Naugles has been resurrected

NauglesRemember Naugles?

The Mexican/American fast-food chain was started in Riverside by an early Del Taco cohort — Dick Naugle — back in 1970.

However, Naugle sold the three-restaurant chain in 1979 to Harold Butler, the founder of Denny’s, and Butler grew it to 225 restaurants, with several in the Inland Empire.

The chain was sold again in 1986 and then in 1988 was merged with Del Taco, when businessman Aniwar Soliman purchased both chains.

The majority of the Naugles restaurants were converted to Del Tacos shortly afterward, although some of the Naugles items lived on by making their way onto Del Taco’s menu.

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Help Brio Tuscan Grille celebrate its Sweet 16

Brio Sweet 16Brio Tuscan Grille — which has a location in Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens — is hosting a Cheers to 16 Years celebration, which runs through August 16.

The event includes two limited-edition menu items, a “Pretty in Pink” Birthday Martini and a Raspberry Ricotta Cake.

Members of the chain’s loyalty program will save $16 when they spend $50.

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The Cheesecake Factory offering half-price cheesecake slices today and Thursday

National Cheesecake Day 2015National Cheesecake Day is officially Thursday (July 30), but The Cheesecake Factory’s celebration is so big, it stretches over two days!

Today (July 29) and Thursday, dine-in guests can get any slice of cheesecake for half price.

In addition, the chain is hosting a “Say Cheesecake” contest, with a top prize of $1,000 cash.

Inland Empire locations include Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside and Rancho Mirage.

For more information, click here.

Half-price lasagna at Brio Tuscan Grille on Tuesday

Brio Lasagna Day 2015Who doesn’t love lasagna? It’s got everything: Pasta, cheese, meat, sauce, all conveniently arranged in delicious layers.

It’s really a meal in itself.

Tuesday (July 28)  is National Lasagna Day and in celebration of that fact, the fine folks at Brio Tuscan Grille — whose Rancho Cucamonga location is one of just two in California — is offering full orders of their delicious lasagna for half price.

All day, while supplies last.

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San Bernardino Jimmy John’s set to open Tuesday

Jimmy John's San BernardinoWe’ve known about the San Bernardino Jimmy John’s since we spotted it in mid-May, and initially was told it was set to open in the first part of June.

Well, it turns out that timeline was a little optimistic.

The eatery, 1060 Harriman Place, Suite C5, is now set to open on Tuesday (July 21).

The franchise owners have another location in the works.

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Farrell’s Ice Cream Challenge is back

Farrell's Ice Cream Eating Challenge 2015Do you love ice cream?

Do you really love ice cream?

If you do, and you think you’ve got what it takes, good news: Qualifications have begun for Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant’s sixth annual Splendiferously Superific Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge.

Whew…that’s a challenge just reading that.

To qualify, visit any Farrell’s between now and July 12 and pay a $20 entry fee. You’ll receive a limited-edition T-shirt, a $5 coupon for your next visit and a three-scoop sundae.

Then, wolf down that sundae as fast as you can.

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Blaze Pizza giving away pizzas at its new Victoria Gardens location Friday

Blaze PizzaBlaze Pizza has arrived in Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens and — as is tradition with the “fast fire’d” chain — it’s celebrating with a giveaway.

The pizzeria opens Thursday (June 11) and is giving away a free pizza on Friday (June 12) to followers of its social media feeds on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. And, no, you won’t get three free pizzas for following on all three.

The giveaway takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the new location, 7833 Monet Ave.

Blaze also has locations in Riverside and Cabazon, and is opening soon in Eastvale.

National Donut Day is today…here’s where to get free donuts

Today (June 5) is National Donut Day, begun during the Great Depression by the Salvation Army as a means to raise funds and bring awareness to the organization’s social service programs.

It also commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines, initially during World War I.

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Dhat Island returns tonight

Dhat Island pop-upThe original plan, after Redlands’ Dhat Island closed in November, the plan was to find a new place and reopen in the spring.

Fans are still waiting.

Tonight, however, fans will be able to enjoy some delicious Caribbean cuisine when the owners have a pop-up at Carolyn’s Cafe, 1711 Lugonia Ave., Suite 101, Redlands.

The event, which follows a similar pop-up two weeks ago, begins at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, click here and check the restaurant’s Facebook page for updates.