Mitla Cafe celebrates 75 years

Mitla Cafe, which kicked off its 75th anniversary celebration with a concert earlier this summer, is celebrating again!

The restaurant survivor is hosting a concert and community celebration from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 8.

Headlining the concert is Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band, with special guests the Jim Muoz Jazz Ensemble.

Also participating are the Sinfonia Mexicana and the Youth Mariachi Academy.

Tickets, which include dinner, entertainment and dancing, are $30 per person, or $240 to reserve a table for eight.

To reserve, call 909-888-0460.

Mitla Cafe is at 602 N. Mount Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino.

KVCR ice cream social happening next week

How’d you like to tour the KVCR studios and meet the KVCR staff and PBS Kids characters?

Oh, and perhaps most importantly to this column, participate in an ice cream social!

Your chance to do just that will come Saturday, September 8, when the studio hosts an open house to celebrate 50 years of public television and 60 years of public radio.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the studios, 701 S. Mount Vernon Ave.

Click here ASAP to RSVP for this special free event.

Italian deli opens in Redlands

On Monday, Saverino’s Italian Deli and Market opened at 617 W. State St., a spot formerly occupied by Sticky Buns Bakery.

The deli, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of David and Veronica Saverino, offers a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, soup, lasagna and other items.

Italian groceries also are sold at the location.

Saverino’s is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

A grand opening is expected in about three weeks.

For more, click here for an article on the opening by the Redlands Daily Facts’ Kristina Hernandez. For a photo gallery, click here.

Mangler’s Meltdown doling out free sandwiches in Riverside tonight

KFI-640’s Tim Conway Jr. Show is doing a live broadcast Riverside tonight, and as a part of that, the Pedley-based (if you are to believe the truck’s Twitter and Facebook handles…and really, who would lie about a thing like that?) Mangler’s Meltdown food truck will be taking part in the festivities.

The first 100 people in attendance will get a free grilled cheese sandwich from the truck.

Yes, free.

The whole shebang takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Riverside Hyundai, 8001 Auto Center Drive, with a live version of “What the H Did Jesse Jackson Say” kicking off at 8 p.m., and if we’re lucky, a live News Bender from 9 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information, click here.

For more on Mangler’s Meltdown, follow ’em on Twitter or “Like” ’em on Facebook.

Original Pancake House opening in Norco

The bad news is that Norco location of Food Connection, which opened about a year and a half ago, has closed.

The good news is that work is progressing on its replacement, an Original Pancake House!

We’re big fans of the Original Pancake House and wept openly felt a little sad when the Riverside location shut down a while back.

Of course, that location in the Adams Plaza was doomed by a dismal economy, a change of heart from a neighborhood market and a fickle university owner.

No matter. We’re just glad there’s going to be a new location here in the Inland Empire.

The restaurant is at 1750 Hamner Ave. The location’s hours are already posted on the chain’s website: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Support classroom gardens by taking your kids to Chipotle

The latest “give-back” campaign from Chipotle Mexican Grill involves classroom gardens.

Through Friday (August 31), Chipotle will donate 100% of its proceeds from any Chipotle Kids Meal sales (up to a generous $250,000) to Veggie U, a national not-for-profit organization that offers an Earth to Table science curriculum to fourth grade and special needs classrooms.

And as if that weren’t enough, when you bring your original receipt back to Chipotle any time in September, you’ll get a free kids meal.

Can we call this a buy-one-give-one-get-one deal?

Perhaps Chipotle should coin the phrase BOGOGO. Just remember where you heard it first.

For more information, click here.

Chipotle restaurants can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Dine 909 is on the move!

Starting next week, we (and the rest of the Sun and Daily Bulletin blogs you’ve come to know and love) will be moving to a new blogging platform.

What does that mean to you?

The search and tag functions that are currently broken (or have work-arounds in place) should start working again.

Our address will not change, and you’ll still be able to find us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Foursquare.

We’ll let you know if anything does change, so you can adjust your feed readers, etc.

Looking forward to the future!

Update: The move has been postponed until after the Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned!

Another chance to trade a pint of blood for lunch at Baker’s Drive-Thru

For those of you who were unavailable for LifeStream’s “Handshakes ‘n’ Milkshakes” blood drive last week, you’ve got another chance to score, while supplies last, a meal from Baker’s Drive-Thru, this time consisting of a Double Baker, large fries and a 32-ounce drink.

LifeStream will also hand you a movie ticket.

All you have to do is part with a pint of blood.

If you choose to be an apheresis donor, you’ll receive (while supplies last, of course) a pair of movie tickets, instead of just one.

LifeStream is teaming up with KOLA 99.9 for next Wednesday’s (August 29) blood drive.

KOLA personality Cindy Davis will broadcast live between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the San Bernardino donor center.

As an added bonus, those who are making their first donation since June 4, will receive an “Everyone’s A Kid” coupon worth $10 off adult admission to Knott’s Soak City, Palm Springs. For their second completed donation since June 4, donors are entitled to a voucher for a free ticket (a $33.99 value) to Knott’s Soak City, Palm Springs.
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Discounts, giveaways and more during KOLA visit to Ontario Oporto today

Folks from KOLA 99.9 will be doing a live remote broadcast from 4 to 6 p.m. today (August 24) at the Ontario Oporto restaurant, 4295 Concours St.

Not only will customers get 10% off their meal during that time, but the KOLA folks will be giving away VIP tickets to Great Taste Friday at the Inland Empire Auto Show, at which Oporto will be participating.

There are also other giveaways planned.

For more information, click here.

A beer pairing of a different kind

When one thinks of beer pairings, one tends to think of some sort of savory experience.

Redlands’ Hangar 24 Craft Brewery has something else in mind.

The brewery has gotten together with our pals from Suite 106 Cupcakery for a unique beer pairing event.

The latest “Formation Flight Night” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday (August 27) at the brewery, 1710 Sessums Drive.

It will feature six 3-ounce beer and mini cupcake pairings.

Tickets, $20, have been on sale since Monday, and 25 have been sold. The remaining 25 tickets will go on sale tonight (August 22) at 7 p.m. on the brewery’s online store.

Click here for more information and a list of the night’s pairings.