Black Angus and Del Taco celebrate golden anniversaries

Del Taco prize packCongratulations to two restaurant chains that turn 50 this year: Del Taco and Black Angus.

Black Angus has kicked off a yearlong celebration with a classic cocktail menu, featuring timeless libations such as Rob Roy, Old Fashioned, Sidecar, Whiskey Sour and Vodka Gimlet.

In addition, the classic cocktails are available for just $5 with the purchase of any entrée on Tuesdays. The steakhouse also will introduce limited time entrées and seasonal desserts throughout the year.

Del Taco, of course, was born in the Inland Empire, and is intertwined with the histories of Baker’s Drive-Thru, Taco Bell, Taco Tia and Naugles.

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Tickets still available for Saturday’s Wig Wam Pow Wow with Charles Phoenix

Wig Wam Pow WowOur friend (and Ontario native) Charles Phoenix is returning to the scene of last winter’s doughnut exchange — the iconic Wigwam Motel.

Tomorrow (June 21), he’ll be hosting the Wig Wam Pow Wow, a veritable cornucopia of nostalgic fun, complete with a vintage trailer and classic car show, an old-fashioned weenie roast (featuring Gazzolo’s sausages), a sing-along ’round a bonfire, and of course, one of Charles’ signature retro slide shows.

There are plenty of other surprises in store, including an appearance from the world-famous Bob Baker MarionettesBallusionist.com’s Brian Potivn, and the delightful musical stylings of Mr. Tiny and Mary.

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Art walk and crab boil in downtown Redlands today

Redlands’ Downtown Art Walk and Crab Boil — or as we prefer to call it, the Downtown Crab Boil and Art Walk — will take place from noon to 6 p.m. today (June 15).

For $15, participants can get crab and crawfish dishes prepared by Ryan Berk of à la Minute and Parliament Chocolate and the Jonathon Wiener from Lounge 22.

Beer (from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Ritual Brewing Co.) and wine (from State Street Winery) will be available for an extra $5.

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Elephant Bar shuttering about a third of its locations

We knew that the San Bernardino Elephant Bar, 1050 E. Harriman Place, was closing, and have recently learned that it will close tomorrow (June 11). However, that’s not the end of the story. We’re hearing that at least 15 of the chain’s 44 locations — a little over a third — are closing this week. Continue reading

Last day for Farm Artisan Foods

Tacked on as a postscript to a story regarding a Redlands restaurant swap (Papaya Bay moving into the old Mikan/Wild Rocket space, Pieology moving into Papaya Bay’s old location), we learned that Roberto Argentina announced Tuesday via Facebook that today (May 31) would be the last day of business for Farm Artisan Foods.

Good luck getting a reservation.

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Redlands Optimist Car Show and Chili Cook-Off is Saturday

Optimist Chili Cook-Off 2014Head to Redlands’ Sylvan Park for the 23rd annual Optimist Car Show and Chili Cook-Off, or as we like to call it, the Optimist Chili Cook-Off and Car Show.

Admission is just $3, and free for kids 12 and younger.

You’ll find Ritual Brewing Co. in the beer garden.

If you go, be sure to look for education reporter Beau Yarbrough, who will be competing in the chili cook-off.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Optimists’ philanthropic ventures. Click here for more information.

#RedBalloonsForRyan fundraiser tonight at Redlands Market Night

RedBalloonsForRyanOur friends from [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes are doing their part for South Pasadena couple Jacqui and Dan Saldana, whose son Ryan was struck and killed by a pickup Friday night in Rancho Cucamonga.

At tonight’s (May 8) Redlands Market Night, the bakery will be selling special red balloon cookies for $3.50 and giving 100% of the proceeds to to the family.

[desi]gn’s booth will be at Eighth and State streets. Market Night runs from 6 to 8 p.m

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Take the Cake Bake Off is Saturday in San Bernardino

The whole family can satisfy their sweet tooth at Saturday’s Take the Cake Bake Off Saturday (March 15) at San Manuel Stadium, 280 S. E St., in San Bernardino.

Sixty bakers are expected to bake cupcakes, cookies and cake pops for the event, which is being produced by Redlands’ Cakewalk Cake & Candy Supplies.

It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Yucaipa Pizza Chalet is on the move

Yucaipa’s Pizza Chalet is on the move!

Its lease was not renewed at its longtime location at 34579 Yucaipa Blvd., so the owners moved the pizzeria about a block down the street to 34299 Yucaipa Blvd., in the former Community Bank building.

The new location was scheduled to open last week, but the opening was pushed back due to problems with the gas meter installation.

For updates, check the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Update: The restaurant is open at its new location and is hiring! Click here for details.