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.

Pacific Western Bank’s annual food drive on through February 28

For the third year, Pacific Western Bank is hosting a food drive for Inland Valley Hope Partners.

Eight branches (five of which are in the Inland Empire) are participating: Corona, Claremont, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and Upland.

The bank has set a goal to collect 500 food items per location. Last year it collected three tons of food, which helped feed about 150 families for a week.

Since 1968, Inland Valley Hope Partners has provided food, shelter and supportive services to children and families in need. It provides close to 70,000 pounds of food every month, so your donations are definitely needed.

If you would like to host a food drive at your company please call Fran Robertson at Inland Valley Hope Partners 909-622-3806x 231.

Inland Valley Hope Partners has provided food shelter and supportive services since 1968.

Dale Bros. Brewery gearing up to celebrate ten years

Practically the granddaddy of all the Inland Empire breweries, Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, February 16.

The event will take place from 2 to 10 p.m. at the brewery, 2120 Porterfield Way.

The celebration will feature two special beers brewed just for the event; small-batch beers tapped every hour from 4 to 8 p.m.; live music; games (Giant Jenga!); food from the Grilled Cheese TruckGarlicscapes and P Train’s BBQ; and dessert from Brewcakes and Dr. Bob’s (Dale Bros. ice cream treats!).

Plus all of Dale Bros. most popular beers will be on tap all day.

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Have breakfast or lunch in your jammies at Molly’s Souper

Fellow columnist and blogger David Allen stumbled upon a Christmas tradition while having lunch at Molly’s Souper in Upland.

The staff were in their pajamas!

The tradition isn’t limited to the staff…customers who show up in their nightclothes get a free hot cocoa and apple crisp.

You can read David’s reaction here.

Molly’s Souper is at 388 N. First Ave., Upland.