Downtown Upland loses two eateries

In case you missed it, downtown Upland has lost one restaurant, is losing another, but is gaining a third.

Already closed is Aria Restaurant and Lounge, which was owned by the same folks who own Antonino’s Italian Restaurant, Haandi Indian Cuisine, Sixty 6 Sports Bar and Lounge and the Magic Lamp Inn in Rancho Cucamonga.

Facebook fan Diana reports that Charlie’s Red, White and Blue American Deli and Bar is moving into the space at 296 N. Second Ave.

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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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fresh & easy sold; about 50 stores will close

The deed is done.

fresh & easy has been sold.

And in the end, it wasn’t the expected buyers, the German company Aldi Nord, which owns Trader Joe’s.

Instead, it was the former owners of Food 4 Less and Ralphs — the Los Angeles-based Yucaipa Companies — who purchased the chain from Tesco.

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Suite 106 Cupcakery is on the move

On Monday, the owners of Suite 106 Cupcakery announced that they had closed their storefront in Victoria Gardens’ Rancho Victoria Food Hall.

It’s not for lack of sales.

In fact, Suite 106 is very busy this month, with gigs at the L.A. County Fair and other catering events lined up.

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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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Roundup of recent (and not-so-recent) restaurant changes

Wow…it’s been a long while since we’ve updated everyone on restaurant changes here in the Inland Empire.

I’ve been getting bits and pieces from readers and friends and spotting a few things on my own.

Some new places I’ve already spotlighted, so go check ’em out.

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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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