About John Plessel

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

Rancho Cucamonga Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill is closed

Longtime reader Carl tipped us off Monday night that the Victoria Gardens Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill has closed.

It’s just the latest of a string of closures for the chain, but whatever happened, happened pretty quickly: Yelp reviews indicate the restaurant was open Sunday night and the restaurant’s Twitter page posted a link early Monday morning to its now-nonexistent Facebook page.

A Love and Theft concert slated to take place at the venue on September 24 has been cancelled.

Several of the chain’s locations across the country have closed in the last year or so, including a Phoenix restaurant that opened earlier this year.

In August, workers in Cincinnati sued the chain for non-payment of wages and concealing the restaurant’s shutdown in July of this year. That location also had several legal issues.

Other recently shuttered locations include Oxnard, Folsom, Syracuse, N.Y., Newport News, Va., Tucson, Ariz., Orlando, Fla., Woodbridge, Va., Orange Beach, Ala., St. Louis Park, Minn., and Houston. A Rosemont, Ill. location is facing an eviction trial in October.

The restaurants are operated by Phoenix-based Boomtown Entertainment.

I This Bar & Grill? Well…maybe not so much.

The Rancho Cucamonga location, which opened in April 2012, was at 12635 North Main St.

Ontario Hamburger Mary’s hosting ribbon-cutting event today

Hamburger Mary's Ontario Grand OpeningThe newly-opened Hamburger Mary’s in Ontario will kick off its grand opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today (September 10).

The ribbon-cutting begins at 5 p.m., with a live band performing from 6 to 8 p.m.

A special drag show — featuring Chad Michaels and Delta Work from RuPaul’s Drag Race, along with Mayhem Miller and Dolly Levi — begins at 8 p.m.

The grand opening celebration continues at 5 p.m. Saturday (September 12).

Hamburger Mary’s is at 3550 E. Porsche Way.

For updates, “Like” the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Subway, King Taco, others offering Los Angeles County Fair deals

Los Angeles County Fair Juicy'sWant to visit the Los Angeles County Fair and get a ride wristband for just $25?

Simply head to any participating Subway restaurant.

You gotta be willing to play hooky on Thursdays, because that’s the only day the offer is good.

Still, it’s a tremendous deal, considering the wristband alone is normally $50 by itself.

Click here for a list of participating locations, which includes most Inland Empire restaurants.

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Fall has, um, fallen at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean Fall Open HouseOne peek at the calendar and one can see that the autumnal equinox is still a couple of weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf from rolling out its fall beverages.

This year’s fall flavors are Pumpkin, Pumpkin Chai and the new Salted Butterscotch (or butterscoth, whatever).

The flavors are available in lattes and Ice Blended drinks.

The chain is hosting a fall open house from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (September 10) with small (12-ounce) fall beverages for just $2 at participating locations.

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Free pizza today at Eastvale Blaze Pizza

Blaze PizzaToday (September 3) is a good day to be in the Inland Empire.

Not only can you get free Pizza Bitz at three Inland Empire Wetzel’s Pretzels locations today, social media fans of Blaze Pizza (founded by Wetzel’s Pretzels co-founder Rick Wetzel and his wife Elise) can get a free pizza today at the chain’s new location in Eastvale.

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Free Wetzel’s Pretzels Pizza Bitz at three Inland Empire locations on Thursday

Pizza BitzThe people have spoken.

And the people of the Inland Empire have spoken very loudly.

Last month, Wetzel’s Pretzels asked its Facebook fans which stores should have the chain’s new Pizza Bitz — bite-size snacks made with pretzel dough, topped with cheese and pepperoni — before the rest of America.

The people of the Inland Empire responded in full force: Half of the six stores chosen are here!

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Victoria Gardens McDonalds’s celebrating grand opening today

Victoria Gardens McDonald'sThe new McDonald’s at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga will celebrate its grand opening from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. today (August 27).

The event will feature free small iced or hot coffee and snack-size Oreo McFlurrys from 4 to 7 p.m. There will also be a $1 Egg McMuffin vs. $1 Big Mac challenge, with proceeds supporting the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House.

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