Carrows Closed to Clear Way for New Restaurant Concept

The Carrows in Diamond Bar may be gone, but the city will get a new style of restaurant with more selection, according to the ownership.

For those Diamond Bar and Walnut residents who may be frustrated by the apparent closure of another local restaurant, its owners say fear not.

Yes the city is losing the Carrows, located at 21130 Golden Springs Drive, but it is gaining a Ranch House Café & Grill, a new restaurant concept developed by the Catalina Restaurant Group, owners and operaters of Coco’s and Carrows restaurants.

Several residents noted that the Carrows, on a busy section of Golden Springs near the 60 Freeway, was closed for some time. A fence surrounds some of the site and a sign outside the restaurant confirms, “Restaurant Closed,” in big red letters.

“We understand that Carrows was an important fixture in the community, however in order to meet the changing demands of our consumers, we as a company have developed a new restaurant concept named ‘Ranch House Café & Grill.’ ” Keith Marron, Director of Marketing for the Catalina Restaurant Group, wrote in an email.

“We are very excited about this concept and our first location, which opened in August in the City of La Habra, has had a very positive response from the community,” Marron wrote. “This new restaurant helps meet consumer's needs for delicious food, served quickly in a friendly, causal environment.”

Catalina officials said they understood the Carrows, which had served the community since 1977, had become a fixture. But the new eatery should serve more of the community's by serving breakfast, steaks, chicken, burgers, a salad bar and hot soups, according to the website for the cafe and grill.

For locals, the closure was cause for concern, especially after the loss of a Denny’s on Pathfinder. The Denny’s closed in August, upsetting several residents. Many residents said they want to see more of a restaurant selection to the city.

Mayor Ling-Ling Chang says city officials are working to bring in more restaurants, but it’s a process and sometimes the city doesn’t always fit business-generated demographic models used by stores, branches and restaurants to guide them when choosing where to open a location, city officials said.

City officials and the council members discussed the opening of the café and grill during the Aug. 22 meeting and encouraged people to patronize it and other locally owned eateries so they do not suffer the same fate as Denny’s.

“We have to do what we can to support these businesses or we’ll be saying ‘whatever happened to D’Antonio’s,’ ” said Diamond Bar councilman Steve Tye.

