It’s been a roller coaster month for the owners of Rialto’s El Kiosco Mexican Restaurant.
The restaurant closed late last month when the restaurant’s owners were unable to come to a new lease agreement with the property owners. It appeared that the Morden family would be vacating the spot in Rialto where they’ve operated their restaurant for 25 years and transferring their business to their Redlands location, El Kiosco Express.
The good news is they were finally able to come to an agreement with the property owners and have signed a new three-year lease for the Rialto location.
Just as it did with its Rancho Cucamonga pizzeria, Pieology is gearing up for three days of pizza giveaways as a kind of a stress test as a preamble to its Redlands store opening.
On Sunday (July 13), giveaway times are brief and limited to the pizzeria’s “menued” pizzas from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.
Congratulations 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.
Our 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 Marionettes, Ballusionist.com’s Brian Potivn, and the delightful musical stylings of Mr. Tiny and Mary.
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.
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
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.
Head 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.
Our 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
Click here for more information.
Remember last fall when the Movoto real estate site ranked San Bernardino as the worst city for food lovers?
The site’s blog has extended an olive branch of sorts, with a new post highlighting 15 San Bernardino restaurants that will “blow the taste buds out of your mouth.”
That’s a good thing…we think.