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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Win(e)d down on Friday this month at Vom Fass Claremont

The folks over at Vom Fass in Claremont have come up with a great way to wind down your week.

All month long, stop in the shop between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday for an evening of wine-tasting. This Friday (August 14), the shop is showcasing great wines under $10. The cost of the wine-tasting is $5 and no reservation is required.

Vom Fass is at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite C2-100.

For more information, click here.

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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Get a free small root beer float at A&W tomorrow

A&W Root Beer Float Day 2015When you think of root beer floats, there’s probably one place you think of: A&W.

The fast-food chain is celebrating National Root Beer Float Day on August 6 by giving them away.

From 2 p.m. until close, participating locations will be serving small root beer floats for free.

The giveaway is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that provides support for wounded veterans.

Last year, the company raised $200,000 for the organization.

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Juice It Up! giving away small smoothies this morning

Juice It Up Anniversary FreebieMorning people…today (August 4) is your day!

Make sure you leave a little early so you can stop at Juice It Up! on your way to wherever you’re heading.

That’s because the chain is celebrating its 20th anniversary by giving away small smoothies between 9 and 11 a.m. at participating locations.

Guests can choose either the limited-time California Cooler — made with fresh cucumber, pineapple juice, lemonade, lime sherbet and pineapple — or a Strawberry Wave — a blend of Strawberry juice, non-fat yogurt, banana, and strawberries.

Inland Empire Juice It Up! locations include San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Chino, Redlands, Hesperia, Victorville, Apple Valley, Eastvale, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Corona, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Temecula.

Rialto’s National Night Out event to again feature food trucks

Rialto National Night OutTonight (August 4) is National Night Out and while different cities celebrate in different ways, in my opinion, Rialto is doing it right.

Along with the bounce houses and the musical performances, the city has again scheduled food trucks for the event.

This year’s truck lineup includes the Greasy Wiener, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza, Suite 106 Cupcakery, Hang 10 Tacos and Drive Me Cookie.

Rialto’s National Night Out event is set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, bounded by First Street and Rialto Avenue, and Willow and Palm avenues.

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

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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J. Riley Distillery launch party is tonight in Redlands

Redlands-based J. Riley Distillery has released its first batches of whiskey for sale.

The distillery has two varieties — California Clear and 1775 — available for sale now at KB Korner Liquor, 402 E. Redlands Blvd., Redlands, and will soon be available at other retail outlets.

A launch party is slated for 7 to 10 p.m. tonight (July 25) at The District, 19 E. Citrus Ave., Suite 101.

Besides The District, J. Riley whiskey is served at several other downtown restaurants, including Darby’s American Cantina, Rok N Fondue, and The State.

For more information, click here.