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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:

Lorena Kelder of Corona, left, and Angella Kong of Murrieta prefer dining outside and don’t mind the county’s announcement of moving from the red to more restrictive purple tier which means outdoor dining only at Luna Modern Mexican Kitchen in Corona on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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.

Claremont Craft Ales won two awards at the Great American Beer Festival. (Photo by John Plessel)

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.

Damage to a window was caused by rioters at HomeTown Buffet restaurant after a night of looting and protest over the death of George Floyd in Hemet on Monday, June 1, 2020. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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 is bringing back its Doritos Locos Taco giveaway for the 2020 World Series. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Taco Bell)

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.

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David Wetzel, President of Farmer Boys, sits inside the company’s 100th restaurant Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, 2020, in Perris. Farmer Boys’ first restaurant opened in Perris 39 years ago. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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.

After decades of serving Mexican Pizza, Taco Bell is taking it off the menu. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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.



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