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.

Head over the jump to get started.

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Food trucks returning to prison, this time for the ladies

In what we hope is becoming a regular occurrence, food trucks are returning to prison!

Whereas last month’s gathering took place at California Institution for Men in Chino, Wednesday’s (November 6) event will take place at the California Institution for Women, 16756 Chino Corona Road, Chino.

The event is open to the public and will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Head over the jump to see the list of scheduled trucks.

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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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Tilted Kilt coming to Chino; last casting call is today

TiltedKiltChinoScottish-themed sports pub Tilted Kilt is coming to Chino.

It’ll be the third Inland Empire location for the chain, joining locations in Palm Desert and Temecula.

The location is holding its last casting call for Kilt Girls and back of house employees today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. today (September 20) at the Ayers Hotel and Suites, 4785 Chino Hills Parkway, Chino Hills.

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Chino Pieology Pizzeria opens Wednesday

The Rancho Cucamonga Pieology Pizzeria caused quite a stir when it opened at the beginning of September.

Of course, I think some of that had to do with the fact that they gave away pizzas during training periods in the days leading up to the grand opening.

But that doesn’t diminish the fact that they serve delicious pizza, with as many toppings as you like, for $7.50 or less.

This week, it’s Chino’s turn to experience the Pieology, um, experience.

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Pieology lands in the Inland Empire

You want red sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese? Check.

Herb butter, gorgonzola and bacon? OK.

Olive oil, chicken, pineapple, garlic, jalapeños and pesto? Uh…sure.

How about red sauce, herb butter, olive oil, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and gorgonzola cheeses, pepperoni, sausage, meatball, chicken, ham, bacon, black olives, mushrooms, red onions, green peppers, artichokes, tomato, pineapple, jalapeños, fresh basil, cilantro, garlic, roasted red peppers, black pepper, pesto and barbecue sauce? Absolutely!

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Open shop at [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes Thursday night

design cakes and cupcakes open shopOur friends at the Cupcake Wars-winning (and double I.E. Cupcake Fair award-winning) bakery [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes will be hosting another of their delicious open shop events Thursday night (July 11).

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at their commercial bakery, 12207 Central Ave., Chino.

The bakery will be selling salted caramel, carrot cake and S’mores cupcakes, along with lemon macaroons and chocolate pecan cookies.

For more information, visit the bakery’s Facebook page.

[desi]gn cakes & cupcakes makes return to Cupcake Wars

It’s been a good week for our friends at [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes.

At Sunday’s (March 17) I.E. Cupcake Fair, the bakery took top honors in the professional division in both Best Overall for its Salted Caramel cupcake and Most Unique Ingredient for its Apple Bacon Harvest cupcake.

And this Sunday (March 24), the Food Network will air its return to Cupcake Wars.

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