Stonefire Grill to open first Inland Empire location in Rancho Cucamonga

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The first Stonefire Grill in the Inland Empire is set to open in June at the Terra Vista Town Center.

The fast-casual eatery will employ just over 100 people and will be housed in a 6,500-square-foot restaurant along Foothill Boulevard near Hobby Lobby.

Stonefire Grill’s menu offers grilled meat dishes as well as salads, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and light vegan and vegetarian choices. Grilled meats are slow-cooked overnight and finished over a mesquite grill, according to the company.

The Rancho Cucamonga location, which opens June 13, will be the ninth for the restaurant chain, according to the company. The first opened in Valencia in 2000.

The company anticipates opening two more locations, one in Torrance later this year and another in Ventura in early 2018, said Justin Lopez, marketing director for Stonefire Grill.

“I would say the biggest thing that stands out from other restaurants is it’s a really family-friendly atmosphere,” said Chris Bishop, general manager of the Rancho Cucamonga location. “In terms of the food we prepare, it’s family-style food with large portions that a lot of times you don’t necessary get from another barbecue restaurant.”

According to the company, Stonefire Grill places an equal focus on its takeout and catering services as it does dine-in service.

“A big portion of our business surrounds catering, and from our Pasadena location, we ourselves often serve Rancho Cucamonga and the surrounding communities,” Lopez said.

Bishop, who has lived in Rancho Cucamonga for the past 10 years, said everything in the kitchen is made from scratch and prepared daily. Patrons, Bishop said, will appreciate the speed of service.

“I feel that in Rancho Cucamonga community has a lot of young families,” Bishop said. “Personally, I have two young girls and when they go out to eat, they have a limited attention span, so fast casual (dining) is the way to go. You…

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