Workers are busy on renovations to the Sizzler restaurant location on Main Street near E Avenue. That's good news not only for the restaurant, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year, but it's potentially great news for Hesperia in general.


Businesses everywhere are struggling. Times are tough, real tough. So when a restaurant chain decides to re-invest in a location, especially a Hesperia one, that's especially encouraging.


When it reopens, the Sizzler will be one of the few eateries on Hesperia's east end to have steak, seafood and a salad bar. As an anchor to the shopping center that also has Albertson's and Kmart, it could attract customers who will also visit other businesses, including independently-operated shops that depend on synergy to profit.


Sizzler's closure a year ago was sad, a sign of the times. Hopefully its reopening is another indication of things to come this time positive.


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Speaking of Hesperia's east side, there's reason to be concerned. The business centers there tend to be older and need more upgrades than those on the west side. As a result, there is a large number of entrepreneur-run stores that are struggling more than their franchise counterparts.


It's important that Hesperia learn from the successes and failures of its neighbors. Decades ago Seventh Street in Victorville was where the action was. But during the 1980s things changed as new businesses sprung up toward the south side of that city. As a result, many Seventh Street businesses suffered, and blighted areas were left as a result.


The east side of Hesperia has a wonderful, quaint feel to it. (The Hesperia Star office is located on that part of Hesperia). But the area's vitality could suffer if things don't turn around. The year-long moratorium on sign restrictions may give small business owners a temporary edge, but the city will need to tighten up those restrictions so that the area maintains a professional appearance. It's a trade-off, but the city needs to look down the road, not just a year away.



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One of Hesperia's biggest events, the annual Christmas Tree lighting, is coming up on Dec. 3. Like the Hesperia Days parade and related events in September, the tree lighting is an event not to be missed. Again, like last year, it will be held at the new Hesperia Civic Park next to the library and City Hall. See you there!