If you work in or around the State Capitol, that probably means that you eat at Cafe Roma or at a minimum, walk by it regularly. Sac Biz Journal's Mark Anderson reports that it's about to expand.
Starting this week, work is starting on expanding the restaurant to an additional 1,000 square feet next door, said Abe Saadeh, owner. He opened the cafe in 2010 featuring his Italian grandmother’s recipes.
The restaurant should be open during most of the expansion, as the renovation next door will be done first, and then the wall will be removed in about a month...
The expansion is expected to be completed by Sept. 15. The cafe is now open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but with the addition of table service and beer and wine, the restaurant will launch a happy hour, an expanded breakfast menu and entertainment in the fall, Saadeh said.
Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.
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