Still on my patio tour, I had to visit New Vintage Grill because someone on social media said the misting system on their patio was so great during our hot summer weather that it felt like the temperature was 20 to 30 degrees cooler. That’s like a dip in the pool without the annoying wet hai…

Yes, patios have been exploding in parking lots all over town since indoor dining was once again a victim of the pandemic. But I’m hard-pressed to think of a place that’s done it better than Temblor Brewing Co.

With a new state order to shut down indoor dining for the next three weeks, what are Bakersfield restaurants doing? The ones lucky enough to have patio or open-air seating are sending customers outdoors.

There’s been a lot of bad news this year, including the postponement or cancellation of popular events. Even as we agree large public gatherings are not a good idea right now, it doesn’t mean it’s any easier to stomach an empty social calendar.

If necessity is the mother of invention then perhaps boredom is the mother of entrepreneurship — at least during this pandemic. While others were busy baking sourdough or banana bread or experimenting with dalgona coffee, local women got creative with chamoy and started two new businesses: H…

It is fair at some point to suspect I’m in the employ of the Downtown Business Association, so enthusiastic have I been about the downtown renaissance over the past couple decades. And now we have another great addition to our vibrant downtown with BottleShock Wine and Brew, a creation of a …

For many restaurants, dining outside is the main option for serving customers beyond takeout. What has bloomed along with these parking lot patios and repurposed spaces is a sense of community and local pride. For some businesses, these new spaces show them how supportive Bakersfield can be.

Normally reading dining columnist Pete Tittl's articles just inspires my next takeout order. When it came to this week's column about The Fuchsian Pizza Sector, I had some additional thoughts. 

Most of the recent discussion about Walmart has been about how masks will be required inside stores starting Monday. Guests should be ready to don face coverings to pick up these exclusive food products available later this month.

Editor's note: JoJo's was reviewed before the latest state order halting dine-in service in Kern County. It is currently offering takeout.

Another Bakersfield institution bit the dust earlier this year, the Lie-N Den serving its last open-faced chili burger and shutting down. At least it was a business decision and had nothing to do with the pandemic that we’re all sick of hearing about.