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.
The 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.
We’ve mentioned in the past that there are some things worth heading out of the Inland Empire for and one of those things is Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park.
While the store (and its hundreds of soda varieties) is worth visiting any time, the last few years the store has hosted a great summer soda tasting event, which doubles as a fundraiser.
This year, the focus is on root beer. The store will have more than 75 varieties of root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas available for sampling.
Claremont launches its second restaurant week today (July 14).
Unlike some of those other restaurant “weeks,” this one actually does last a week, coming to a close on Sunday (July 20).
However, based on what we sampled at the kickoff event this past Thursday, we wish it were longer.
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.
[N7] Creamery has been open for a little while now, but the bakery/coffeehouse/liquid nitrogen ice cream shop is celebrating its grand opening this weekend.
In fact, the festivities have already begun.
An art walk is going on until 10 p.m. tonight (July 11). More than a dozen artists are participating in the event.
It seems like a lot of eateries are celebrating anniversaries this month and last. Here’s another to add to the list: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
The chain will celebrate its 77th anniversary on Friday (July 11).
That day, guests can receive a dozen original glazed doughnuts for just 77¢ when they purchase any dozen at regular price.
The chain’s sole Inland Empire location is at 4485 Mills Circle.
For more information, click here.
The long-anticipated Souplantation has opened in Chino Hills.
It’s the first of its restaurants to sport a new, fresh design.
The restaurant had its soft opening last month, but will be hosting a grand opening fundraiser on Thursday (July 10).
The Rancho Cucamonga Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant is hosting a fundraiser today (June 30) for the family of San Bernardino Police Officer Shaun Jarvis.
Jarvis was killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident on the 91 Freeway in Corona back in May.
To participate, simply print out the flier (at right) and bring it to the restaurant, 10742 Foothill Blvd., between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., and Farrell’s will donate 25% of your bill to the cause.
Riverside Restaurant Week has expanded beyond last year’s downtown borders.
This year’s crop of participating restaurants run the gamut from Subway to Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood in the Mission Inn, with something for every taste and budget.
Specials include percent-off deals, daylong happy hour prices and prix fixe menus.
For a complete list of specials and participating eateries, click here.
Riverside Restaurant Week ends Sunday (June 29).