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Indoor dining rooms have closed again after Riverside County returned to the purple tier, while San Bernardino County remained at that most restricted level.
And Hemet’s Hometown Buffet has closed permanently because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But there is happy news in the Inland Empire as well. Farmer Boys is going forward with a long-delayed celebration of its 100th store. And a Claremont brewery received a coveted national honor.
Here are some of the happenings in the region:
Rising coronavirus rates forced Riverside County back into the most restrictive tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening framework Tuesday. The move means that restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and places of worship can no longer have limited indoor operations. Read more.
Columnist John Plessel shares how Claremont Craft Ales did at the Great American Beer Festival. Also, a new restaurant has gone into the former Rancho Cucamonga Rock & Brews. In Redlands, LemonShark Poké has rebranded with a new concept. Read more.
Declining business and loss of lease also played a factor in the permanent closure of the buffet, but the chain is permanently shutting down some of its restaurants nationwide. Read more.
Taco Bell has brought back its Steal a Base, Steal a Taco promotion and the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts already procured a free Doritos Locos Taco for the masses in Game 1 on Tuesday night. However, the promotion will be a little different this year with fans being able to book times to pick up the free taco. Read more.
The chain, which started in Perris, is holding grand opening celebration this weekend for its new drive-thru, which actually opened a few months back. Read more.
The chain is retiring the fan favorite as it shortens its menu. Find out why one New Jersey resident started a petition in a bid to keep this decades-old menu option from disappearing. Read more.