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.
A Hawaiian pizza is the latest weapon in the fight against cystic fibrosis.
The pie, a creation of a 10-year-old named Harry, is made with red sauce, mozzarella, ham, pineapple and cilantro.
You see, Harry’s friend, Morgan Johnson, 12, is battling the disease.
Pieology Pizzeria is using Harry’s pizza to raise funds to help his friend and other folks in the same situation.
Through June 1, Pieology is donating 15% of all sales of Mo Jo’s Hawaiian Pizza to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
We’ve been tracking the progress of several new eateries in Upland’s Colonies Crossroads, with Panera Bread, Pick Up Stix and Chipotle opening in recent months.
The latest is just about to open.
The Inland Empire’s newest Habit Burger Grill will officially open to the public at 10:30 a.m. on April 2, but the restaurant will host three fundraisers before that date.
Craving some Asian pastries, but don’t feel like driving all the way to Chino Hills to go to the 85°C Bakery Cafe?
Then simply head to Uncle Chuang’s Bakery in Riverside’s University Village.
The bakery opened late last year, but we finally got around to stopping by today to check it out.
Yucaipa’s Pizza Chalet is on the move!
Its lease was not renewed at its longtime location at 34579 Yucaipa Blvd., so the owners moved the pizzeria about a block down the street to 34299 Yucaipa Blvd., in the former Community Bank building.
The new location was scheduled to open last week, but the opening was pushed back due to problems with the gas meter installation.
For updates, check the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Update: The restaurant is open at its new location and is hiring! Click here for details.
It’s a market.
No, it’s a deli.
The Brick Market and Deli recently opened at 105 E. Arrow Highway (at Garey Avenue) in Pomona.
The Brick will be celebrating its grand opening Saturday (March 1) and will be holding a drawing for a Sony Blu-Ray player.
Not all the new eateries are moving into the new, eastern section of Upland’s Colonies Crossroads.
Coming soon to the former Taco Factory spot in the older, northern section at 1945 N. Campus Ave., Suite C, is Souvlla Greek Grill.
The restaurant is hiring.