How It All Started
The City of Orange was originally called Richland. Agriculture and livestock were its mainstay, although raisins were its largest source of income in 1886.
The first orange trees were planted in 1872. The City’s name was changed a year later, after the U. S. Postal Service complained that the name was similar to another postal service in Sacramento.
Legend has it that four gentlemen; A. Glassell, A. B. Chapman and two others played a poker game, with the winner naming the town. (A. Glassell grew up in Orange County, VA). Guess who won the game?
1886 – Built in 1886 by D. C. Pixley, 122 North Glassell was the second brick building in all of Orange. Pixley Hardware opens, owned by D. C. Pixley, President and Paul Kogler, Vice President
1909 – D. C. sells the business to his son and it continues as the Pixley Furniture Company
1919 – Fordson Tractor Agency in business
1922 – Daniel’s Food Market begins servicing the citizens of Orange and remains until the 1960′s
1970′s – Aames Rents and Sells, a party rentals and sick room rentals business occupies the building until the mid-1980′s
1985 – Chris and Mary Barner open the Stained Glass Eye, a stained glass and lead glass studio
1990′s – The Old Towne Antique Mall, a collaboration of antique dealers, remains until 1995
1996 – Citrus City Grille, three friends from Old Towne built the modern restaurant as a neighborhood destination
2000 – With a lot of enthusiasm and years of restaurant business experience, Steve Tsirtsis and Steve Xenos take over the Citrus City Grille. They renovate the concept and the menu to create the “new look” of the restaurant. These renovations promise a lot of extraordinary and outrageous tastes to come.
2005 – Citrus City Grille expands by opening its second location in Riverside County. CCG selected the Riverside Plaza for its new home due to the similarity to Orange. Riverside is rich in the history of California’s growth. This bustling plaza is the Inland Empire’s newest Lifestyle-Entertainment District.
2008 – Citrus City Grille opens its third location and second restaurant in the Inland Empire, in Corona at The Promenade, Dos Lagos. The Promenade is Corona’s first lifestyle center which brings unique specialty retail to the southern Inland Empire area to meet the needs of the growing and increasingly affluent population.