Sweet & Spicy
Pacific Island Influence
The Bank serves a range of Sweet and Spicy flavors with a Pacific Island influence. Pair your next meal with our Classic El Jefe Margarita or have a pour of local spirits from Southern California distilleries at our new Barrel Bar.
The First National Bank of Temecula has endured a long and useful life, as well as its share of crisis; in addition to the first bank robbery in Riverside County the depression of the thirties, a bank shortage in the forties, and WWII—when the bank finally shut its doors. The building remained empty until 1965 when it was purchased by Bob and Jean Reininger and turned into an antique shop, “Sign of the Pitcher”. The Bank was carefully refurbished by David Covarrubias and took a new lease on life as an authentic, home-style Mexican restaurant that has been serving delicious Mexican food since 1978.
In 2007, David and Artemisa Covarrubias sold the restaurant to Craig and Christy Puma, who have chosen to continue the tradition of family dining started by David and his wife. Upgrading and redecoration ongoing, the Pumas took over operation of The Bank on February 20, 2007.
In 2019, these upgrades included an all-new tasting bar, The Barrel Bar, in addition to a refreshed, Pacific Island-inspired menu and look. But no matter what changes happen on the inside, it will always be known as “The Bank”!