Update: The restaurant is back open already!
This is not an April Fool’s joke.
San Bernardino’s Mongolian Bar-B-Q, 1488 E. Highland Ave., has been shut down by the county health department due to a rodent infestation, according to a health department official.
During the restaurant’s recent inspection on February 19, the inspector noted:
“Observed mice droppings on top of canned foods. Ensure to continue the use of pest control. Ensure to seal holes in walls behind ice machine.”
The inspector also noted that the restaurant complied on the same day.
LA/Ontario International Airport has never been a culinary hotbed, but it just got a little bit worse.
The Applebee’s in Terminal 2 (AeroMexico, Alaska/Horizon, Continental, Delta, Great Lakes and United/United Express) has closed, “temporarily.”
That narrows your food choices in that terminal down to El Paseo Cafe & Bar, Schlotzsky’s Deli and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
Our suggestion: Leave early and stop at In-N-Out on the way to the airport.
Click here for the full story from Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reporter Liset Márquez.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
As I arrived to work today, I was greeted by David Allen, who told me that he received word that Rancho Cucamonga’s Rapour Restaurant and Lounge had shut down.
It’s a shame…and I’m not just saying that because they quoted me in their advertising.
Fans of Osuna’s Mexican Grill in Rancho Cucamonga take note: They have closed.
However, they promise to return soon to a new location, according to this Facebook post.
The former location at 12592 Foothill Blvd. Suite 100, may have closed, but the small chain is still taking catering orders at 909-803-2200.
Also, it appears to be business as usual at its Walnut and Glendora locations.
For updates, check Osuna’s Facebook page.
We’re overdue for a roundup of Inland Empire restaurant changes:
- Red Buffalo, formerly at 2525 N. Del Rosa Ave., San Bernardino, has closed. The restaurant opened early in 2011 and was mostly known for its chicken wings and its bargain prices.
- Rubio’s “retired” its Upland location at 140 S. Mountain Ave., Suite C, this summer. For those of you who were clamoring for a Panda Express to take its place, your wish has been granted. Thanks to reader Carl for the updates.
- Jaws Fish, Shrimp and Chicken, was quickly replaced by Jennie’s Chinese Food, which itself is now closed. Perhaps 2388 Arden Ave., San Bernardino, is not such a great location for a restaurant.
- This happened a while ago, but I don’t think we’ve mentioned it here. San Bernardino has one less Amapola Rico Taco. It’s a shame, since the location at 1060 Harriman Place was one of the two which hosted a delicious Sunday brunch.
- The former Tasty Goody Chinese Fast Food at 601 E. Foothill Blvd., Rialto, is now Ajuberto’s Mexican Food.
- A new Johnny Rockets has opened in the Inland Empire. The location at 71800 Highway 111, Suite A134, in Rancho Mirage is apparently also the second-largest in the U.S., bested only by the one at Knott’s Berry Farm.
Have you seen any new restaurants in your neighborhood? Of has the place down the street closed? Let us know by commenting below or contacting us on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook!
Loma Linda’s Kool Kactus Cafe has served its penultimate lunch service.
The longtime Mexican food restaurant quietly closed about a week and a half ago.
Owner Carole Inman closed the restaurant in order to focus on her existing catering business, aptly named “Catering by Carole,” and a new sauce and seasoning business.
A visit to the old Kool Kactus website now leads to the catering business.
Fans of the cafe have one last chance, however, to get a fish taco, or perhaps a squash burrito or spinach mushroom enchiladas.
Kool Kactus will have its grand finale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (November 9), and will have its regular menu, including its usual Friday-only fish tacos.
Kool Kactus Cafe is at 24957 Redlands Blvd.
For more information, click here for the Facebook event page.
As we’ve noted before, this economy has not been kind to restaurants.
Even chain fast-food restaurants have been affected, as seen by the closure of several Arby’s in the Pomona area and several Wienerschnitzel locations in the Fontana area.
Recently, two higher-profile restaurants appear to have closed as well.
Mardi Gras in downtown San Bernardino has apparently ceased operations. There was no activity at the Cajun and Creole restaurant during a couple of recent visits. The restaurant’s website, however, is still up and running.
The location, 201 N. E St., formerly housed Isabella’s Ristorante, which still operates locations in Redlands and Calimesa.
The other restaurant that appears to have closed, it pains us to report, is where we shook hands with Chef Gordon Ramsay. Charlie’s Italian Cafe in La Verne was the subject of “Kitchen Nightmares” television show filming in October of last year.
We were invited to the eatery’s grand reopening at the end of Ramsay’s rehab.
The dinner was very good and I enjoyed some of the best lasagna of my life.
It appears the reprieve did not last.
A recent visit turned up a darkened restaurant, empty refrigerated case and overturned chairs on the patio.
I’m hoping for better days for Charlie’s co-owner Tatiana Leyva.
Click here to watch Charlie’s “Kitchen Nightmares” episode.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Upland reporter Sandra Emerson has written that Boomers Coffeehouse in downtown Upland will close after making only about five rent payments in the past two years to its landlord, the City of Upland.
Boomers had been open for nearly 19 years.
Boomers’ last day is set for Saturday (July 21). The coffeehouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the owners are inviting loyal customers down for a closing celebration.
Boomers is at 220 E. A St.
Click here to read Sandra’s article.
Well, where have two of the Arby’s gone, anyway?
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen tipped us off to the first one, a circa-1970 location in Pomona, on Garey Avenue.
One day the restaurant was open and the next, poof! They even dismantled the hat-shaped neon sign and carted it away.
Let’s hope they found a good home for the sign.
Apparently it was one of 10 or less in the United States that still retained the hat-shaped sign and the chuckwagon-shaped building.
Click here to read his post and reminisce.
An aside: Remember when you could tell fast food restaurants strictly by their architecture?
On the heels of that announcement, reader Carl contacted us via Facebook to let us know that the Ontario location (on Milliken Avenue across from Ontario Mills), had closed and was being replaced by the Holiday Cafe. He even included a photo.
What changes have you seen in your neighborhood? Let us know via email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or simply leave a comment below.
Update: Another Arby’s falls: Reports of a Chino location (on Philadelphia Street near the Target, open since late 2009?) closing as well have surfaced on Facebook.
Arby’s chat continues on David Allen’s blog, where he shares commercials filmed at the recently-closed Ontario location.
The Redlands Daily Facts is reporting that, after 34 years, the Redlands Marie Callender’s will close permanently on Sunday (May 13).
That brings the number of Inland Empire Marie Callender’s restaurants to seven: Ontario, Claremont, Victorville, Riverside, Corona, Temecula and Hemet.
Click here to read the article by the Facts’ Kristina Hernandez.