So long Famous Dave’s and Joe’s Crab Shack

The lights are on, but nobody's servin' crab buckets inside.

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Two chains have recently closed locations here in the Inland Empire: Joe’s Crab Shack in Rancho Cucamonga and Famous Dave’s in Temecula.

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Haandi out, Grill 8 in in Rancho Cucamonga


Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen recently told me that the Rancho Cucamonga Indian restaurant Haandi had closed.

The news was a little surprising, since the restaurant was well-regarded, and even was voted the Inland Valley’s best Indian cuisine several years in a row.

In its place is Grill 8, which, according to its logo, specializes in beer, burgers and wings.

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Del Rosa Taco Tia location to become The Flame Broiler


The last remaining San Bernardino Taco Tia, at 2535 Del Rosa Ave., closed earlier this year.

A banner has gone up at the former location indicating that The Flame Broiler will be taking its place.

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Requiem for Jason’s Deli

A moment of silence, please.

The Riverside Jason’s Deli has closed.

We were big fans of the restaurant, and appreciated its strive to use ingredients free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors. Oh, and the free ice cream. In fact, we even named it a Dine 909 favorite.

However, I can’t help but feel that the location was doomed from the start.

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North Rialto going to lose its sole supermarket

Rialto Ralph'sPoor north Rialto. Sure, you’ve got an In-N-Out Burger and a Chipotle Mexican Grill now, but what if you’re eating in?

You used to be able to shop at fresh & easy, but we all know how that turned out.

Now the only supermarket north of Base Line in the city — Ralph’s — has announced it’s closing in less than a month.

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Rancho Cucamonga Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill is closed

Longtime reader Carl tipped us off Monday night that the Victoria Gardens Toby Keith’s I This Bar & Grill has closed.

It’s just the latest of a string of closures for the chain, but whatever happened, happened pretty quickly: Yelp reviews indicate the restaurant was open Sunday night and the restaurant’s Twitter page posted a link early Monday morning to its now-nonexistent Facebook page.

A Love and Theft concert slated to take place at the venue on September 24 has been cancelled.

Several of the chain’s locations across the country have closed in the last year or so, including a Phoenix restaurant that opened earlier this year.

In August, workers in Cincinnati sued the chain for non-payment of wages and concealing the restaurant’s shutdown in July of this year. That location also had several legal issues.

Other recently shuttered locations include Oxnard, Folsom, Syracuse, N.Y., Newport News, Va., Tucson, Ariz., Orlando, Fla., Woodbridge, Va., Orange Beach, Ala., St. Louis Park, Minn., and Houston. A Rosemont, Ill. location is facing an eviction trial in October.

The restaurants are operated by Phoenix-based Boomtown Entertainment.

I This Bar & Grill? Well…maybe not so much.

The Rancho Cucamonga location, which opened in April 2012, was at 12635 North Main St.