The 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.
[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.
The long-anticipated Souplantation has opened in Chino Hills.
It’s the first of its restaurants to sport a new, fresh design.
The restaurant had its soft opening last month, but will be hosting a grand opening fundraiser on Thursday (July 10).
P.F. Chang’s. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. And now, Paul Martin’s American Grill.
The trifecta is complete.
Paul Martin’s, the third of Paul Fleming’s restaurants at Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens, officially opened Monday (June 23).
Pizza fans! Mark your calendars for next Tuesday (June 17).
That’s the day the new Blaze Pizza will be giving out free pizza.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pasadena-based Blaze Pizza opened its first Inland Empire location yesterday (April 24), in the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon, at 48650 Seminole Drive, #1108.
Blaze, founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels) is a one-price, as-many-toppings-as-you-like pizzeria, with pizzas fast-fired in three minutes.
Riverside County’s first Pieology opens this Thursday (April 17).
The new location is at 2347 California Ave., Suite 102, Corona.
And before you ask, we don’t have an update on when the Upland location, 1071 E. 19th St., Suite A, (in the Colonies Crossroads) will open.