A loving farewell to IE restaurants that closed in 2021 – press enterprise


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It’s time to say hello and goodbye.

In the last days of 2021, several restaurants are opening across the Inland Empire. Columnist John Plessel has details of a new taco restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga, a third location for a local chain in Chino Hills, and an Iraqi restaurant in Upland, among others.

But it’s also the time of year when we look back on restaurants that won’t be there next year. One of the most recent to join the list is Bann Thai in Riverside, which announced a shutdown on December 23.

Still working on your vacation menu? We’ve got some tips for making roast pork and how to make a great mashed potato to go with it.

Seafood and vegetarian options were popular at the Lotus Garden in San Bernardino. (2001 photo by Steven Medd, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

Longtime favorites such as Bann Thai in Riverside and Lotus Garden in San Bernardino are some of the restaurants that won’t be around on New Years Day. Read more.

The Kahramana Restaurant is now open at 345 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland. The restaurant serves Iraqi cuisine and has a hookah lounge. (Photo by John Plessel)

More: Join a beer club in Murrieta and learn how to help people build real houses by buying gingerbread mansions. Read more.

Bann Thai, which occupies a converted home on Brockton Avenue in Riverside, will close on Thursday, December 23, 2021. (Photo by Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

The restaurant occupies a converted A-frame house on Brockton Avenue. Read more.

The mashed potatoes with parsnips are cooked in chicken broth and mashed with sour cream. (Photo by Cathy Thomas)

A key tip is to boil the potatoes in low sodium chicken broth instead of water. Read more.

A boneless pork loin is wrapped in bacon and roasted with red or Baby Dutch Yellow potatoes. (Photo by Cathy Thomas)

Boneless pork loin makes a great holiday roast at a fraction of the cost of beef. Read more.


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