A new Mexican cuisine restaurant has opened at the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside.
Ay Mipa! is at 3775 Tyler St., Unit 1B, near Yard House and AMC Theaters.
The location used to be Famous Dave’s.
In addition to burritos and tacos, the menu also includes a selection of steaks and seafood.
Hours are limited during the restaurant’s soft-open phase, opening for dinner at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and offering brunch from 11 a.m. on Sunday.
New in the red lands
Another hot chicken option has landed in Redlands.
Cluck Kitchen opened in July in the Mountain Grove Mall at 27511 San Bernardino Ave., Suite 130.
It’s where Jimmy John’s used to be.
The shop specializes in hot Nashville chicken sandwiches, wings, tenderloins and nuggets, but customers can also order mild “Country Fried” chicken.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The new chain also has a location in Irvine.
New to Riverside
A new boba tea shop has opened in Riverside.
Sleepy Kitea is now open at 1725 Spruce St., Suite 103.
In addition to boba drinks, the shop also offers a limited amount of merchandise, including boba plushies and stickers featuring the shop’s ultra-cute logo.
Online ordering is available through Grubhub.
The boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Mark your calendars
Redlands Oktoberfest is set to be a two-day event this year.
It’s the first time in the history of the event — hosted by the Redlands Optimist Club — that it will be a multi-day affair.
The event is scheduled for Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2 at Sylvan Park in Redlands.
Hours are noon to 7 p.m. both days.
Local breweries Escape Craft Brewing, Hangar 24 Craft Brewing, Ritual Brewing Co. and Brewcaipa Brewing Co. will provide beer.
Tickets are $10 for a weekend pass. Saturday-only passes are also $10, while a Sunday-only pass is $8. Admission is free for those under 21.
There is also an option to help support the Optimist Club with a cash donation.
Tickets are available now on the Redlands Oktoberfest website: www.redlandsoktoberfest.com.
Also in Redlands, the date has been announced for the Family Service Association of Redlands’ annual Dinner in the Grove fundraiser. The event will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24.
Tickets are not yet available, but should be available soon at www.redlandsfamilyservice.org/dig.html.
Reservations must be made by September 7.
In last week’s column about the new Rancho Cucamonga Kalaveras restaurant, I mentioned that old timers might remember it as The Whole Enchilada.
My fellow columnist David Allen emailed me and had a few words.
He suggested the real elders might remember the location – 10276 Foothill Blvd. — like that of Socorro.
Socorro lasted from 1981 (after moving from a location farther west on Foothill Boulevard, which it had occupied since 1969) to 2001, according to a 2009 David blog post.
Blog readers remembered Socorro’s original location at 9671 Foothill Blvd., which became Renee’s New Mexico and is now home to The Deli.
Thank you all for helping uncover the history of the Inland Empire Restoration.