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Jovi’s Diner adds nostalgia to E Street

Jovanna Rodriguez (right), owner of Jovi’s Diner, 123 N. E St., San Bernardino. At left is her aunt and co-worker, Mirasol Gonzalez.

Go about 500 feet north of the future San Bernardino Transit Center and you’ll find a new diner, filled with the smell of American and Mexican food and the sounds of classic rock and roll.

You’re also quite likely to find Jovanna Rodriguez, the young owner of Jovi’s Diner, working the tables, taking orders and building relationships with her new customers.

“I grew up in San Bernardino but whenever I want to go out to eat, I find myself traveling to Redlands, Rialto or Fontana,” Rodriguez said. “I wanted to do something good, something different, because I’m proud to call this city home.”

With the help of her father, Raul Rodriguez, a contractor specializing in restaurant remodeling, and the advice of her mother, the former owner of Baseline Burgers Coffee Shop, Jovi took a chance on the former Burger Express location at 123 N. E St., next door to the car wash on the northeast corner of E Street and Rialto Avenue. They reupholstered the booths with images of classic cars, put in a black-and-white checkered-flag tile floor and created a diner ambiance, complete with swivel-stool counter and ‘60s and ‘70s music to emulate the environment of the Route 66 heyday of San Bernardino’s past.

As for being on the historic thoroughfare, which is rapidly transforming into a transit corridor, the Rodriguezes are excited. “I see the sbX line greatly benefitting my business,” she said. “People will be able to move easier, safer, faster; it will provide quick connections to other parts of the valley; and it helps the environment because the buses will run on clean fuel, which reduces pollution.”

Jovi’s Diner is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

– David Rutherford

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sbX construction update for July 9-13

To establish a safe work environment for crews and the public, the construction crew has implemented traffic control measures that allow for at least one lane in each direction to be open during construction. Maintaining access to businesses is a high priority as part of this project. As such, signage is placed throughout the corridor to inform the public that they are open for business.

Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue Park-and-Ride-Facility
Parameters: South of Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue intersection
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Specifics: Work on park-and-ride restroom continues

Parameters: New bus station location on campus
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Specifics: Curb and gutter activities (grading and concrete continue), Work on bus passenger platform continues
LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect.

E Street
Parameters: Select locations between 10th Street and Hospitality Lane
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues (includes removal and grading in some locations), electrical activities, irrigation activities, water meter relocation activities
LANE CLOSURE: Parking and lane nearest the curb along the east side of E Street between 10th Street and 6th Street has been eliminated.

Hospitality Lane
Parameters: Select locations between Diners Court and Tippecanoe Avenue
Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Intermittent Day Work
Specifics: Driveway, curb and gutter work continues (includes removal, grading and paving in some locations), landscaping activities, irrigation activities, electrical activities
LANE CLOSURE: North side of Hospitality Lane nearest the curb is closed.

Various Bus Station Locations
Parameters: Little Mountain Drive, Shandin Hills Drive, Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue, Baseline Street
Day Work: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Night Work: Mon. – Fri. from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly
Specifics: Irrigation activities, electrical activities, storm drain activities, and platform structure activities
LANE CLOSURE: Traffic control in effect at select bus stop locations.

About sbX
The sbX BRT Project is the first-of-its kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will help reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.

The 15.7-mile corridor spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.

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