San Bernardino Elephant Bar to be reborn as Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant

Jiro's Japanese RestaurantWe’ve been watching construction going on at the former Elephant Bar at 1050 E. Harriman Place in San Bernardino and had figured out it was going to be Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant, but then San Bernardino Sun reporter Ryan Hagen came along and filled in the blanks for us.

The new restaurant is expected to open in May.

We’re thinking it should do well, since there hasn’t been a Japanese restaurant in the Hospitality Lane area since Yamazato of Japan closed in December 2008.

And, no, we’re not counting Seattle’s Best Teriyaki.

Read Ryan’s article here.

Tokyo Tokyo is now Shin Bashi

TokyoTokyoAs I was on my way to the final Auntie Anne’s Happy Hour at Ontario Mills today, I noticed a banner hanging outside the center’s outlying Tokyo Tokyo Japanese restaurant.

The longtime restaurant (I believe it’s been there nearly as long as the Mills itself) is under new management.

Along with that comes a name change: Shin Bashi Japanese Cuisine.

It’s associated with a Pomona restaurant of the same name.

Shin Bashi is at 990 Ontario Mills Drive, Suite H.

RA Sushi gearing up for annual Nicky’s Week fundraiser

Nicky's Week 9The RA Sushi chain (which has locations in Chino Hills and Corona) is gearing up once again for its Nicky’s Week fundraiser, which runs Sunday (May 26) through Saturday, June 1.

The campaign raises funds for cancer research and treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The chain will generously donate 100% of proceeds from the sales of select food and beverage items to St. Jude’s.

Head over the jump for a full list.

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Waba Grill now open in Highland

Reader Steve let me know that Waba Grill Teriyaki House has recently opened a location in Highland.

The restaurant, at 27923 Greenspot Road, Suite D, joins other Inland Empire Waba Grill locations in Yucaipa, Ontario, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino and Corona.

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Sushi Tomo opens in San Bernardino

A new all-you-can-eat sushi place has opened up a couple of weeks ago here in San Bernardino.

Sushi Tomo has moved in to the spot formerly occupied by a combination Baskin-Robbins/Togo’s, which moved into a different location in the same plaza late last year.

The big question: Is it better than Miyagi Sushi?

Judging from the very few reviews on Yelp, people are generally happy about it, but it concerns me a little that there might be a connection with Rock N’ Roll Sushi just up the street, which we tried about a year ago and will likely never return to.

Sushi Tomo is at 4275 N. University Parkway.

Have you been there yet? Feel free to comment below.

Canton Bistro shuttered

After a delicious Italian meal at Redlands’ Isabella’s Ristorante, the Dine 909 crew decided to swing by the newly-opened Five Guys Burgers and Fries to see if the line was out the door.

Well, it was busy, but no huge line.

Then we decided to swing by Canton Bistro, which is in the same shopping center.

The Asian fusion restaurant had, in the past few months, gone from serving lunch and dinner to just serving dinner to just being open as a nightclub.

Well, its fortunes have fallen further still.

We found a red “illegal to enter” sign posted on the inside of the front doors.

In this recession, restaurants seem to be having a particularly hard time, but I’m sure it didn’t help that another Asian restaurant opened its doors just across the parking lot last year.

Iron Chef, Roberto’s close up shop

In last week’s Dine 909 column, I mentioned that long-time Highland restaurant Roberto’s Pizza and Italian Dining, 3669 Highland Ave., is “closed until further notice.” A reader had emailed us of the closure.

Following up on another email, from reader Shawn, I went by the Iron Chef Cafe, 4275 E. Concours Drive., #30, Ontario, this week to discover it too, has closed.

The reader noted that they began a “kitchen remodel” back in October and never re-opened.

A red do-not-enter sign was displayed in the front door.

The Chinese/Japanese restaurant opened at the end of 2008.

Are you ready to RA-ck?

Caution: Puns a-plenty ahead!

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant at The Shoppes at Chino Hills is hosting a Red Carpet RA-ck Star party beginning at 9 p.m. tonight (October 28). The party lasts until 1 a.m.

Guests are invited to channel their inner rock star as they dress to
walk the red carpet and get “inked” up by temporary tattoo artist.

Food specials include the aptly-named Hotel California Roll ($5), RA-ck Star
Roll ($5) and Pour Some Tempura Scallops on Me ($5). Themed drinks
include Bad to the Bone Beer Specials ($3), the Tastes Like Teen Spirit
cocktail ($5) and Welcome to the Jungle Juice ($6).

DJ Digi will be spinning a mix of rock and Top 40 all night all night long.

Those who enter the RA-ck Star Air Guitar Contest will have a chance to
win a RA gift basket filled with goodies.

The Chino Hills RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is at 13925 City Center Drive. RA has another Inlane Empire location in Corona.

Get your sizzle on at Gyu-Kaku

Gyu-Kaku, the Japanese barbecue restaurant where you cook your own food at your table, is again featuring an all-night happy hour, starting at 8:30pm to last call!

That means 99-cent draft beer, 50% off all appetizers, and $2.95 BBQ items. A minimum purchase of $10 is required, but with Harami Miso and Kalbi Garlic tantalizing your tastebuds, I think you’ll find that more than easy enough to meet. More details can be found in their monthly specials.

Note: The Kalbi Garlic is very, very good.

Gyu-Kaku is conveniently located in Victoria Gardens on 7893 Monet Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.