Downtown Upland loses two eateries

In case you missed it, downtown Upland has lost one restaurant, is losing another, but is gaining a third.

Already closed is Aria Restaurant and Lounge, which was owned by the same folks who own Antonino’s Italian Restaurant, Haandi Indian Cuisine, Sixty 6 Sports Bar and Lounge and the Magic Lamp Inn in Rancho Cucamonga.

Facebook fan Diana reports that Charlie’s Red, White and Blue American Deli and Bar is moving into the space at 296 N. Second Ave.

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Oktoberfest times two Saturday in Claremont, Upland

Claremont Education Foundation OktoberfestIt’s two, two, two festivals in one as Claremont Craft Ales and Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery team up for Oktoberfest this Saturday.

Partnering with the breweries is Claremont Educational Foundation. The breweries will donate 10% of beer sales to the organization.

The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday (October 26).

A yellow school bus will shuttle participants between the two breweries every half hour.

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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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Rockin’ Pizza Pub hosting Route 66 fundraiser tomorrow

Upland’s Rockin’ Pizza Pub is hosting a fundraiser tomorrow (May 30) for Route 66 IECA, a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve historically significant landmarks, promote international tourism and promote businesses along Route 66, specifically in the Inland Empire.

The restaurant will donate a portion of sales from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to the organization, earmarked for the restoration of the Cucamonga Service Station.

Rockin’ Pizza Pub is at 1490 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite D, Upland.

For more information, click here for the Facebook event page.

Pine Haven Cafe celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday

It’s the restaurant’s first anniversary, and our friends from Pine Haven Cafe are celebrating all day Saturday (May 11)!

The party kicks off at 7 a.m., with free two-stacks of pancakes until 10 a.m.

The fun continues with $1 bacon-wrapped hot dogs, housemade potato chips, chicken taco, pulled pork sliders and Sharon’s gooey cake from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dale Bros. Brewery and Cold Stone Creamery will be providing free samples from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Then from 6 to 9 p.m., the restaurant will host a cocktail hors d’œuvre dance party for those 21 and older.

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‘Soup’s On!’ fundraiser to benefit Upland’s Grace Lutheran Church preschool

From 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (May 3), Grace Lutheran Church in Upland is hosting a ‘Soup’s On!’ fundraiser for its preschool.

The menu will consist of all-you-can-eat soup, bread, water, tea, juice and coffee, plus ice cream and cookies for dessert.

Cost is $25 per person or $50 for a family ticket. Tickets are available online here.

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What’s the name of Dale Bros. Brewery’s new IPA? You decide!

During its recent 10th anniversary celebration, Dale Bros. Brewery took suggestions for a name for its new Imperial IPA.

The folks at the brewery have narrowed the list down to three (Hopped Upland Imperial IPA, Galaxy Imperial IPA and Inland Empire Imperial IPA), and are looking to pick a winner.

That’s where you come in.

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New at Pine Haven Cafe: Thursday lunch buffet!

We already know that Upland’s Pine Haven Cafe has a delicious (and, at $7.99, reasonably priced!) Sunday breakfast buffet.

Last week, the restaurant added a new weekly special — a Thursday lunch buffet!

The buffet, which runs from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., is $9.95.

Buffet choices will vary from week to week.

Today’s (February 28) buffet features a Parisian salad, Burgundy beef, jasmine rice, soup and a dessert.

Pine Haven Cafe is at 1191 E. Foothill Blvd., at the GuestHouse Hotel and Suites.

For updates, follow Pine Haven on Facebook.