Dhat Island returns tonight

Dhat Island pop-upThe original plan, after Redlands’ Dhat Island closed in November, the plan was to find a new place and reopen in the spring.

Fans are still waiting.

Tonight, however, fans will be able to enjoy some delicious Caribbean cuisine when the owners have a pop-up at Carolyn’s Cafe, 1711 Lugonia Ave., Suite 101, Redlands.

The event, which follows a similar pop-up two weeks ago, begins at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, click here and check the restaurant’s Facebook page for updates.

Carolyn’s Cafe hosting another BBQ night Saturday

Carolyn's BBQ NightFans know Carolyn’s Cafe in Redlands is a great spot for breakfast or lunch.

However, man (and woman) does not live on breakfast and lunch alone. So, Carolyn’s Cafe is hosting another of its rare BBQ Nights this Saturday (February 21).

The restaurant will be serving pulled pork and brisket plates and sandwiches and a Southwest bacon avocado burger, along with side dishes and desserts — including Carolyn’s deliciously decadent coffee cake.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., but you probably want to get there early to avoid any sell-outs.

Carolyn’s Cafe is at 1711 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite 101.

For more information, click here.

Carolyn’s Cafe hosting first BBQ Night on Saturday

Carolyn's BBQ NightCarolyn’s Cafe in Redlands — usually only open until 2 p.m. — is hosting its first BBQ Night from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (October 18).

Tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches and plates will be available, plus your choice of ranchero beans, cole slaw or fries for sides.

And it wouldn’t be Carolyn’s without their famous coffee cake — or chocolate chip crumb cake, if you prefer — for dessert.

Carolyn’s is at 1711 W. Lugonia Ave.

El Kiosco Mexican Restaurant to remain in Rialto location

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.

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Redlands Pieology’s three-day pizza giveaway begins Sunday

Pieology RedlandsJust 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.

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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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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.