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

CBTL BOGO at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf this weekend

CBTL BOGO Black FridayThere are buy one, get one free deals and then there are buy one, get one free deals.

This is one of the biggies.

We’re not talking buy one, get one espresso, coffee or tea. Oh, no. We’re talking buy one, get one espresso, coffee and tea machine.

If you’ve been in the market for a single-serve coffee maker, this weekend will be your chance to purchase a CBTL Kaldi, Americano or Briosa machine for yourself, and get one to give away.

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Another brewery blooms in the desert

Another brewery — La Quinta Brewing Co. — has opened in the Coachella Valley.

You can currently find the brewery’s beers at dozens of area locations, and the tasting room has been open for about a week now, but the brewery will be celebrating its grand opening on Friday (November 22).

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. and is scheduled to last ’til 8 p.m. Guests will get 20% off beer and merchandise.

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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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Breast cancer fundraiser Saturday at Arctic Yogurt

This Saturday (October 13) is the sixth annual Paint El Paseo Pink fundraiser walk for Desert Cancer Foundation.

The event raises funds to help fight breast cancer.

In conjunction with the event, our friends over at Arctic Yogurt and Dessert House, 74600 Highway 111, Suite B, Palm Desert, will be serving up pink frozen yogurt.

And donating 20% of Saturday’s sales to Desert Cancer Foundation.

Not only does Arctic Yogurt have ten flavors of frozen yogurt (including two no carb, no sugar flavors) and over 50 toppings, but you can satisfy your sweet tooth with deep-fried oreos and Snickers bars, dessert crpes, shakes, fruit smoothies, chocolate-covered bacon or frozen bananas.

Arctic Yogurt is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Red Lobster coming to Palm Desert

The New England coast will meet the low desert when the newest Red Lobster opens at 11 a.m. Monday (June 25) at 72291 Highway 111 in Palm Desert.

The 5,900 square-foot restaurant will create about 160 new jobs and accommodate seating for 212 guests.

The chain’s current special is the Four Course Seafood Feast for $14.99, which includes one of the restaurant’s soups, salad, unlimited Cheddar Bay Biscuits and choice of one of seven entres – including the new Jumbo Coconut and Pineapple-Grilled Shrimp – and a dessert.

The Four Course Seafood Feast is available through August 10.

The new restaurant also features a number of sustainable design elements, including recycled building materials, enlarged windows to increase natural light, LED lighting, low-water landscaping and energy-efficient equipment.

These enhancements are part of the Sustainable Restaurant Design initiative launched by Darden Restaurants, Red Lobster’s parent company.