While they may be saving to improve the acoustics of LowBrau, the owners of the German-style beer hall at 20th & K are expanding with Block Butcher Bar next door to the current restaurant, reports Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
If LowBrau is geared for folks who want to let off steam with craft beer and a cranked DJ system, Block Butcher Bar seeks to entice a clientele that wants to chill out with fine Scotch and bourbon, plus wine, charcuterie plates and other butchery. If all goes to plan, Block would produce sausage in-house.
"It's nice to have a festive environment, but we also wanted to do something sophisticated as well," said Clay Nutting, co-owner of Low Brau and Block. "I think we can pull that off. Parts of these concepts we wanted to include in LowBrau, but couldn't because of budget and what not. Since we've had success, we can expand the concepts."
The owner hopes to have the place open as early as September.
Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
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