Regular readers of this blog know that if there is one constant here in the Inland Empire, at least in the food service industry, it is change.
Recently, it feels as if that change has accelerated, highlighted by a few major restaurant closures.
Two of those closures happened at the end of May.
Both Redlands’ Farm Artisan Foods and Highland’s SportsWatch Bar and Grill closed May 31.
Tacked on as a postscript to a story regarding a Redlands restaurant swap (Papaya Bay moving into the old Mikan/Wild Rocket space, Pieology moving into Papaya Bay’s old location), we learned that Roberto Argentina announced Tuesday via Facebook that today (May 31) would be the last day of business for Farm Artisan Foods.
Good luck getting a reservation.
Feisty Chicken & Grill, with locations in Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and Glendora, has apparently flown the coop.
I first noticed that the Glendora location was closed several weeks ago. A sign posted in the window indicated they were remodeling and would reopen soon.
Never a good sign.
Last week I drove by the Rancho Cucamonga location. Same thing.
This week I checked on the Ontario location and found the sign you see above. No work was actively going on inside the restaurant.
I’m not holding my breath.
Yucaipa’s Pizza Chalet is on the move!
Its lease was not renewed at its longtime location at 34579 Yucaipa Blvd., so the owners moved the pizzeria about a block down the street to 34299 Yucaipa Blvd., in the former Community Bank building.
The new location was scheduled to open last week, but the opening was pushed back due to problems with the gas meter installation.
For updates, check the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Update: The restaurant is open at its new location and is hiring! Click here for details.
We definitely didn’t see this one coming.
Unbeknownst to us, downtown Redlands’ Charlie Jewell’s closed toward the end last year.
Shortly before the new year, Darby’s American Cantina opened in its place.
The new restaurant is designed to be more family-friendly than its former tenant.
As announced earlier this year, Riverside’s Phood on Main served its final meals last month.
Owners Marla Cohen and Lyn Cloninger’s side business with a PG-13 name has taken off, and the duo has shut down the restaurant to focus on manufacturing and distributing their line of spices, which we’ll just call SSS for short.
Phood on Main, 3737 Main St., Suite 100, had been in downtown Riverside for seven years.
Click here for a farewell message, as posted on Facebook.
If you have had the chance to sample any of Sugarbird Desserts’ delicious baked goods, you know what a loss this is: Owner Heather Paul is shutting down the bakery.
She’s doing so to spend more time with her family.
While we will miss Sugarbird’s delicious treats, we applaud her choice.
“Amazing baker” is a great title to have. “Amazing mom” is an even better one.
Oh, remember back in February, when the Applebee’s in Terminal 2 at LA/Ontario International Airport shut down, “temporarily”?
Well, things haven’t gotten any better.
In fact, they’re worse.
Now, the T.G.I. Friday’s in Terminal 4 is no more.
Kealoha’s Taste of the Islands, which was resurrected in the old Honolulu Harry’s spot in Chino less than two years ago, has sailed off into the Hawaiian sunset.
In its place is Cruiser’s American Grill, featuring burgers, sandwiches, salads and other mainland specialties.
Cruiser’s is celebrating its grand opening today (November 22) through Sunday (November 24). Click the photo above to see some of the grand opening specials.
It’s been a short while since we’ve updated you all on recent restaurant changes.
Here’s a few that readers have tipped us on and a couple we’ve discovered just driving around the Inland Empire.
Head over the jump to get started.