Next Let’s Dine Out Show Grub Club event will include dinner and a show

GrubClubTibbiesThe Let’s Dine Out Show has thought outside the box for its next Grub Club event.

Instead of highlighting and gathering at a local restaurant, the next event will take place at Tibbies Center Stage Theater in Fontana.

Included is a Grub Club exclusive meal and a matinee performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

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Move over Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, here comes Popeyes

At the beginning of the year, we got excited when we found out that Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers would be adding another Inland Empire location, taking over a former Wienerschnitzel in north Fontana.

We even got confirmation from Freddy’s folks.

However, the expected opening time came and went.

The future location eventually disappeared from the locator map on Freddy’s website.

We drove by occasionally just to check to see if any construction had been done on the location. Sadly, no construction ever took place.

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McDonald’s hosting McWrap parties in Fontana, Palm Springs

McDonald’s is fêting its new Premium McWraps with a series of parties at Southern California restaurants.

The parties, which are being promoted on Twitter, begin tomorrow (April 2) and wrap up (get it?) on April 10.

Guests will be able to try Premium McWraps, play games, win prizes and hang out with friends and other McDonald’s Twitter fans.

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers expanding to Fontana

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, which currently has its sole California location at 12032 Amargosa Road in Victorville, is expanding to Fontana.

Checking their mobile website from my cell phone the other day, I noticed that there is a location “coming soon” to Fontana.

The address listed, 16205 Sierra Lakes Parkway, is a former Wienerschnitzel.

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Steak dinner for 1¢? Happy anniversary, Sundowners!

Sundowners Family Restaurant, home of insanely cheap food, is having an insanely cheap deal tomorrow (November 24) to celebrate its 31st anniversary: A half-pound sirloin steak dinner for a penny!

Of course, you have to buy one sirloin steak dinner at the regular price of $6.59 to get a second one for a penny, but still,two steak dinners for $6.60 is just plain crazy.

The dinners include Sundowner toast and your choice of baked potato, French fries, rice pilaf or mashed potatoes and gravy.

The offer is not available for take-out. Sundowners is cash only.

Sundowners has two locations: 1131 S. E St., San Bernardino and 8983 Sierra Ave., Fontana. Both are open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Thanks to sports writer Marc Garcia for the tip!

Five Guys opens in north Fontana

Here’s one that came out of the blue.

Happened to spot this post on Google+ earlier today.

See….Google+ is good for something.

The latest Inland Empire Five Guys Burgers and Fries is at 15218 Summit Ave., Fontana, in the Falcon Ridge shopping center.

So, head on over and pile your burger high with toppings.

And eat some peanuts while you’re at it.

The new location is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

In other Five Guys news, the on-again, off-again location in Hesperia (12795 Main St. in the High Desert Gateway shopping center) is on again, according to the chain’s locator map. The once-planned Victorville location is still off.

Food trucks coming to Fontana Saturday

The fourth annual Fontana Arts Festival is this Saturday (July 28), and while I’ll probably enjoy browsing from the 50 artist booths and watching several performing artists, including the Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Cheng-Hsin Chinese Zither Orchestra of Los Angeles, you know what I’ll be most interested in.

Food trucks!

Our friends over at I.E. Gourmet Food Trucks are bringing three trucks to the event:

Oh, and did I mention it’s a free event?

We are so there!

The Fontana Arts Festival takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fontana Park, 15556 Summit Ave.

For more information, click here.

Roundup of recent closures

Even as there are new restaurants popping up here and there, closings also seem to be happening fairly regularly.

In downtown San Bernardino, long-time (since 1953) establishment Nena’s Mexican Restaurant (their website is still up), 642 N. D St., has ceased operations.

The restaurant, which was sold by Nena herself a few years ago, had recently only been open at lunchtime and for special events.

At one time, the eatery was home to many a county employee birthday lunch. We used to do the same for Sun staffers, too, when we were still located downtown.

I can think of only three other sit-down restaurants downtown — Molly’s Cafe, Yum Yum, and Mardi Gras — when once there were many.

Speaking of Sun staffers, former Sun staffer Julie Farren wondered about a frequent haunt, Casa Sanchez, at 265 W. Highland Ave., in San Bernardino.

The restaurant closed abruptly and already has a real estate advertising banner stretched across it.

Signs advertising restaurant specials still hang in the window, but nothing to indicate why they closed.

So, if your dream is to own an old-school IHOP restaurant, now’s your chance!
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