The jukebox is still plugged in and chairs are stacked atop tables inside, but the doors are locked and signs on the windows say "Sorry, Raxx is permanently closed."
The Riverside restaurant at 3397 Mission Inn Blvd. still has an active Web site, but a large "Do Not Enter" road side sits at the entrance.
A note on a door handle from Special T Water Services Co. in Whittier demanded the owners contact them because their water tanks for brewing and coffee, were still inside.
The last known owners were Michael and Dawn Miller, doing business as Buena Vista Ventures, LLC who changed the name from Riverside Brewing Co. to Raxx Barbecue and Brewing Co. more than two years ago. There was no answer at any of the phone numbers listed for Raxx.
A recent court case against the restaurant involves a small claims court filing made in May by Directory & Maps USA, Inc. in Redlands which publishes the Inland Empire Visitor Guide. The company claims Raxx still hasn't paid $1,105 for an advertisement that ran in their guide this past January.
Kevin Craig and his wife, both with the Winery at Canyon Crest, heard that Raxx had closed because their business and Raxx are both members of Itex -- a consortium of small businesses that barter services and products. When Craig heard the news he called Vince Nolan, a lawyer by day and guitarist by night each Friday who had been playing Raxx regularly for a few months. Nolan, who hadn't been told by the owners that the restaurant was closing, will now be appearing at the Winery.
-- Kimberly Pierceall