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Three new restaurants open in the City of Tehachapi

Prime Bar & Grill, 4 Seasons Café and Tacos El Superior each opened their new restaurants within the last few weeks, bringing new tastes and long-anticipated choices to the Tehachapi food scene.

Tacos El Superior, which occupies the former Dunkin' Donuts building on Tucker Road, attempted a pair of "soft openings" last week, only to have the drive thru queue run the entire length of the property and spill out along the shoulder of Tucker Road. The restaurant hasn't officially opened their doors but anticipate to be open full time within the week. This soft opening fed the long-awaited fan base, many of whom had tried the company's food at their flagship food truck in nearby Palmdale. Tacos El Superior continues to hire for a variety of positions and based on the initial reviews and lines for food, there will be no shortage of working hours.

Prime Bar & Grill officially opened a few weeks ago with a heavy focus on Indian food with some American fare at their location on Steuber Road adjacent to Flying J and behind the Chevron station. This location fills the need for a restaurant in an area that boasts two travel stops, as well as the Baymont Inn & Suites Hotel. Like Tacos El Superior, the restaurant opened to booming business despite offering just take out and patio dining. This is the first Indian restaurant in Tehachapi and has received rave reviews in their first week or so of operation.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Sept. 5, 4 Seasons Café opened in Downtown Tehachapi on the corner of Curry Street and Tehachapi Blvd. With a large outdoor patio the Asian fusion café also saw brisk opening-weekend business, which continued into the post Labor Day work week. The café features a variety of fusion dishes anchored by their banh mi sandwiches as well as salads, bulgogi bowls and more. With a convenient location Downtown, 4 Seasons Café quickly filled a vacant former restaurant and opened with a strong first weekend.

The restaurants continue to expand as the construction of Panda Express continues on Tucker Road and a few others are in the works including Round Table Pizza, which is undergoing the building plan review process before renovating the former Pacino's location at the corner of Tehachapi Blvd. and Tucker Road.

The restaurant investments are an encouraging sign as the economy in Tehachapi continues to recover from COVID-19. With each new establishment offering either a different taste to a classic, or a new variety of food altogether, the businesses have followed with excited customers during the early opening period.

Go 2 Girlz "Funky Junk" opens downtown

Go 2 Girlz opened their second Tehachapi location last weekend with a special focus on retro antiques with their new Antiques & Funky Junk located at 108 Tehachapi Blvd.

USDA announces measures to assist rural residents, businesses and communities

New opportunities for immediate relief, specific to rural communities and small businesses in those communities, have been made available by the USDA. More details at http://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDARDCummulativeCOVID-19SA_09-01-2020.pdf.

Visit Tehachapi app updated with new information, restaurants and more

If it's been awhile, you should check out the Visit Tehachapi app. Despite some attractions being closed, Tehachapi still has plenty to offer for visitors, much of which can be found with the latest update to the Visit Tehachapi app. Visit the website for more information and download links http://www.liveuptehachapi.com/405/Visit-Tehachapi.

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