Cracker Barrel breaks ground on first California location

It’s finally happening.

Construction is underway on California’s first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which will be right here in the Inland Empire, at 11612 Amargosa Road in Victorville.

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Get a free small root beer float at A&W tomorrow

A&W Root Beer Float Day 2015When you think of root beer floats, there’s probably one place you think of: A&W.

The fast-food chain is celebrating National Root Beer Float Day on August 6 by giving them away.

From 2 p.m. until close, participating locations will be serving small root beer floats for free.

The giveaway is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that provides support for wounded veterans.

Last year, the company raised $200,000 for the organization.

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Victorville Steak ‘n Shake delayed slightly, set to open Monday

Victorville Steak 'n ShakeThe High Desert seems to be kind of a testing ground for restaurant chains. If a chain only has one California location, it feels like it’s usually up in the High Desert.

When Golden Corral returned to the state, it first showed up in Hesperia.

California’s first Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers was built in Victorville.

The first civilian-accessible Dunkin’ Donuts in the chain’s recent return to California was in Barstow.

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Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day

Tomorrow (June 6) is National Doughnut Day, an event begun during the Great Depression by the Salvation Army as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the organization’s social service programs.

It also commemorates the “doughnut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, doughnuts, for soldiers on the front lines, initially during World War I.

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Hang Out Cafe opens at Apple Valley Airport

Our friends from the Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza truck have finally opened their restaurant.

The Hang Out Cafe is located at the Apple Valley Airport, 21600 Corwin Road.

For now, the new restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

They plan to be open seven days a week starting in a few weeks.

The few reviews on Yelp all been overwhelmingly positive.

Jersey Mike’s to open in Apple Valley with fundraiser

The High Desert is gaining a Jersey Mike’s Subs this week.

The Apple Valley location, 19179 Bear Valley Road, Suite 8, opens Wednesday (February 5) and is hosting a fundraiser through Sunday (February 9).

The sandwich shop distributed 10,000 coupons good for a free regular sub with a minimum $1 donation.

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Half-price shakes Saturday at Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Winter SolsticeSonic Drive-In is celebrating the winter solstice Saturday (December 21) in typical Sonic fashion: With half-price shakes all day long.

It’s a perfect way to to treat yourself for getting your holiday shopping done.

You will have your holiday shopping done by Saturday, right?

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Victorville Marie Callender’s gets a new look

High Desert folks…if you’re looking for a more comfortable place to enjoy some comfort food, you might want to stop by the newly-remodeled Marie Callender’s, 12180 Mariposa Road, Victorville.

The restaurant unveiled its new look last month.

Of course, it’s also conveniently right off the 15 Freeway at Bear Valley Road for those Vegas road trips.

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Three Inland Empire breweries celebrating first anniversaries today

A trio of Inland Empire breweries are celebrating first anniversaries today (November 16).

From north to south, they are Oak Hills Brewing Company in Hesperia, Redlands’ Ritual Brewing Co., and Wiens Brewing Company in Temecula.

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Barstow Station Dunkin’ Donuts opens

The Barstow Station Dunkin’ Donuts opened almost right on schedule Monday (November 4).

The location is the chain’s second in its return to California after shutting down its 15 Southern California locations just before the turn of the century (and a failed Sacramento location in 2002).

An outlet opened on Camp Pendleton in May of last year.

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