A few recent restaurant changes noted

It’s been a short while since we’ve updated you all on recent restaurant changes.

Here’s a few that readers have tipped us on and a couple we’ve discovered just driving around the Inland Empire.

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Food trucks still rolling to Cal State University San Bernardino

Although San Bernardino County lifted the ban on hot food trucks (sorta) over two years ago, there are still just a couple of local trucks registered with the county.

And the trucks don’t really operate on a daily basis as they do in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

And the only semi-regular stops for the trucks are at county breweries, typically on Friday nights.

And then there’s Cal State University San Bernardino.

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Another wave of restaurant closures hits

In a sign that the economy still has some recovery to do, we’ve spotted four local restaurants that have closed in recent weeks.

Chino’s La Crêperie Café, an offshoot of the original in Long Beach’s Belmont Shores, has closed. The location, a former Black Angus, might’ve been just too large for La Crêperie. The original is a much more intimate location. Also, the owners have switched the small chain’s downtown Long Beach location from crepes to Mediterranean and dubbed it La Shish.

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Paws for a Cause fundraiser supports San Bernardino City Animal Shelter

San Bernardino’s The Mexico Cafe will once again be the site of the Paws for a Cause fundraiser for the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter.

Proceeds will benefit the Friends of H.E.A.L. (Helping Every Animal League), a group that provides support for the city’s shelter. Funds raised will go toward renovation of the shelter’s cat room and making much-needed repairs.

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We’re #1! We’re #1!! We’re #1!!! Wait…what?

Talk about kicking a city when it’s down.

This week, the Movoto real estate site posted on its blogAmerica’s Worst Cities for Food Lovers,” and guess what?

San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy over a year ago, landed at the top of the list.

The Movoto blog, billed as “the lighter side of real estate,” also includes such recent posts as “The 50 Most Steampunk Cities in America” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: How Much Does a Pineapple Under the Sea Cost?

Apparently, they’re used to poking a little fun.

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Auntie Anne’s helping raise funds to fight childhood cancer

AuntieAnnesALSFAuntie Anne’s is hoping to raise half a million dollars to help fight childhood cancer, and they need your help to do it.

Through October 15, the pretzel purveyor is selling lemon icons for $1, each of which contains a kid-friendly lemon joke and $1 off the purchaser’s next pretzel and drink.

Proceeds from the sales will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization which raises funds to help find a cure for childhood cancer.

But the fun doesn’t end there.

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Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday…hello Shiki Sushi!

Shiki SushiThe former Ruby Tuesday location on San Bernardino’s Hospitality Lane has been vacant for about three and a half years.

That’s finally changing as construction is actively going on in the building at 996 E. Hospitality Lane.

Shiki Sushi, currently at the end of a strip mall (1760 S. Tippecanoe Ave.) just east of the old Ruby Tuesday’s, will be moving to the larger, standalone location.

No time frame is given for the move.

New Asian dining choice in San Bernardino

Chow Phở has opened recently in the space previously occupied by El Gran Burrito and Amapola Rico Taco at 1060 Harriman Place.

According to Yelp reviews, the restaurant features a variety of Asian dishes, starting with Vietnamese (obviously) and including Thai and Chinese cuisines.

You can check out the disparate reviews (one five-star, one one-star) here.