Robert Corona September 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Thats fine... I believe Carrows and CoCo's are owned by the same company... So if you liked Carrow's,, run across the street to CoCo's Anyone know what is going up NEXT to where Carrows was?
Vito Spago September 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM
That is why we need the football stadium in Industry. New restaurants would be built and hopefully they would not be cookie cutter chain restaurants. Dennys and Carrows were all lower class chain restaurants. We need restaurants like The Pantry, Lawrys, Philippes, Taps here in Diamond Bar/Walnut. The football stadium would bring these.
Sunshine September 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
my daughters work at the first one built in La Habra. try it out.
Michael September 29, 2012 at 06:23 PM
You don't need a stadium to bring in the proper businesses and restaurants- that is the failure of your current City Council- keep voting them in and you will have the same results. The Industry stadium project is completely over. When LA approved Farmer's field, TWO billionaires attended. That deal is done. The question is what will Majestic Realty do with their EIR exemption. Maybe an upscale strip-club complex to add to the fine "gentlemen's clubs" they have now?
Gina Tenorio (Editor) September 29, 2012 at 07:04 PM
You're right Robert. The Catalina Restaurant Group own and operate both Coco's and Carrows.
wanderinglady September 29, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Yeah, Carrows and CoCo's are basically the same, except that CoCo's is more expensive. I would like to know what's going up next to (former) Carrows as well!
wanderinglady September 29, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I think that it isn't just the fault of the current city councils that we don't have more "upscale" and/or non-chain restaurants.. Demographics, population income, population density and location are among the other factors that restaurant owners consider. Remember that restaurants are businesses that want to make money. As much as we love living here, and as much as magazines like Money tout this area, I can see where a restaurant or upper-tier grocery would have hesitations about opening in this area. I hope that BevMo! is successful here -- maybe non-chain restaurants will follow. (I love Taps...the Pantry, not so much!)
wanderinglady September 29, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Oh yeah, I have to agree with Michael W. You can stick a fork in the idea of a stadium in Industry -- that's done!
BJ September 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I hope the Catalina Restaurant Group relocated the Carrow's employees(?) They all seemed like really nice people. The services and food they provided were really good. My husband and I usually went there for breakfast whenever we both had the day off work, in addition to the weekends. I also work in D.B. and many of our employees would eat at Carrow's; not so much at Coco's. As for the comment above regarding BevMo! (wanderinglady), I suppose I find it a bit of a concern that a BevMo!, a business that sells primarily alcohol, is successful in a primarily residential town...we lose a movie theater, Ralph's, Denny's, D'Antonio's Italian Restaurant, & Carrow's (& others)....but gain a liquor store?? If THAT is what the demographic research surmises about Diamond Bar, isn't that a bit disturbing?
Ray Russell September 30, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Another one bites the dust..!
notsomuch September 30, 2012 at 03:07 AM
We just went through this with the Denny's closure. SOS
Wayne Breitkreutz September 30, 2012 at 05:50 AM
We want to support Walnut restaurants, but what choice do we have? New York Pizzeria is very good in my opinion as well as being close to home with OK prices and nice people, but still Jojo's Pizza Kitchen in Chino Hills is better because they make their pizza from scratch with fresh ingredients. Also Chino Hills has the best group of very good restaurants and stores as well as a Trader Joe's to pick from. For a fast great burger we cross Valley Blvd. into COI to eat at In N Out. DB Mayor Ling-Ling Chang says "City officials are working to bring in more restaurants..............." We have heard that for years. Maybe city officials should find out how Chino Hills attracts all the restaurants and stores for their city and shorten my drive.
Gina Tenorio (Editor) September 30, 2012 at 06:15 AM
I'll check into what may be coming and get back to you all.
Gabriela Klein September 30, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Why do we always go around and around with the same questions? We have been saying these things since the first day Patch started. The answers are: We do NOT have the new construction, ie: Condos, apartments, senior living. We do NOT support gourmet tastes (oh the PRICES!!!) AND we do NOT have the brand new mall space that attracted new businesses to Chino when it was developed. We are a tiny triangle surrounded by mega-metropolis-suburban tigers like Brea, Chino, and even Ontario. There is nothing NEW here. We are a sleepy, bedroom community that saves instead of spends. Everyone loves a nice evening out.Will you drive to the corner of Valley/La Puente for a nice dinner? Or how about DB Blvd and the 60 interchange? Which strip mall do you want to get dressed up for? Chino and Brea had some city planners. We didn't. Let's just be happy we have these surrounding cities within a reasonable driving distance, excellent parking, and local streets to get there.
Vito Spago September 30, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Very well said. As an aside, I hate the malls in Chino Hills. That area of Grand and the 71 with all those stores is a nightmare. That is why Walnut is a much nicer community than Chino or Chino Hills. However, I wish Panda Express, McDonalds, Applebees, and Panera were gone with a TAPs in its place. Vons has wine much cheaper than BevMo. I have never been impressed in a BevMo but do enjoy browsing.
Vito Spago September 30, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Michael W. Roski IS going to put something there on his lot. You need to hope that it is not worse than what a stadium would be. That area is already a traffic nightmare because Grand traffic cannot get on the freeway quickly enough. Maybe they would put the equivalent of a Brea Mall there. Then you would have nightmare traffic continuously every day of the week. Not to mention parking lot and Mall crimes. You would also get high end restaurants like Olive Garden (my gawd)
Michael September 30, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Right you are, people need to "connect the dots" a little better and hold their City Councils accountable. Instead, people like Ling-Ling Chang-Chang put out worthless comments, then get re-elected by the same people complaining. Brea & Chino Hills ACCOMPLISHED IT. Are household incomes higher there than DB & Walnut? NO! We have "leadership" that can't get it done and don't have any new ideas, wake up people.
Robert Corona October 01, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Thanks Gina... wondering what will go in there.. they been building like crazy next to Carrows site. Let us not forget,, some day they will put an on and off ramp at Lemon and Golden Springs..... so that will affect that area. I like you guys ideas on restaurants around here.. but lets face it.. the area will not support a Taps... as someone said.. demographics... you will never see an upscale restaurant in this area... its strictly Asian restaurants and fast food places.. Anyone hear what is going in after Albertson's leaves on Colima and Fairway? I think the pharmacy is already closed.
Marilyn Barber October 01, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Yes you are going to get a Ranch House resturant like we have in La Habra. Good salad bar but the food is super greasy and the gravy is too salty too eat. One meal there was more than enough. We would never go back.
wanderinglady October 01, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I guess I have a different view of BevMo! I enjoy wine, and am knowledgeable about it. BevMo! isn't exactly the "single can of malt liquor in a paper bag" type of store. It's pretty sophisticated, and sells high end goods. I am just hoping that it will also attract like-minded retailers. Brea Plaza has a Total Wine store and also the type of businesses that would be appropriate to the Walnut/Diamond Bar area -- including non-chain restaurants.
wanderinglady October 01, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Well, Gabriela hit the nail on the head...
Greg Miller October 03, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Just want to give out a big "Thank You!" to Gina for covering this story. ;)
Greg Miller October 03, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Robert Corona; "Anyone hear what is going in after Albertson's leaves on Colima and Fairway?" I am the UPS driver that picks up the UPS Store next to Albertson's on a daily basis. The UPS Store employees there "informed me" that once the Albertson's is out, the Stater Bros, across the street, will move into that location. That's what the local rumor has it at. <<< It would be a bigger store for Stater Bros, plus the parking would be much better than the location that they are already in. That's the "word" on the street, but at the same time, take it with a grain of salt. We will all have to see it to believe it when it happens, if it ever does.
Greg Miller October 03, 2012 at 12:38 AM
My apologies. I didn't mean to hijack this thread away from Carrow's.
E. October 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I have no problem with Bevmo and its success in our town, I just hope it doesn't affect the Liquorette.


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