Just a few more days to vote for the best Inland Empire bartender

Battle for the Best BartenderThe last couple of weeks, Vom Fass Claremont has been hosting a battle for the Inland Empire’s best bartender, and round one voting wraps up in just a couple of days.

The top three finalists in round one will face off in the Industry Day Cocktail Mix Off at Vom Fass, where they will create cocktails using one of three Teeling Whiskeys available at Vom Fass.

Judges will include local business owners, other bartenders and Jack Teeling (of Teeling Whiskey).

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Rancho Cucamonga VFW Car and Motorcycle Show and Chili Cook-Off is today

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8680’s Car/Motorcycle Show and Chili Cook-off is going on until 4 p.m. today (September 27) at the post, 8751 Industrial Lane, Rancho Cucamonga.

Yours truly is one of the “local celebrities” that will be judging the chili cook-off. The judging is set to begin around 2 p.m.

Please feel free to come down and help support a worthy cause.

Rancho Cucamonga Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill is closed

Longtime reader Carl tipped us off Monday night that the Victoria Gardens Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill has closed.

It’s just the latest of a string of closures for the chain, but whatever happened, happened pretty quickly: Yelp reviews indicate the restaurant was open Sunday night and the restaurant’s Twitter page posted a link early Monday morning to its now-nonexistent Facebook page.

A Love and Theft concert slated to take place at the venue on September 24 has been cancelled.

Several of the chain’s locations across the country have closed in the last year or so, including a Phoenix restaurant that opened earlier this year.

In August, workers in Cincinnati sued the chain for non-payment of wages and concealing the restaurant’s shutdown in July of this year. That location also had several legal issues.

Other recently shuttered locations include Oxnard, Folsom, Syracuse, N.Y., Newport News, Va., Tucson, Ariz., Orlando, Fla., Woodbridge, Va., Orange Beach, Ala., St. Louis Park, Minn., and Houston. A Rosemont, Ill. location is facing an eviction trial in October.

The restaurants are operated by Phoenix-based Boomtown Entertainment.

I This Bar & Grill? Well…maybe not so much.

The Rancho Cucamonga location, which opened in April 2012, was at 12635 North Main St.

Ontario Hamburger Mary’s hosting ribbon-cutting event today

Hamburger Mary's Ontario Grand OpeningThe newly-opened Hamburger Mary’s in Ontario will kick off its grand opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today (September 10).

The ribbon-cutting begins at 5 p.m., with a live band performing from 6 to 8 p.m.

A special drag show — featuring Chad Michaels and Delta Work from RuPaul’s Drag Race, along with Mayhem Miller and Dolly Levi — begins at 8 p.m.

The grand opening celebration continues at 5 p.m. Saturday (September 12).

Hamburger Mary’s is at 3550 E. Porsche Way.

For updates, “Like” the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Subway, King Taco, others offering Los Angeles County Fair deals

Los Angeles County Fair Juicy'sWant to visit the Los Angeles County Fair and get a ride wristband for just $25?

Simply head to any participating Subway restaurant.

You gotta be willing to play hooky on Thursdays, because that’s the only day the offer is good.

Still, it’s a tremendous deal, considering the wristband alone is normally $50 by itself.

Click here for a list of participating locations, which includes most Inland Empire restaurants.

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Free Wetzel’s Pretzels Pizza Bitz at three Inland Empire locations on Thursday

Pizza BitzThe people have spoken.

And the people of the Inland Empire have spoken very loudly.

Last month, Wetzel’s Pretzels asked its Facebook fans which stores should have the chain’s new Pizza Bitz — bite-size snacks made with pretzel dough, topped with cheese and pepperoni — before the rest of America.

The people of the Inland Empire responded in full force: Half of the six stores chosen are here!

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Victoria Gardens McDonalds’s celebrating grand opening today

Victoria Gardens McDonald'sThe new McDonald’s at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga will celebrate its grand opening from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. today (August 27).

The event will feature free small iced or hot coffee and snack-size Oreo McFlurrys from 4 to 7 p.m. There will also be a $1 Egg McMuffin vs. $1 Big Mac challenge, with proceeds supporting the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House.

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