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Dining News: The Jungle Bird by Tank House Owners to Take Over Kru Space

Jungle birdWhen Kru Sushi, by Billy Ngo, leaves its current space, Tank House owners Melissa and Tyler Williams will open The Jungle Bird, reports Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Kru initially expected to retain the spot at 2516 J St., likely for a restaurant with a slightly different concept. But on Tuesday, Kru chef and owner Billy Ngo confirmed he won't be involved in the new business.

Ngo said he once planned to redo the concept for Red Lotus, his midtown dim sum restaurant that closed in 2011, at the Kru space. Red Lotus was at 2718 J St. With Kru's move and the expansion of Fish Face Poke Bar, his other restaurant, he decided to wait.

Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.

This is the first I had read that the space was supposed to become a Red Lotus. Ngo told the Sac Bee in August 2014 that Kru would be replaced by a "new sushi-only concept that is intended to showcase the craft at the very highest levels."

Sorich also reports that Kru expects to move into its new, larger location adjacent to Obo' Italian in June.

As for The Jungle Bird, information was not immediately available about the concept. However, The Jungle Bird is a tiki drink invented in the 1970s in Kuala Lumpur. With Tiki bars again rising in popularity, my money is that we'll have more rum and tropical drinks on the grid.

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Craving of the week: The Mill’s Waffle-in-Hand - The waffle, which is served from 7 a.m.-noon every day, is made in the same few minutes it takes to make your cappuccino and can be placed on a plate with sides of maple syrup, house-made butter or jams in flavors like pluot. But we think it's at its best when ordered the same way they do in Belgium: plain, in hand and on the go. Either way, no waffling about this breakfast treat: We give it two sugar-coated thumbs up. Tori Masucci Cummins in Sactown Mag.

Hawks Provisions & Public House expands with brunch - Brunch fans have another place to check out soon: Hawks Provisions & Public House. The Sacramento casual outpost of the Granite Bay fine dining destination, Hawks Public House (1525 Alhambra Boulevard) will start brunch service on Sunday, February 7. The menu is pretty compact—seven small plates and seven mains to choose from—with a European bent. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Berkeley’s Fieldwork Brewing to open taproom in midtown - Fieldwork Brewing, which exploded on the craft beer scene in the Bay Area a year ago and rose to lofty heights among aficionados, has signed a deal to open a taproom in midtown Sacramento. The new branch is considered a significant step in the city’s burgeoning beer scene and a contribution to its growing reputation as a craft beer hotbed. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Dining review: Dos Coyotes, 25 years, enduring quality - Turns out the food does not require embellishment at Dos Coyotes, a counter-service, Southwestern-food chain founded in 1991 in Davis by Southern California transplant Bobby Coyote (not his government name, but the only one he uses professionally). Dos Coyotes’ chicken, marinaded with citrus and herbs before being charbroiled, is consistently tender. Its shrimp is juicy and its green chili sauce, made with New Mexico hatch chilies, carries a sneak-attack touch of heat. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

Downtown Roseville business changes hands - A Dash of Panache, of the region's few remaining tea parlors, has new owners. But tea won't disappear from the downtown Roseville store. Husband-and-wife team Paul and Debra Gillman bought the business at 217 Vernon St. from Scott Alvord. Escrow closed Feb. 1. Terms were not disclosed. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: 5 Things to Know About RailBridge Cellars & Co., Opening in Elks Tower

Railbridge cellarsEarlier this month, Cowtown Eats reported that the new RailBridge Cellars & Co. would open in the ground floor of the Elks Tower on Feb. 10. Now, Sac Biz Journal's Sonya Sorich has more details on the place.

Here are 5 things you need to know about this upcoming restaurant:

1. The executive chef will be Christian Sieck, who worked in Enotria for 10 years in the same role before leaving to help open Toast in Granite Bay in 2007.

2. One of their featured sandwiches will be a pastrami sandwich called "The Levine," named after Larry Levine who helped source the meat. Levine is the father of former Assemblyman Lloyd Levine and the father in law of KCRA anchor Edie Lambert.

3. The restaurant plans a soft opening on Feb. 1 ahead of its Feb. 10 grand opening.

4. Prior to 2 p.m., the restaurant will offer counter service, with the late afternoon and evening crowd getting table service.

5. The restaurant will "focus on wine and craft beer, with some specialty Manhattans and martinis."

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

When it opens, RailBridge Cellars will be located at 921 11th St., and can be found online at https://www.railbridgecellarsandcompany.com/.

