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Dining News: RIP Momiji, Hello Aura Korean & Japanese Restaurant


Momiji, a japanese restaurant formerly at 14th & G, garnered very little attention when it was open. The only review I could find was by Greg Lucas in Sac News & Review in Dec. 2009, where he gave it a 3.5 stars

I had tried to eat there once, but after waiting a couple mins and not being seated, I left and went somewhere else.

But they've closed, and they're about to be replaced by Aura, a Korean & Japanese restaurant.

I stopped by on Tuesday after work, and discoverd a few people working on the interior of the restaurant. They told me the manager wasn't there, and took my info down. I've yet to hear back, but if/when I do, I'll share.

In case you're looking, they're hiring.

H/T to @Cory_Golden and @EdMurrieta in providing tips after I crowdsourced some of this reporting.

Aura can (eventually) be found online at www.EatAura.com, although for now it's just a landing page.

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Feel LIke a New Place for Lunch? Baguettes - This Saturday, she was busy so I decided to try something different and ended up at a little sandwich place that Therese has raved about, Baguette's. Originally opened by the folks who own the excellent Boulevard Bistro in Old Elk Grove, and then sold not too long ago to new owners, it retained the fresh and surprising menu filled with gourmet sandwiches. There's also a tempting bakery case, daily freshly made baguettes and ciabatta, breakfasts, and big glass dispensers of iced tea and lemonade so you can make your own Arnold Palmers. Chandra Bourne on Now This Is Life.

Audio: Friday Food Featuring Rubicon Brewing Company - Summertime, the best time for sipping a nice, frosty beer. Rubicon Brewing Company is now brewing up its signature beers at a new facility on Stillwater Road in West Sacramento. With that, Rubicon now becomes the largest brewery in the Sacramento region. Joining me in studio is Glynn Phillips, owner of Rubicon Brewery. Kitty O'Neal on KFBK.


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