Golden Corral coming to San Bernardino

Circus Vargas and the giant pumpkin patch/Christmas tree lot are going to have to find a new home.

That’s because a Golden Corral is planned for the southeast corner of Waterman Avenue and Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino — right where those temporary businesses are usually located.

It’ll be the fifth Southern California location for the buffet chain, following Hesperia, Industry, El Centro and a planned Bellflower restaurant.

No opening date has been set.

Brätworks celebrating grand opening tomorrow with buy-one-get-one-free deal

Bratworks Grand OpeningAlthough San Bernardino’s Brätworks has been open several months now, the gourmet hot dog shop is celebrating (or is that cele-brät-ing?) its grand opening tomorrow (February 7).

From 10 a.m.-midnight, guests will be able to take advantage of a buy one, get one free deal on all the restaurant’s “classic works” hot dogs.

In addition, there will be prizes and giveaways from 10 a.m.-noon, a DJ and face painting from noon-4 p.m., free grilled cheese for kids from 4-7 p.m. and half-price beer from 7 p.m.-midnight.

Brätworks is at 4235 N. University Parkway, Suite 102.

$5 sandwiches, Winternationals ticket discount at Philly’s Best

Head to the San Dimas Philly’s Best today (February 5) to pick up any sandwich for just $5, and while you’re there (or at any Philly’s Best location), you can also save $7 off advance Circle K NHRA Winternationals ticket purchases (or save $5 off tickets at the raceway).

The sandwich deal is good today only at the San Dimas location, 806C W. Arrow Highway.

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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.

San Bernardino’s Third Thursdays Food Fest returns tomorrow

Downtown San Bernardino’s Third Thursdays Food Fest returns tomorrow (January 15).

At least five Eight food trucks are scheduled for the popular monthly event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the city hall parking lot on Court Street between D and E streets.

Among the returning trucks are: Bacon MANia, Piaggio on Wheels, the Greasy Wiener and the Mocha-Lotive Express. Joining them for the first time is Crepes Bonaparte.

For updates and more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s latest open house set for this afternoon

CBTL Mexican ChocolateThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be showcasing its new Mexican chocolate beverages during its latest open house, 2 to 6 p.m. today.

During the open house, guests can choose any of three small beverages for just $2: Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended, Mexican Chocolate Latte or Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Inland Empire Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations can be found in Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Redlands, Fontana, Chino Hills, Riverside, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula.

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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Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Wing Stop and Major Brain Freeze Yogurt coming to north Rialto

Rialto 1There’s been quite a bit of speculation about that plot of land on Riverside Avenue just south of the 210 Freeway in north Rialto where Fire Station 202 used to be and is currently home to the city’s In-N-Out Burger.

When the project was announced back in 2010, we were sure one of the tenants was going to be In-N-Out, but it was only going to take up one of the plot’s three acres.

In 2011, the plan was to use the other two acres for another fast-food outlet and a full-service restaurant.

Miguel’s Jr. was, for a long time, expected to be the other fast-food outlet.

All three restaurants were expected to be open by the end of that year. That didn’t happen.

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Food trucks returning to downtown San Bernardino Thursday

We’re hoping the rain will let up Thursday (December 18) afternoon.

That’s because it’s the third Thursday of the month, and thus marks the return of food trucks to downtown San Bernardino.

The monthly event has proven very popular, with an estimated 30% increase in attendance from the inaugural event in October to last month’s event.

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