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Icing on the Cupcake, one of the many, many cupcake places that overextended during the boom, may close, reports Sonya Sorich in the Sac Biz Journal.

The attorney handling bankruptcy proceedings for Icing on the Cupcake says the local chain isn’t closing, despite a message on its Facebook page that suggests otherwise.

“They’re not entirely sure they’re going to close,” said attorney Matthew Eason of Sacramento’s Eason & Tambornini. “It’s not a foregone conclusion.”

Icing on the Cupcake, which started with a tiny Rocklin store in 2007, posted a Facebook message on Thursday saying it’s closing on Jan. 19 “due to economic hardship,” the message says. The cupcake chain’s website lists four locations: Citrus Heights, Folsom, west Rocklin and Sacramento. At one point, a fifth store was planned for Granite Bay.

Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.

There are probably a couple restaurant bubbles that will eventually correct themselves. We're seeing that happen with cupcakes now. We've seen many frozen yogurt stores go under, food trucks might be hitting a saturation point (absent any regulatory changes that let them stick around longer downtown) and eventually, the microbrewery trend will reverse and only the strong will survive, though I think we're still in the boom phase of local breweries, and not near the bust phase.

And while not a restaurant type, I'd say the the cross fit/boutique gym boom is going on right now.

More News:

Eat your veggies during Dine Downtown week - Many adults (me included) do not eat our fair share of vegetables. I suggest that if you’re overwhelmed (like I am) trying to choose from among the 28 participating restaurants that you consider the 14 restaurants that each have one vegetarian entree on their menu. If you’re going to help make a difference in kids’ diets, you should make a difference in yours too. Ed Murrieta in Sac Biz Journal.

Midtown’s Der Biergarten nearing completion - Midtown Sacramento’s long-awaited outdoor beer garden has local beer lovers waiting a little longer. Construction continues this week at Der Biergarten, located at 24th and K streets. On the beer garden’s official Facebook page, owner Sean Derfield and property owner Thomas Roth posted photos this past weekend of its near-completion with outdoor lighting, landscaping and bar now in place. Debbie Arrington in the Sac Bee.

Claim Jumper makes good addition to downtown - This was my first taste of Claim Jumper. While there’s no reasonable way of sampling a menu that has more burgers, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood and towering desserts than any three restaurants in the neighborhood combined, I’m reasonably comfortable saying I enjoyed what I ate. The food was comforting, well prepared and reasonably priced -- something you want from any restaurant, whether it’s a corporate chain or cafe owned by a couple of guys who went to high school here in town. Ed Murrieta in Sac Biz Journal.

Try It: Broderick Roadhouse’s Bahn Mi Fries - The popular bahn mi fries are loaded with sweet, fork-tender slow-roasted pulled pork, pickled vegetables, jalapeño peppers and a house-made citrus-caramel sauce. Greasy, messy, decadent, spicy, and hard to eat, these exotic fries cry out for a cold pint of beer as an accompaniment (and result in some monster breath that will probably drive your sweetie away for the evening), but they’re a lot of fun. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Audio: Friday Food - Broderick Roadhouse -  When the Sacramento Burger Battle was held at Raley Field last fall, the fans voted for their favorite. The hands down winner was Broderick Roadhouse in West Sacramento. With their big burgers, Mac n Cheese and specialty cocktails, Broderick is a favorite just across the river from Sacramento. Kitty O'Neal on KFBK.


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