San Bernardino Elephant Bar to be reborn as Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant

Jiro's Japanese RestaurantWe’ve been watching construction going on at the former Elephant Bar at 1050 E. Harriman Place in San Bernardino and had figured out it was going to be Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant, but then San Bernardino Sun reporter Ryan Hagen came along and filled in the blanks for us.

The new restaurant is expected to open in May.

We’re thinking it should do well, since there hasn’t been a Japanese restaurant in the Hospitality Lane area since Yamazato of Japan closed in December 2008.

And, no, we’re not counting Seattle’s Best Teriyaki.

Read Ryan’s article here.

Golden Corral coming to San Bernardino

Circus Vargas and the giant pumpkin patch/Christmas tree lot are going to have to find a new home.

That’s because a Golden Corral is planned for the southeast corner of Waterman Avenue and Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino — right where those temporary businesses are usually located.

It’ll be the fifth Southern California location for the buffet chain, following Hesperia, Industry, El Centro and a planned Bellflower restaurant.

No opening date has been set.

Brätworks celebrating grand opening tomorrow with buy-one-get-one-free deal

Bratworks Grand OpeningAlthough San Bernardino’s Brätworks has been open several months now, the gourmet hot dog shop is celebrating (or is that cele-brät-ing?) its grand opening tomorrow (February 7).

From 10 a.m.-midnight, guests will be able to take advantage of a buy one, get one free deal on all the restaurant’s “classic works” hot dogs.

In addition, there will be prizes and giveaways from 10 a.m.-noon, a DJ and face painting from noon-4 p.m., free grilled cheese for kids from 4-7 p.m. and half-price beer from 7 p.m.-midnight.

Brätworks is at 4235 N. University Parkway, Suite 102.

Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Wing Stop and Major Brain Freeze Yogurt coming to north Rialto

Rialto 1There’s been quite a bit of speculation about that plot of land on Riverside Avenue just south of the 210 Freeway in north Rialto where Fire Station 202 used to be and is currently home to the city’s In-N-Out Burger.

When the project was announced back in 2010, we were sure one of the tenants was going to be In-N-Out, but it was only going to take up one of the plot’s three acres.

In 2011, the plan was to use the other two acres for another fast-food outlet and a full-service restaurant.

Miguel’s Jr. was, for a long time, expected to be the other fast-food outlet.

All three restaurants were expected to be open by the end of that year. That didn’t happen.

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Jersey Mike’s Subs now open in Menifee

The number of Inland Empire Jersey Mike’s Subs grew by one this week. The new location opened Wednesday (September 3) in Menifee.

The site is celebrating its grand opening with a fundraiser for Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary School.

A total of 7,000 coupons were distributed locally, offering a free regular sub with the purchase of a regular sub and a $2 or more donation to the school. The coupons are valid through Sunday.

The new Jersey Mike’s is at 27774 Newport Road.

Menchie’s celebrating grand opening in Temecula

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt has opened at 32195 Temecula Parkway, Suite 102, in Temecula.

The new location is celebrating with grand opening specials all week:

  • Today (July 28): $1 yogurt hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday (July 29): Kids under 10 years old eat free (up to 10 ounces) from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday (July 30): 50% off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday (July 31): Free dodge balls to the first 25 guests, starting at 3 p.m.
  • Friday (August 1): Buy one get one free yogurt from 8 to 11 p.m.

Other Inland Empire Menchie’s locations include Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga and Hesperia.

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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