New Restaurants & Watering Holes for Downtown Riverside

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

(as reported by Laurie Lucas, Press-Enterprise retail staff writer)
9th Street Italian

Server Cherie Wood checks on customers Barbara Tremont, left, and her daughter Kimberly Tremont, as they dine at the new 9th Street Italian on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in Downtown Riverside. photo by Stan Lim, PE staff photographer

Downtown Riverside is getting a number of new and revamped dining and entertainment venues.

9th Street Italian

On December 7th, Laurie Lucas reported the opening of 9th Street Italian at 3790 Ninth at the corner of Market Street. The eatery occupies 1,600 square feet, a complete overhaul of what was once part of the adjacent Riverside Mission Florist storefront.  The owners, David and Regina Powell leased the property eight months ago to work on the extensive remodel.

Now open for just over two weeks, the atmosphere is described as casual, cozy and quaint. Entrees run from $7 to $16, including baked pastas, chicken and veal dishes.

Yes, there’s pizza, but “we don’t want to be known as a pizzeria,” David said. The restaurant serves beer and wine and David’s prized desserts, chocolate chip calzone and crème Brule, are drawing raves.

Mission Martini

Next month restaurateur and owner of Elephant Thai Cuisine Pooh Patanasak will launch Mission Martini.

Elephant Thai, located in the former Omakase restaurant space at 3720 Mission Inn Ave, is doing so well that Patanasak is expanding to the vacant adjoining property. Construction is under way to double the eatery by adding 1,600 square feet to create Mission Martini.

For information, call 951-682-9300.


Just down the street, brothers Daniel and Marco McGuire are renovating the former Crescent Jewel Restaurant into a Prohibition-era speakeasy, called ProAbition (with an upside-down A).  The American grill and whiskey bar will open early next year at 3597 Main St. and will serve burgers, flat breads, pizzas and salads.

For more information on ProAbition, visit its Facebook page:

Pixels Bar

Pixels bar opened the day before Thanksgiving at 3535 University Avenue in downtown Riverside. But it’s still a work in progress, with the owner planning to add food, 10 TVs, DJs and local bands.

Pixel’s owner, Warren Klure, a Riverside native experienced in nightclub and concert promotions, opened the bar in the 2,500-square-foot space that used to house Relish.

He’s invested $200,000 into the former restaurant, adding a 22-foot concrete bar, stripping off the checkered linoleum floor and installing booths and seating for 150 people. He put in a second bathroom and upgraded the original one so that both are handicapped accessible.  Works of local artists decorate the walls and sell for $50 to $2,500.

He’s seeking a chef to create a menu of healthier alternatives to typical bar food.

To read the full 9th Street Italian Press-Enterprise article, click here.

To read the Lucas’s ‘New Restaurants‘ article, click here.

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