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Temecula Planning Commission greenlights redevelopment plan for Claim Jumper site

Temecula, California – At a recent meeting, the Temecula Planning Commission unanimously agreed to demolish the old Claim Jumper Restaurant & Saloon in Temecula Town Center and replace it with two new buildings. The decision, which was made with minimal public objection, will allow for the construction of an Ono Hawaiian BBQ and a Better Buzz Coffee Roasters at 29540 Rancho California Road.

The abandoned Claim Jumper, which has been closed since 2018 and occupies 11,200 square feet, will be cleared to make room for the smaller Ono Hawaiian BBQ and Better Buzz buildings, totaling 2,839 and 1,719 square feet respectively. This development will take place on a 1.6-acre site at the corner of Rancho California and Ynez roads.

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Both new establishments will feature drive-thru lanes, a convenient addition for the customers who prefer not to leave their cars, which a Better Buzz spokesperson predicts will be around 60% of their clientele. The current site includes 78 parking spots and will maintain existing road access with no new driveways opening onto the surrounding streets. Additionally, a pedestrian ramp will be built to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The proposal faced little resistance, with only one public objection suggesting a more upscale development would be more fitting for such a prominent location. Better Buzz, known for its organic coffee, already operates a location in Temecula, while Ono Hawaiian BBQ, famous for its island-inspired dishes and headquartered in Diamond Bar, plans to expand its presence in Riverside County, starting with a new spot in Murrieta.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Commissioner Lanae Turley-Trejo was absent.


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