About John Plessel

John Plessel is Systems Editor for The Sun and has been blogging for the Los Angeles News Group since 2008.

Who will win the Montclair Place pop-up? You can help choose

Who will join — well, temporarily, anyway — Montclair Place’s new Moreno St. Market food hall?

You can help determine which eatery will get that coveted spot.

The next phase of the center’s “Search for the Next Great Pop-Up” has begun!

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Punch Bowl Social is open in Rancho Cucamonga

Another “eatertainment” venue has landed in the Inland Empire.

Punch Bowl Social officially opens its first California location —  and ninth overall — today (May 20) at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, in the space most recently occupied by Toby Keith’s I This Bar and Grill, 12635 N. Main St.

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McDonald’s introduces the FRORK, an ‘unnecessarily superfluous quasi-utensil’

Earlier this year, there was the STRAW, McDonald’s re-engineered straw designed to deliver equal parts of its Chocolate Shamrock shake to a consumers’ tastebuds.

Now McDonald’s has developed the FRORK, described in an infauxmercial as an “unnecessarily superfluous quasi-utensil.”

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Miguel’s Jr. opening in Redlands this week

Well lookie here…it's a brand spankin' new (but not open yet) Miguel's Jr. I think I'll go inside.

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Miguel’s Jr. will open its latest restaurant this week in Redlands.

It’s the Corona-based chain’s 16th location.

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The Habit opens in Rancho Cucamonga, hands out thousands of free meals

The Habit Burger Grill continues to make inroads into the Inland Empire with a new location in Rancho Cucamonga.

While the official grand opening will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (May 4), the burger chain isn’t waiting until then to celebrate.

The first pre-opening event will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. today (April 28), when the first 400 guests will receive a free Charburger, fries, and a drink during Free Burger Day.

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Dining Out For Life returns to the Inland Empire Thursday

Thursday (April 27)  is Dining Out For Life, an event during which restaurants give a portion of proceeds, or a flat amount, to AIDS service organizations.

In years past, that generally meant driving out to the Coachella Valley, where you could find many restaurants which were participating in the fundraiser. Not so any more.

While there are still many restaurants in the Coachella Valley that are involved (and helping support Desert AIDS Project), several local restaurants have signed on to help support the cause.

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