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Hurricane Grill & Wings to open in former UNO’s restaurant in Antioch, first location in California

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Hurricane Grill & Wings insideTropical-themed casual dining franchise

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 2, 2015) – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, a tropical-themed full service restaurant franchise, will open at 4827 Lone Tree Way in Antioch as the first location in California and it will occupy the previous UNOs grill pizzeria. Hurricane Grill & Wings is the industry leader for creating innovative flavor combinations, announced today the signing of a new multi-development agreement that will bring the concept to the state.

Twin brothers, David and Jack Nguyen have years of experience in the restaurant industry as multi-unit operators for numerous franchise concepts throughout Northern California. The brothers are already fast at work on the development of their first Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant, slated to open this fall in the city of Antioch. The duo has signed on to develop additional Hurricane Grill & Wings locations throughout Northern California in the coming years.

For 20 years, Hurricane Grill & Wings has prided itself on offering guests fresh, never-frozen jumbo wings with more than 35 signature flavors of sauces and rubs. With selections ranging from traditional buffalo to an array of unique options that include: Chipotle Raspberry BBQ, Ancho Chili Lime and Jamaican Jerk with heat intensity that ranges from Calm Seas to Evacuation Route, there is something to satisfy any palate. Additionally, guests can customize their own burgers using the Build-A-Burger menu feature, including a variety of savory toppings and sauces.

It is an incredible milestone for Hurricane Grill & Wings to enter the state of California with experienced operators like David and Jack Nguyen,” said Kevin Kruse, chief development officer of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “Their passion and excellence in their existing restaurants is evident, and we are very excited about David and Jack Nguyen being our franchisees and bringing the Hurricane Grill & Wings brand for the first time to California.”

We researched numerous restaurants that have not yet tapped the California market to complement our existing brands,” said Jack Nguyen, franchisee of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “We ultimately selected Hurricane Grill & Wings for their commitment to providing fresh and flavorful food in an atmosphere reminiscent of a beach front shack, which is perfect for our customers in California.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings has seen tremendous national growth in 2015 with expansions in Florida, Iowa, Maryland and Texas. In addition to California, the concept will close out the year by entering Louisiana, Oklahoma and Virginia as well as its first international location in Italy.

About Hurricane Grill & Wings

With over 80 restaurants open or under construction in 15 states and 5 European countries that include Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, Florida-based Hurricane Grill & Wings® is known for its jumbo, fresh wings, more than 35 signature sauces and rubs and tropical, laid-back vibe. Named by USA Today as one of “10 Great Places to Wing It,” selected as one of the “Future

50” by Restaurant Business and as one of Franchise Times “Top 40 Fast and Serious,” Hurricane Grill & Wings’ menu includes crave-able Hurricane’s Garlic & Parm fries, tasty salads, seafood entrees and fresh ½ pound burgers. The brand’s signature Rum Bar with over 21 premium rums leads its tropical drinks menu along, along with a wide selection of craft beers and wines. The original Hurricane Grill & Wings opened in Fort Pierce, Fla., in 1995 and has expanded to locations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, with additional restaurants planned internationally. For more information, visit www.hurricanewings.com.

For Franchising Opportunities contact Kevin Kruse via email at kevin.kruse@hurricaneamt.com, by phone at (609) 731 – 2485, or visit our website at http://www.hurricanefranchising.com/

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Antioch’s New Mayas Ice Cream serves up delicious flavors from Mexico

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Mayas insideBy Allen Payton

Ever had Mexican ice cream before? My mom and I just did, at the new Mayas Ice Cream Paleteria & Neveria that opened in Antioch on Memorial Day weekend in May. Boy, is it creamy, thick and delicious.

Owned and operated by Julieta and Fernando Lopez, Mayas offers a variety of flavors, including a few of the standards, like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip and rocky road.

flavorsBut, they also offer a whole list of flavors, some of which I’ve never heard of before, like Mamey and Nanche, which are fruits, Pitaya – Dragon Fruit, Guanabana – Sour Sop, Gansito, which Julieta said is like Mexican Twinkies, plus Mango, Guava and Tequila, and even two with vegetables, like elote – corn, and avocado.

Mayas also serves common flavors like strawberries and cream, strawberry milk shake, coffee, pistachio, which I tried and enjoyed, Beso de Angel (Angel’s Kiss) – marshmallow, coconut, Arroz con Leche – rice pudding, Nuez – nuts, dried fruit and Chicle – gum.

Julieta let Mom and me sample a variety of their ice creams and I gotta say the cream cheese flavor was my favorite. But, it must be everyone’s because they’d run out, the day we were there. So, hopefully I’ll have some next time.

All of their ice cream is made in Mexico and you can have your scoops in a cup, or on a cake or waffle cone.

