After closing Cosmo Cafe, Randy Paragary decided to split up the space and open KBAR and add another outpost of his popular Cafe Bernardo. That new Cafe Bernardo location KBAR are set to open April 26, reports Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.
Restaurateur Randy Paragary got a permit this week to begin construction on the outside deck for his newest Cafe Bernardo location at 10th and K streets, the former home of his Cosmo Cafe.
Paragary is optimistic crews can complete the $10,000 deck for the grand opening April 26. And even if the outside isn’t completed, the inside of the restaurant is ready to go. He’s having pre-opening events this week to train his new staff of 80 employees...
The deck will be on the 10th Street side of the restaurant, and will include a new sidewalk that pushes out into the street, allowing for a larger restaurant patio. It’s similar to what was done for Grange Restaurant & Bar a block away.
Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.
The hours for KBAR, starting this Thursday, are: Mon-Wed 3-10pm, Thurs-Fri 3pm-midnight, Sat 4pm-midnight, and Sun 4-10pm.
Judge, Jury & Executioner; Food Critics: Does Anyone Care? - Perhaps you missed the brouhaha surrounding The Sacramento Bee’s restaurant critic, Blaire (sic) Anthony Robertson (a.k.a. “BAR”)? The paper’s veteran restaurant critic, Michael Dunne, ended a long, distinguished, and many would argue, still thriving career at The Sacramento Bee in 1999 by reportedly taking a buyout. The Bee brass replaced Dunne with a rigorous job interview process: a grout dinner with all applicants present and “a few days” to write the review that would secure the coveted position. Blair Anthony Robertson, who remembers the process as having been “grueling,” “came out on top”; and has been something of a nasty thorn in the region’s dining-out lions’ dens ever since. Andrea Todd in Style Magazine.
Can two restaurant stars fix what ails La Provence? - La Provence, the Roseville restaurant I reviewed rather unfavorably a few months back, has made a couple of significant changes in recent weeks - including the hiring of a restaurant superstar to oversee service and the temporary (or not-so-temporary) installment of a highly regarded local chef to showcase a prix fixe menu with wine pairings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Lunch Break: Ella Dining Room & Bar - Ella is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in town and the way I manage to enjoy them is by taking advantage of their specials. Be sure to follow Gina's posts via Facebook and their newsletter. Pay attention to the $15 lunch specials. Know that there are a lot of bargain half-off appetizers during Happy Hour - like bone marrow for $8 and that burrata for $6. It makes it easier for those of us on a tighter budget to indulge once in a while. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.
Toby Keith's not open yet - People keep asking, and the answer is we still don’t know. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Folsom doesn’t have an official, firm opening date. But Palladio at Broadstone general manager Gloria Wright said the country music venue and restaurant is accepting applications at its website, www.countrybarfolsom.com, and will be conducting interviews on April 23. Melissa Wiese in the Sac Biz Journal.
Chez Daniel - This little French bistro, opened by Chef Daniel Pont (former owner/chef of the highly regarded La Bonne Soupe Café in Sacramento) seats just 30 (that’s a good thing!) and has been open for a few months now. The food, ambience and service can all be summed up in a single word: sublime. After dining in so many local restaurants with TVs preventing discussion, my wife and I felt quite civilized here and looked forward to an evening of fine food and quality conversation. Yes, we were going to talk to one another; we never do this, so I brought notes. The Dining Duo in Style Magazine.