About John Plessel

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

Sonic Drive-In opens in Pomona

We totally did not see this coming.

We’d followed the progress of the Riverside Sonic Drive-In, but had no idea one was also opening in Pomona.

It opened at 10 a.m. yesterday (January 11).

The new Sonic is at 40 Rio Rancho Road, near the Walmart in the Pomona Ranch Plaza.

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Redlands businesses raising funds for terror victims today

Bonded and StrongAbout 40 Redlands businesses — including eateries and breweries — will be hosting a “Bonded & Strong” fundraiser today (December 19) for victims of the December 2 terror attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Parliament Chocolate and à la minute are leading the charge (along with International Day Spa) by donating 100% of sales — and in the case of à la minute, at its three locations in Redlands, Claremont and Orange — to the cause.

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt opens Corona location with week-long celebration

Menchie's Corona grand openingMenchie’s Frozen Yogurt’s new Hidden Valley Plaza location in Corona isn’t content with having a one-day grand opening. Nuh-uh.

The shop is celebrating all week long, beginning today (December 19).

The specials continue through next Saturday, December 26.

Of course, the shop is closed on Christmas, so no deals that day.

Current flavors include: Holiday Eggnog, Cake Batter, Vanilla Snow, Green Apple Tart, Original Tart and Dole Pineapple Sorbet.

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Eastvale Juice It Up! grand opening features free, half-price smoothies

Eastvale Juice It Up Grand OpeningThe recently-opened Eastvale Juice It Up! is hosting its grand opening from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday (December 19).

The first 50 customers will receive a free small smoothie. In addition, all drinks will be half-price.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce at 3 p.m.

During the event, there will be giveaways and raffles for gift cards and Juice It Up! merchandise.

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2015 restaurant gift card bonus roundup

Uh, oh. What do you get that food-lover in your life for the holidays?

How about a gift card to their favorite restaurant? That’s something you know they’ll enjoy.

Plus, there might be something in it for you. Many restaurants are offering bonuses for gift card purchases.

You can pass the bonuses along to the recipient, or…keep ’em for yourself.

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Candy cane making demonstrations return to Logan’s Candies in Ontario

It’s that time again!

Candy cane making demonstrations have returned to Logan’s Candies in Ontario.

Times are as follows:

  • December 9-12,15-18: 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • December 19: 1 p.m, 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
  • December 21-23: 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
  • December 28: 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.

The demonstrations are free, but it’s recommended that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes (if not earlier) ahead of the start time, as space is limited.

For a sneak preview of what to expect, watch the above video, made by our pal Charles Phoenix a few years ago.

Logan’s Candies is at 125 W. B St.

For more information, click here.

Redlands MOD Pizza celebrates grand opening Tuesday with fundraiser

Redlands MOD Pizza grand openingWell, that didn’t take long.

MOD Pizza is opening its first Inland Empire pizzeria in the new Mountain Grove shopping center in Redlands, just a few weeks after the center’s first eatery — The Habit Burger Grill — opened.

The pizzeria is celebrating its grand opening tomorrow (December 8).

The first 52 customers in line when the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. will receive a free pizza or salad.

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Sundowners anniversary special: Top sirloin steak dinner for one cent

Sundowner anniversaryIt’s Sundowners Family Restaurants’ 34th anniversary today (November 28), and the small, local chain is celebrating by offering a top sirloin steak dinner for just 1¢ — with the purchase of a top sirloin steak dinner for $7.99.

The dinners include Sundowner toast and a choice of baked potato, fried rice, French fries or mashed potatoes and gravy.

Where else but Sundowners can you get two steak dinners at the insanely cheap price at $8?

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Nine food trucks serving in downtown San Bernardino today

SB Third Thursday November 2015It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means food trucks will be serving in downtown San Bernardino today (November 19).

As usual, the trucks will park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the city hall parking lot on the south side of Court Street, between D and E streets.

Nine food trucks are scheduled to serve this month, including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, Crepes Bonaparte, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Jojo’s Grill-A-Dog, Me So Hungry, My Delight Cupcakery, Piaggio on Wheels and Smoke’em If You Got’em BBQ.

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