Last Week, Tank House revealed itself to the world as a BBQ restaurant by a former bartender at The Golden Bear and his wife. Now, Jared Goyette fills in some of the details in Sac Press.
The barbecue style will be a cross between Kansas City and west Texas, which as Williams explains, means the meat will be smoked, seasoned and then covered in thick barbecue sauce.
The barbecue "pit master" won't be married to any one style, however...
There will be cocktails, but Williams, who is a bartender at Golden Bear, plans to stay clear of craft cocktails at Tank House, describing it as a "shot and beer scenario."
Get more details, including the design of the new place and how it got its name, in Sac Press.
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