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.

Fontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill goes upscale with new addition

Tio's Grille and CantinaFontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill, 16953 Sierra Lakes Parkway, just went upscale with the addition of Tio’s Grille & Cantina next door.

The new place — which had its grand opening on Saturday — looks amazing!

It’s truly a family affair, as the owners’ niece, who operates designstiles, created the look.

You can check out the pics (from Sabra Lattos Photography) here.

Share Italian with the Let’s Dine Out crew

Reservations are now being taken for the latest Let’s Dine Out Show Grub Club event.

Allen Borgen and crew will host diners at Domenico’s Italian Kitchen, 890 Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont. The event is scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8.

Participants will sample 14 different dishes, including four different pizzas. Cost is $42 per person, which includes tax, tip and a non-alcoholic beverage.

For more information, including a full menu, click here. To make a reservation, click here.

Chocolate Decadence, wine festival coming to Pechanga this weekend

WineFestChocDecTemecula’s Pechanga Resort and Casino has a pair of delectable events this weekend that are sure to delight any food lover.

The resort’s annual Chocolate Decadence is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (February 27).

The event features both sweet and savory chocolate treats, along with more than 30 wineries featuring over 100 champagnes, sparkling and dessert wines specially selected for pairing.

Attendees will also be able to sample desserts and other confections created by Pechanga’s pastry chefs.

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Get a free gold bar (aka chicken egg roll) at Panda Express tomorrow

Free Gold BarPanda Express is celebrating Chinese New Year tomorrow (February 19) in typical Panda Express fashion — by giving away free food!

In this case, it’s a free gold bar — otherwise known as a chicken egg roll — with the coupon that can be found here.

No purchase is necessary, and you can either print the coupon or show it on your mobile device.

Happy New Year!

Carolyn’s Cafe hosting another BBQ night Saturday

Carolyn's BBQ NightFans know Carolyn’s Cafe in Redlands is a great spot for breakfast or lunch.

However, man (and woman) does not live on breakfast and lunch alone. So, Carolyn’s Cafe is hosting another of its rare BBQ Nights this Saturday (February 21).

The restaurant will be serving pulled pork and brisket plates and sandwiches and a Southwest bacon avocado burger, along with side dishes and desserts — including Carolyn’s deliciously decadent coffee cake.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., but you probably want to get there early to avoid any sell-outs.

Carolyn’s Cafe is at 1711 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite 101.

For more information, click here.

10¢ froyo at Pinkberry on Friday, with a catch

Pinkberry 10th anniversaryPinkberry is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a trio of limited-time flavors — Sea Salt Chocolate, Passion Fruit and Raspberry White Chocolate — and by offering small cups of frozen yogurt with toppings for just 10¢ from 7 p.m. to close tomorrow (January 30).

However, there’s a catch on the 10¢ deal.

The promotion is only available at a limited number of participating locations, and none of the Inland Empire locations — Rancho Cucamonga, Mira Loma, Chino Hills and Corona — are on that list.

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It’s Sofritas Monday at Chipotle Mexican Grill

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

Chipotle Mexican Grill is giving away free food in a promotion for the restaurant’s Sofritas, its organic tofu filling.

But before you head on over and demand a burrito, here’s how it works: Simply head to any location today (January 26) and order any entrée with Sofritas. Then simply bring your receipt back any time between Tuesday (January 27) and February 28 and you’ll get a free burrito, salad, bowl or order of tacos.

Pretty simple, huh? It’s a deal even carnivores can enjoy.

For more information, click here.

Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Get ready for the Upland Dunkin’ Donuts with a free $5 card

DD PerksDunkin’ Donuts just started a promotion to get folks to sign up for its DD Perks loyalty program.

The first 100,000 people to sign up for the program via the chain’s mobile app will receive a free $5 card in addition to the free beverage normally given out with new memberships.

Simply use the promo code BONUS when you sign up.

The deal expires Friday (January 16).

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Fundraiser for SBPD Officer Gabe Garcia at Mexico Cafe today

Gabe Garcia Mexico Cafe FundraiserWhat’s for dinner?

How about a heaping helping of philanthropy?

The Mexico Cafe and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association is hosting a fundraiser at the restaurant today (December 8) for San Bernardino Police Officer Gabe Garcia, who is recovering after being shot back in August.

All tips and donations will be given to his family to help with his rehabilitation.

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