Pepitos signage

The Highland Planning Commission approved a new sign for Pepitos Restaurant on Base Line east of Victoria Avenue Tuesday night.

The restaurant, owned by Supervisor James Ramos, was built in 1964 and demolished last year so it could be remodeled and moved west on the same parcel, said the staff report.

Ramos said he expects the restaurant to open in three weeks.

The 3,485-square-foot restaurant will include a bakery, indoor and outdoor seating and upgraded landscape and hardscape. A 35-square-foot building-mounted sign will be erected instead of a monument sign that was approved in 2012. A non-conforming pole sign has been removed.

Gary Quiel of San Bernardino-based Quiel Signs told the commissioners there are concerns about vandalism.

“It’ll look terrible if it’s vandalized,” Quiel said. “The wall sign is the best way to go.”

The sign will be 9-foot, 3-inches wide and 45 inches tall. It will be visible from Victoria and eastbound Base Line.

Quiel chuckled when asked when the restaurant would open and said he didn’t know.

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