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Brew pub latest business to come to San Jacinto

By in Press Enterprise on December 30, 2017

By Craig Shultz The Mason Jar Ranch Bistro & Brew Pub will move into the vacant Bullpen restaurant location at Esplanade and Sanderson avenues in San Jacinto. CRAIG SHULTZ / STAFF

San Jacinto has seen a year of development — plans for a new Starbucks, Wienerschnitzel and Aldi market — capped by the agreement to allow Mason Jar Ranch Bistro & Brew Pub to open.

City Manager Rob Johnson previously worked in Menifee, a 9-year-old city bisected by a freeway and busy highway with a growing population. It was easy to attract new businesses in the past, but now Johnson has had to be more creative in luring businesses to his current city — which is nearing its 130th birthday and is more secluded. As he approaches his first anniversary in his position, Johnson has had many successes.

“We are recruiting businesses that we believe will add to our uniqueness as a small city,” Johnson said.

Mason Jar promises a family-friendly, sitdown restaurant serving farm-to-table food while crafting 25 microbrews on site. The eatery will move into a long-vacant building in a mostly empty center at Esplanade and Sanderson avenues.

RPE-L-BREWPUB-1231Grace Santiago and Robert Carter address the San Jacinto City Council regarding the Mason Jar Ranch Bistro & Brew Pub that has been approved for the city. CRAIG SHULTZ / STAFF

Owners Grace Santiago and Robert Carter operate Mason Jar Brewing Company in Menifee, but don’t have enough space there to add a restaurant, so Johnson encouraged them to look at San Jacinto.

“Most of the retailers and businesses that surrounding cities get and have gotten are due to the amount of housing and locations near major access points,” Johnson said. “Since we don’t have that pull, we need to create opportunities based on the new Soboba Casino Resort destination and our 31.6 average […]    

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