First of two parts.
With the new arena and a strong economy, 2016 will be a banner year for restaurants opening in the greater Sacramento area. Here are some of the most anticipated:
1. OBO' Italian
The latest restaurant by family who own Ella, The Kitchen and Selland's Market Cafe, OBO' Italian will be "a casual, food-centric dining experience and feature a full bar and patio dining, as well as take out and catering." The menu was originally created by Chef Kelly McCown, formerly of Ella and St. Helena's Goose & Gander. However, due to delays in the restaurant's opening, Chef McCown has moved on to helm the Kitchen, with family patriarch Randall Selland promising to find another chef to run OBO' Italian. The restaurant is expected to open in May and will be located at 3145 Folsom Blvd. Click here for more information.
2. Kru Sushi
More of a relocation rather than an entirely new restaurant, Billy Ngo's Kru will move from its cramped current location at 2516 J St. to a new, larger space next to OBO' Italian where they'll have a more spacious kitchen serving more diners. Kru is expected to open at its new location at 3145 Folsom Blvd in June. Click here for more information.
3. Saddle Rock
Saddle Rock, which replaces Capital Dime at 18th & L, will feature a collaboration between rising star chef Kevin O'Connor and Working Class Heroes, the team behind Broderick. The restaurant is named after one of Sacramento's first eateries, Saddle Rock Restaurant, and the menu is expected to highlight Sacramento's history and culture. The space has been "coming soon" for the last 6 months or so, but I think it'll be worth the wait. Click here for more information.
Replacing the beloved Doughbot at 2226 10th St., Binchoyaki will feature "fabulous yakitori plus good sake plus awesome company." They'll have The Grid's only robata, where food items are cooked on skewers over sumi charcoal. Their signage just went up in the past week, so they're getting closer to opening. I'm excited. Click here for more information.
5. Old Soul Co. and Pullman Bar
Expanding from their roots as a cafe, Old Soul Co. will add a restaurant to its newest location on R Street, Sacramento's hottest up and coming retail corridor. Located across the street from Bottle & Barlow at the Warehouse Artist Lofts at 12th & R, Old Soul Co. and Pullman bar is expected to be separate cafe and restaurant entrances, with an interior pass through so customers can easily travel between the two establishments. Click here for more information.