Another wave of restaurant closures hits

In a sign that the economy still has some recovery to do, we’ve spotted four local restaurants that have closed in recent weeks.

Chino’s La Crêperie Café, an offshoot of the original in Long Beach’s Belmont Shores, has closed. The location, a former Black Angus, might’ve been just too large for La Crêperie. The original is a much more intimate location. Also, the owners have switched the small chain’s downtown Long Beach location from crepes to Mediterranean and dubbed it La Shish.

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Carlo’s Italian Bakery Pizza closes its doors

Carlo’s Italian Bakery Pizza may have closed its Montclair restaurant, but the business lives on.

A brief post on the business’ Facebook page from last Thursday explains that the restaurant is closed, but they will continue with catering and brewery events, including an event tomorrow (September 5) at Dale Bros. Brewery.

Not to infer any connection between the two events, but our very own Elaine “Lunch with ‘Lainey” Lehman wrote a favorable review of Carlo’s just a few weeks ago.

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Qdoba Mexican Grill to close nearly 20 percent of company-operated locations

Jack in the Box-owned Qdoba Mexican Grill will close 67 of its 340 company-operated locations by the end of September, the company announced this week.

The closures don’t affect any of the company’s 307 franchise locations.

However, the company plans to offset the closures with 70 to 75 new locations, including about 40 which will be company-operated.

A list of locations has not been released.

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Mongolian Bar-B-Q in San Bernardino closed due to health violations

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.
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Heading to LA/Ontario International Airport? You might want to pack a lunch

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.