Mayas also serves other sweet and even spicy treats, including Mangonadas, Escamocha, which is fruit with a spicy sauce, Bionicos, a fresh fruit salad with sour cream, Pepino Locos, which are cucumbers with pickled pig skin, nuts and chamoy chili, Tostilos, which are chips with fruit and vegetables on top, Duero, which is frozen strawberries and cream, and also banana splits.

Owners Julieta & Fernando Lopez

Owners Julieta & Fernando Lopez

It’s a family run business, which includes the Lopez’ daughters, Evelyn and Amzi.

The shop, located at 4609 Golf Course Road near the corner of Lone Tree Way, behind Tailgater’s, is open every day, Monday through Friday, Noon to 9:30 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 9:30 PM.

Stop by today, and tantalize your tastebuds with a cold, creamy, delicious treat this summer. See their ad on the next page to enjoy a discount on your next scoop.

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Antioch’s new Speed Clean Laundry celebrates Grand Opening with ribbon cutting, free food and dry on Saturday

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
Representatives from the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, City Council and School Board join the Spangenberg family for the ribbon cutting to officially open their new business.

Representatives from the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, City Council and School Board join the Spangenberg family for the ribbon cutting to officially open their new business.

By Allen Payton

City, business and community leaders gathered at the new Speed Clean Laundry on East 18th Street on Friday evening for the ribbon cutting with owners Paul and Georgia Spangenberg and their children, Cody and Chase, as part of the laundromat’s Grand Opening.

Owner Paul Spangenberg cuts the ribbon, while his wife Georgia, Mayor Wade Harper (left) on others watch.

Owner Paul Spangenberg cuts the ribbon, while his wife Georgia, Mayor Wade Harper (left) on others watch.

The month-long celebration ends on Saturday, August 22, with free hot dogs and sodas for customers, as well as one free dry for those who wash their clothes at Speed Clean, up until they close at 10 p.m. Plus, customers can enter to win two $25 cash prizes, to be awarded at the end of August.

Mayor Wade Harper, in attendance at the ribbon cutting, along with Council Members Mary Rocha, Monica Wilson and Tony Tiscareno, along with Antioch School Board Trustee Diane Gibson Gray, offered his thoughts on the opening of the new business, that was once a Kentucky Fried Chicken location.

We want to thank Speed Clean for choosing Antioch,” Harper said. “Anything we can do to help please let us know. Thank you for being here on our city.”

The Spangenbergs were then presented with proclamations from representatives of Assemblyman Jim Frazier and Congressman Jerry McNerney.

The city has been really supportive,” Paul responded. “We’re just so thankful for their help. Thank you to my wife and our kids.”

You’re our family and friends,” he said. “Thank you for joining us, tonight.”

Speed Clean Laundry is open 6 AM to 10 PM and is located at 317 East 18th Street. For more information visit their website at www.speedcleanlaundry.com.

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Antioch’s Derek Tha Barber wins TV show competition

Friday, August 21st, 2015
A screen shot of Derek's winning design on the Barber Battle TV show.

A screen shot of Derek’s winning design on the Barber Battle TV show.

By Allen Payton

Derek “Tha Barber” Hernandez is not just another barber who enjoys cutting hair. He’s an artist and his talent won his fame and money, earlier this year on Cedric The Entertainers’ “Cedric’s Barber Battle” TV show.

Plying his trade at Ajja’s Barber Shop in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown, Hernandez is known for his portraits and design work.

I’m only 22 but I’ve been cutting hair since I was 12,” he said.

He flew to Los Angeles where the competition occurred inside an actual barber shop.

Derek competed against a barber from Long Island, New York and another from El Paso, Texas. They were judged by three barbers to the stars.

The three contestants had to use soccer balls as the inspiration for the “buzzcut challenge” and had one hour to create their designs.

They had fun joking around and talking smack to each other as they cut their way through the show.

Derek, in Ajja's, with his belt and a new design on a client's head.

Derek, in Ajja’s, with his championship belt and a new design on a client’s head.

While Derek’s competitors buzzed the hexagonal shapes into the head of the men in their chairs, he went a different direction, buzzing in the design of a soccer player kicking a ball into pieces, instead.

He survived the first round, as one of his competitors got cut.

The second round was literally a head-to-head battle.This time they had to incorporate super heroes into their design. Derek was given Batman, while his opponent was given The Flash. More smack talk ensued, but it was Derek who came out on top.

Cedric referred to Derek as “DTB” and said “Your color work brought the Caped Crusader to life.”

The show aired on May 1st, and Hernandez won a championship belt, a package of hair supplies, a feature editorial on Barbershopconnect.com and $15,000. The editorial appeared on the website June 29th and can be viewed here. http://www.barbershopconnect.com/detail/054760/barber-of-the-week-derek-tha-barber/

Derek is married and lives in Antioch.

The show aired on May 1, 2015 and can be viewed on The CW website (www.cwtv.com) by clicking here.

