Oak Park Brewing Company, Sacramento's soon-to-be newest brewery, is scheduled to open in Late Oct., reports Beers in Sac.
Oak Park Brewing Company is led by a team that includes Tom Karvonen, David Estis, Robert Stoddard (head brewer), and Christopher Davis-Murai (head chef). OPBC has been renovating a historic building at 35th Street on Broadway and making big plans to contribute to the Sacramento beer scene.
So what makes OPBC unique amidst the collective breweries in our beer-craved city? In a recent interview with the Sous chef, Eric Marais, I learned what might make OPBC different from the rest. Eric is a local chef, trained first at the American River Community College Restaurant Management program, and then at the Culinary Institute of America in San Francisco...
Eric returned to Sacramento in 2000, and cut his cooking teeth at several local restaurants, including Tuli Bistro, the Waterboy, and One Speed before learning about the vision of OPBC. Eric explained it as an affordable, fine- dining experience inspired by fresh, local ingredients, and a menu created in collaboration with the beer. Think Magpie at a brewery. This goes far beyond pub food. Eric noted, “This won’t be freezer to fryer. It’s farm to fork.”
Read the entire story in Beers in Sac.
When it opens, Oak Park Brewing Co. will be found at 3514 Broadway, and can be found online at http://www.opbrewco.com.
* Photo via the Oak Park Brewing Co.'s Facebook Page.
Roseville-based Jimboy's Tacos coming to Texas - There's a new common ground in the California-Texas rivalry: Jimboy's Tacos. The Roseville-based franchise will open its first Texas location this month, according to CultureMap Dallas. The store, which will be in Plano, is part of an expansion that's expected to include 8 to 11 Jimboy's locations in the Dallas area, the article says. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Togo's, Noodles & Co. join retail lineup at midtown's Legado de Ravel - The retail portion of midtown Sacramento's Legado de Ravel is fully leased, and includes additions such as Togo's and Noodles & Co. Legado de Ravel includes two multistory mixed-use buildings that line 16th Street. There are 84 residential units and six first-floor retail spaces. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Looking to the past and future at Frank Fat's - Frank Fat's is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and the celebrations are already underway with a special prix fixe menu through the end of October. The capital city's most famous Chinese restaurant is offering six courses of house specialties for $27.95 per person. But the party doesn't stop there. I recently chatted with Jerry Fat, Frank Fat’s son and current president of the Fat's Family of Restaurants, who explained that they are hosting a fun social media event in October. Every day from the Oct. 1 to Oct. 15, the restaurant group will be hiding a $75 gift card in different locations around Sacramento that are noteworthy to the Fat family’s history. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.
Let's Eat: Places to try this week include restaurants at an airport and in a card room - Looking for new lunch or dinner ideas? Here are three spots to consider this week. Lodi Airport Cafe, Sammy's Restaurant & Bar inside Stones Gambling Hall and Graciano's Deep Dish Pizza in Old Sac. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.
Breakfast Dining Gem in Carmichael - I always love discovering a good neighborhood breakfast spot—one where the food is solid and nourishing, the staff is warm and efficient, and the menu offers an interesting variety of items. I found such a spot in Carmichael recently called Lido Café & Bakery. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.