Less than a week to help out Upland’s Padua Pasta Makers

Maria Rogers and Wendy Gallal are gearing up to open Padua Pasta Makers in downtown Upland and are in the process of raising funds for the business via Kickstarter. Their goal is to raise $20,000 to help complete construction and pay for start-up costs. They have until July 30.

The Italian deli will specialize in fresh pasta and ravioli made from scratch daily.

Perks for donors range from a hearty ‘thank you’ for a $10 donation to a full day of making pasta, plus dinner for four, a goodie bag and a signature slotted spoon for a $1,000 donation.

If you wish to help them out, click here.

For more information, click here to for Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reporter Liset Márquez’s article on the business.

El Kiosco Mexican Restaurant to remain in Rialto location

It’s been a roller coaster month for the owners of Rialto’s El Kiosco Mexican Restaurant.

The restaurant closed late last month when the restaurant’s owners were unable to come to a new lease agreement with the property owners. It appeared that the Morden family would be vacating the spot in Rialto where they’ve operated their restaurant for 25 years and transferring their business to their Redlands location, El Kiosco Express.

The good news is they were finally able to come to an agreement with the property owners and have signed a new three-year lease for the Rialto location.

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Victorville Steak N’ Shake delayed slightly, set to open Monday

Victorville Steak 'n ShakeThe High Desert seems to be kind of a testing ground for restaurant chains. If a chain only has one California location, it feels like it’s usually up in the High Desert.

When Golden Corral returned to the state, it first showed up in Hesperia.

California’s first Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers was built in Victorville.

The first civilian-accessible Dunkin’ Donuts in the chain’s recent return to California was in Barstow.

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N7 Creamery celebrating grand opening this weekend

[N7] Creamery has been open for a little while now, but the bakery/coffeehouse/liquid nitrogen ice cream shop is celebrating its grand opening this weekend.

In fact, the festivities have already begun.

An art walk is going on until 10 p.m. tonight (July 11). More than a dozen artists are participating in the event.

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Blaze Pizza coming to Riverside Plaza, offering free pizza for a day

Blaze PizzaPizza fans! Mark your calendars for next Tuesday (June 17).

That’s the day the new Blaze Pizza will be giving out free pizza.

Yes…free!

It’s the second Inland Empire location for the chain, which opened at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon back in April.

The new pizzeria is in Riverside Plaza, at 3540 Riverside Plaza Drive, Suite 328.

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Rancho Cucamonga Jersey Mike’s Subs is open

The Inland Empire’s newest Jersey Mike’s Subs opened yesterday (June 11).

The sandwich shop has moved into the former Quiznos at 9659 Milliken Ave., #102, Rancho Cucamonga. It’s is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The location has distributed 3,000 coupons good for a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Foothill Family Shelter, Rancho Cucamonga Community Services, or Living the Dream Foundation. Customers must have a coupon to get the deal, which is good through Sunday (June 15).

Locations in Fontana and Menifee are also in the works.

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Spring brings another round of Inland Empire restaurant changes

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.

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Hang Out Cafe opens at Apple Valley Airport

Our friends from the Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza truck have finally opened their restaurant.

The Hang Out Cafe is located at the Apple Valley Airport, 21600 Corwin Road.

For now, the new restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

They plan to be open seven days a week starting in a few weeks.

The few reviews on Yelp all been overwhelmingly positive.