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.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the neighborhood eatery…
Jaws Fish, Shrimp and Chicken (whose 99 deals are shown at left) has moved into the space
formerly occupied by Serrano’s Triple Cheese at 2388 Arden Ave., San
New China Wok has opened where the Sixth Street Deli used to be, 1231 E. Washington St., Suite C, Colton.
The Redlands Open Kitchen has moved from 402 Orange St. to 1532 Barton Road.
The Highland Open Kitchen Buffet is now called Best Kitchen Buffet.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened in the Ontario Mills food court.
Apparently, the Upland Togo’s at 110 S. Mountain Ave., Suite B, has gone under. (Thanks to reader Carl for the update!)
Citrus Deli and Naan Cafe have opened in Redlands. Both are in the Citrus Village Plaza, 700 E. Redlands Blvd. Click here to read Ed Castro’s article on the new eateries.
Noticed a new restaurant in your travels? Or perhaps a local restaurant has closed. Let us know via email, on Twitter, on Facebook, or Google+.
This one hurts.
The San Bernardino La Costa Ostioneria, 464 S. Mount Vernon Ave., has closed.
In a city full of Mexican restaurants, La Costa, housed in a former Dairy Queen, was our top pick for authentic Mexican fare and delicious seafood.
Not sure exactly when it closed, but the most recent review on Yelp is from the end of January.
I realize there’s another location in Redlands and although I believe the two restaurants were connected at one time, they haven’t been for a long time.
I’m really going to miss La Costa. Somebody let us know if Lupe and crew surface somewhere else.
This has not been a good time to be a Denny’s in San Bernardino.
As foretold to me by a Dine 909er (thanks, Sue!), the south San Bernardino Denny’s at 1185 Rosewood Drive has gone the way of its old school brethren on Orange Show Road.
The location closed February 12.
That marks the second San Bernardino Denny’s to close in just a few short months.
This location, however, closed to make room for progress. In this case, a Caltrans project.
A new on-ramp will cut right through Denny’s old parking lot.
Now “only” two San Bernardino Denny’s remain: Highland Avenue (at Valencia Avenue) and Palm Avenue (at I-215).
It seems as though there’s been a flurry of activity on the Inland Empire restaurant scene lately.
Reporter Wendy Leung has documented the changes happening in Rancho Cucamonga.
Highland’s In-N-Out and San Bernardino’s Five Guys are finally under construction, while a decades-old Burger King has given up the ghost.
Chino will see one Hawaiian restaurant replaced with another.
Back in Highland, Dairy Queen has moved out of its longtime digs at 27224 Base Line and is nearly ready to move into its new digs at 26897 Base Line, about a block away and across the street.
In Redlands, Buffet Star has moved into the spot that was vacated by Canton Bistro at 9980 Alabama Street, Suite A.
In Montclair, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen reports that the Central Avenue Long John Silvers has been shuttered.