event page.

Baker’s Drive-Thru restaurants can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Hangar 24′s Humpty Bump pre-sale is today

Pre-sales for Humpty Bump, the second in Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s limited-edition Barrel Roll series, will begin today at 4 p.m. in the brewery’s tasting room.

The first Barrel Roll release, Immelmann, was produced in December.

Humpty Bump is a hand-crafted Belgian Strong Golden Ale brewed with apple cider from Oak Glen’s Riley’s Los Rios Farms and caramelized sugar. It was then aged for eight months in second-fill oak bourbon barrels.

Only 1355 750ml bottles were produced. Sales will be limited to three bottles per person. Each bottle costs $20.

Humpty Bump will be released at 11 a.m. Saturday (August 27).

Hangar 24 is at 1710 Sessums Drive in Redlands.

For more information on Humpty Bump, click here.

Claremont Norms is open!

As expected, the Claremont Norms Restaurant (807 S. Indian Hill Blvd.) opened this morning (August 23) at 7 a.m.

And if you’re planning to head on over and check out the new restaurant, which you can do anytime, since they’re open 24/7, you might want to print out this coupon first.

There’s more information, including a locator map, on that location’s page on the Norms website.

Follow the jump for a promo video.
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Two days left to get a free happy hour food item from P.F. Chang’s

I wish I’d seen this deal earlier in the week, but you’ve still got a couple of days left to take advantage.

P.F. Chang’s has posted a coupon for a free street fare or dim sum item from its Triple Happiness Happy Hours menu (with food purchase).

Trouble is, the coupon expires Sunday (August 21).

P.F. Chang’s happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and is available in the bar or in the dining room.

Click here to view and print the coupon, which is not good on Chang’s lettuce wraps.

P.F. Chang’s has locations in the Inland Empire in Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills, Riverside and Temecula.

Wienerschnitzel grand opening in Victorville tomorrow

Calling all High Desert hot dog aficionados!

The Wienerschnitzel at 12951 Hesperia Road in Victorville will be celebrating its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (August 20).

They’ll be offering buy-one-get-one-free chili dogs during the grand opening.

They’ll also have a ribbon cutting ceremony, a hot dog eating contest (winner gets free chili dogs for a year and an iPod), raffles and a prize wheel, a bounce house, a DJ and free cake!

Third I.E. Cici’s Pizza to land in Corona…at some point

Well, I was all set to write about the grand opening next week of the Corona Cici’s Pizza and that the first 100 customers to purchase an adult buffet would receive a free buffet every month for a year, but…

I received an email this afternoon letting us know that the grand opening date was to be determined.

When it does open, Cici’s Pizza will be at 591 McKinley St., Suite 103, formerly home to a Pizza Factory.

Cici’s Pizza currently has locations in Chino Hills (4200 Chino Hills Parkway, Suite 890) and Murrieta (29910 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Suite S).

Get a spicy rolled quesadilla free (with coupon) at Baker’s today

Another day, another crazy “holiday.”

Today (August 19) is National Hot and Spicy Food Day (definitely not to be confused with International Hot and Spicy Food Day, which is January 16) and Baker’s Drive-Thru is helping you celebrate by giving away a spicy rolled quesadilla to its Facebook fans (and pretty much anyone with Internet access).

Baker’s has been very generous with the giveaways, offering them every couple of weeks or so, and we thank them for that.

The usual restrictions apply: One coupon per person or car per visit, one offer per coupon and not valid with any other offer or discount…however, they’ve been known to suggest that you pair it with other deals, such as their Deal of the Week. Go figure. The offer is good today only.

You can either print the coupon or show it on your mobile device to redeem it.

Head to the Facebook event page for the giveaway to collect your coupon.

Baker’s Drive-Thru restaurants can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Psst…wanna get in free to this weekend’s Inland Empire Auto Show?

Gourmet Food Trucks, LLC, which is supplying the food trucks that will be at the Inland Empire Auto Show this weekend, has posted a coupon online which you can print and gain free “admision” to the show.

The auto show, in addition to showcasing new and concept cars and alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles, will have a “Great Taste” event Friday evening, with free samples from over 20 restaurants and wineries, and food trucks each day of the show.
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Norms coming to Claremont

On the off chance you haven’t noticed the insanely tall (one foot shy of 100 feet) sign just off the 10 Freeway, Norms is coming to Claremont.

It’ll be the second Inland Empire location for the always-open Southern California chain, following a Riverside location that opened several years ago.

The Claremont Norms is at 407 Auto Center Drive (at Indian Hill Boulevard) 807 S. Indian Hill Blvd., where a Chili’s once was.

The restaurant looked pretty much complete during a drive-by this weekend, and is a hot topic on the chain’s Facebook page. The official response from the company is that it’ll open by the end of the month, although it appears they are aiming for next week.

The sign, which dwarfs all surrounding signs, was a topic of one of Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen’s column’s last month, and he risked life and limb to take pictures for his blog.

You can read the column here and see the pictures by clicking here.