Just a year after it opened, Happy Hour Bar & Tapas has closed.

The restaurant, located on the corner of Chester Avenue and 18th Street, closed on June 8, according to Chasity Goodson, one of the owners of the restaurant.

"It was difficult to operate and own a restaurant," Goodson said of the business she opened last May with partners Sophia and Justin Cummings. (The Cummings still own the Rio Acai Bowls chain, which opened its flagship location on Chester Avenue in 2015.)

There is a new buyer, as well as plans for the location, but Goodson said she could not disclose further details.

Californian food critic Pete Tittl praised the tapas-style restaurant last August, highlighting their customizable macaroni and cheese and burger rings, beef patties with bacon stuffed in a ring of onion and fried.

He wrote: "This place offers creative twists on what might be called typical bar food, and possibly the best dining option for anyone who loves macaroni and cheese … If you’re a fan of that trendy comfort food, you’ve got to stop in here."

The restaurant also racked up a local culinary honor in its brief time, winning best in show at the 2017 Bakersfield Wing Festival for its kickin' cayenne honey mustard chicken. 

Caltrans has announced lane closures on State Route 99 from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, weather permitting. State Route 99 will be reduced to one lane just south of the Union Avenue overcrossing. The lane closure will enable highway repair and maintenance operations following a multi-vehicle collision last Monday.

Closures may continue for longer periods of times if necessary. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes. 

Dignity Health Mercy Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association.

The award recognizes the hospital’s treatment of stroke patients using researched-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To earn the award, Mercy hospital met specific quality achievement measures for diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at sea level for a designated period.

The American Heart Association will award the staff at Dignity Health Memorial Hospital at 3 p.m., Wednesday, in the main lobby. The address of the hospital is 2215 Truxtun Ave. 


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Never knew that they took patience to SEA level. And the adress you posted was MERCY HOSPITAL not Memorial.

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