Sizzler Restaurant's scheduled January opening may signal a renewed optimism in the local business community, according to a City of Hesperia official.


"It's a sign that hopefully things are turning around," said Kim Summers, assistant to City Manager Mike Podegracz.


The restaurant, which closed early last year, will reopen freshly remodeled with an updated look and atmosphere.


"It will be a prototype for the new Sizzlers," Summers said.


The restaurant is owned by a new franchisee, BMW Management, whose CEO Gary Myers believes Hesperia restaurant-goers will enjoy the new amenities.


"This will be the new generation Sizzler for today and the future," Myers said through a news release. "When our Hesperia guests experience the new Sizzler, I believe they will feel a sense of belonging and connection with our Sizzler team, quality food and dining ambiance."


"We look forward to Sizzler providing many years of great food and service for our citizens," Mayor Thurston "Smitty" Smith said through the news release. "It is very reassuring that even in this economy a national recognized brand, like Sizzler, sees the value of opening a casual dining restaurant in the City of Hesperia."


The family-owned BMW Management owns several Sizzlers throughout the state.


The Sizzler is just one of several commercial projects that are expected to be completed in Hesperia next year. Golden Corral Restaurant, Ross and Marshalls clothing stores are expected to go into the High Desert Gateway Center, which is anchored by a Super Target near the I-15 and Main Street.


"Now we're seeing interest in the projects again," Summers said. "They're actually in process. It's a good way to end the year."


The Sizzler reopening also will bring up to 100 new jobs to Hesperia, according to Summers.