Ajja’s is located at 508 W. Second Street in Antioch. To make an appointment to get a haircut that’s a work of art call Derek Tha Barber Hernandez at (925) 550-5602.

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Tailgaters to host annual Fantasy Football League draft party, Friday night Aug 21

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

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Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers Market adds two more Antioch locations in Rivertown, water park

Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Freshest Cargo food truck

Freshest Cargo food truck now also delivers to downtown Antioch and the water park on Tuesdays.

According to the latest weekly report by Antioch City Manager Steve Duran, [city] staff has been working to bring a farmers market to Rivertown. The City now has an agreement in place with The Mobile Farmers Market, also known as Freshest Cargo, for a “pilot” program to bring fresh fruits and vegetables via mobile truck to our downtown and water park sites. In inaugural event was this past Tuesday. Freshest Cargo helps promote healthy living by providing organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables to an area that may normally not have access. The mobile truck is a great easy convenient way to get your organic local vegetables and fruits.

They now have three stops in Antioch on Tuesdays Stop by at any on the locations listed below and buy some of the great produce:

ANTIOCH SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

415 West 2nd Street Antioch, CA

9:30am-10:30 am

THE COMMONS AT DALLAS RANCH

4751 Dallas Ranch Road Antioch CA

11:00am- 12:30pm

PREWETT FAMILY WATER PARK

4701 Lone Tree Way Antioch CA

2:00pm-3pm

For more information visit http://freshapproach.org/freshestcargo/. Like them on Facebook.

 

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AAA to relocate Antioch offices to Slatten Ranch Shopping Center

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

According to the latest weekly report from Antioch City Manager Steve Duran, the California Automobile Association, also known as AAA, will soon be relocating their Auto Center Drive offices to Slatten Ranch Shopping Center. They will totally renovate the Johnny Carino’s building, which closed some months ago.

“In recent years, AAA has been locating their retail facilities in shopping centers with mayor anchors to get better public visibility and higher traffic counts,” Duran’s report states. “Slatten Ranch accomplishes this objective for AAA and provides a destination use that will compliment the adjacent retail and restaurant uses. They plan on opening the new facility by year’s end.”

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Antioch’s new Speed Clean Laundry offers unique laundromat services

Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Speed Clean Laundry is located on East 18th Street in the former Kentucky Fried Chicken building across from Pinky's car wash.

Speed Clean Laundry is located on East 18th Street in the former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant building across from Pinky’s Klassy Kar Wash.

By Allen Payton

Antioch has a new laundromat may not sound too exciting. But, Speed Clean Laundry is different, offering a variety of new features not seen in another laundromat in town, before.

Not only are their washing machines and dryers all new and state of the art, they accept payment by credit and debit cards, and even Google Wallet and Apple Pay for the tech-savy individuals among us.

But, even more fantastic is Speed Clean offers pick-up, delivery and drop-off laundry service, as well.

Now, that’s exciting.

Then there’s the fact they have flat screen TV’s inside to keep you entertained, should you need to stay up on the latest news or your favorite talk show and of course, free WiFi to keep up with your social media and web surfing.

Paul Spangenberg

Owner Paul Spangenberg

We are here all the time which differentiates us from everyone else,” said owner Paul Spangenberg.

He and his wife Georgia, who, with their 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter, moved to Antioch in 2012, all work in the business.

The family participated in this year’s Antioch July 4th Parade with an entry promoting their new business, which included bubbles blowing out the back of the truck.

I can’t do this without them,” Paul shared.

They opened the doors in the former Kentucky Fried Chicken location, at 317 East 18th Street, on Friday, July 24, the same day they obtained their final city approvals.

I was literally signing off the papers with the inspector to open and we had people walking in to do their laundry,” he said with a laugh.

This is their first laundromat. But, even with the professional look to the place, it’s not a franchise.
“We’ve been praying about this for months,” said Paul. “I’ve been asking God ‘please provide and He is.’”

It was jam packed full on Monday. So, it’s a good thing they have extra parking in their lot, across Noia Avenue.

It’s been fun meeting our customers,” he shared. “They’re telling me what they like and what they don’t like. So far the customers are pretty happy.”

One of those customers was Candice Ireland.

I have a love of laundromats,” she stated. “The machines are all brand new and so large, you can do all your laundry in one load. You can swipe your card, no fumbling with quarters.

And their dryers work,” Ireland added. “I started coming to the laundromat because of the drought.”

That’s another aspect of Speed Clean. They’re eco-friendly.

We use up to 50-80% less water than the average home machine,” Paul stated.

Speed Clean Laundry is open Open 7 Days A Week from 6 AM – 10 PM with the Last Wash at 9 PM. For more information, stop by, call (925) 529-1121 or visit their website at www.speedcleanlaundry.com.

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