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First Impressions: New Hawks good but loud - As an offshoot of a fine-dining restaurant that keeps the atmosphere casual but food quality high, the new Hawks immediately evokes OneSpeed, Rick Mahan’s (The Waterboy) pizza-centric place that sits not too far away from Hawks, on Folsom Boulevard. OneSpeed’s high noise levels never have deterred East Sacramentans from patronizing it. Hawks likely will keep packing ’em in as well, especially given its high quality of service. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

The Ramen King: Ryujin and Raijin Ramen House Owner Sai Wong - Lately nothing sounds better to me on a cold winter day than walking over to a local ramen house and refueling by way of slurpable noodles in a piping hot, deeply flavored broth. For a while, Sacramento had very few places to satisfy this craving; now the demand is growing and high-quality ramen is not so hard to find. One man responsible for bringing high-quality ramen to Sacramento is Sai Wong. Mr. Wong is a restaurateur who lives and breathes ramen, so it made sense for him to open not just one, but two ramen houses in the area. What caught my eye, however, was the fact that they are located right across the street from each other. Ronnie Cline in Submerge Mag.

West Sacramento approves grant application for new craft brewery - Revision Brewing Company received a nod of approval from the West Sacramento City Council last week to set up a craft microbrewery and taproom in town. Council members passed a resolution at their Wednesday meeting to submit a $330,000 grant application to the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to provide the brewery a loan for its startup costs. Revision Brewing is co-owned and co-operated by Jeremy Warren, founder of popular Knee Deep Brewing Company in Auburn, and Jeb Taylor. Ellen Garrison in the Sac Bee.

Coffee wars continue as new player enters region - The Human Bean will welcome customers next week. The drive-thru kiosk at 2401 Coppervale Drive in Rocklin will open at 5 a.m. on Jan. 12. It's the second Human Bean location in California. The company offers a variety of espresso beverages, as well as teas and smoothies. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Here's what's happening at Poor Red's - Call it a renovation, upgrade or expansion. Either way, El Dorado County landmark Poor Red's Bar-B-Q is getting closer to reopening. The bar and restaurant is expected to be ready for customers in March, according to the business partners involved in the venture. Jeff Genovese, Mike Genovese and Mike Hountalas are leading the project. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: RIP Mighty Tavern, Closing on Saturday

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After more than two years in business, Mighty Tavern in Fair Oaks is closing after dinner service on Saturday, Dec. 19, owners Joan Reid Lapuyade and Dennis Lapuyade announced on Friday morning via e-mail.

Here's their message in its entirety.

With sadness and gratitude, we will close the Mighty Tavern doors after dinner service on Saturday, December 19, and bid a fond farewell to the friends who’ve supported our venture for the past 2+ years. Mighty Tavern was born from the belief that our Fair Oaks neighbors needed a cozy spot to gather over good, seasonal food and craft drinks. We still believe this. But it’s time for Joan to focus her energy on other dreams in the Bay Area, and Dennis to enjoy a new life in Switzerland. Joan is selling/leasing the Mighty Tavern business. We are grateful for our talented staff, our local purveyors, and of course the loyal customers who helped make us successful. We’re proud of the accolades that Mighty Tavern received from the media and our fans. Please come enjoy an evening at Mighty Tavern, and say hello when you’re here.

The restaurant's closure comes just weeks after the Sacramento Bee's Carla Meyer gave the restaurant a mild review. While she loved the burger and sitting at the bar, she called the rest of the rest of the entree list "unimaginative" and the formal dining room reminiscent of restaurants from the 1970s and '80s. Read the entire review in the Sacramento Bee.

The restaurant has been in flux lately. Talented chef Jason Azevedo left Mighty Tavern earlier this year for Paragary Restaurant Group's Esquire Grill, and was recently promoted to chef de cuisine at Hock Farm, another Paragary property. Azevedo was replaced by Christian Flood, who also recently left to run the kitchen at the new Hawks Public House.

Dennis Lapuyade, who co-owns the restaurant with his ex wife Joan Reid Rapuyade, also moved to Switzerland in August.

Prior to Mighty Tavern, the space previously housed the restaurant La Boheme for two decades.

I've only eaten there once, when Chef Azevedo worked there and found the cuisine delightful. However, it's a hike from Downtown, and we never made it back. I wish the employees of the restaurant good luck.

Mighty Tavern is located at 9634 Fair Oaks Blvd in Fair Oaks, and can be found online at https://www.mightytavern.com/.

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New Hawks restaurant opens in Sacramento - We tried Hawks Public House’s liverwurst small plate, which held a generous portion of mildly tangy liverwurst, plus frisee and apple slices, and cost just $6. The pub’s menu focuses on small bites but includes three entree pastas, a burger and braised pork shank. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

Your Local Butcher is Not Named Sam – V. Miller Meats Craft Butchery - at a new craft butchery shop in East Sacramento, they literally are bringing home the bacon. Meet 24 year old Cindy Garcia. A graduate of UC Davis, Cindy had a dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon for our beloved furry friends. Cristina Guccione on Girls on the Grid.

Eat with the animals - Combine holiday cheer, zoo fun and food truck mayhem on one night only: Wednesday, December 16. This month, the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is decked out in thousands of lights. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

New Sacramento nightspot offers music that's old-fashioned in a good way - B-Side opened at 7 p.m. Friday night. The venue at 1430 S St., which emphasizes vinyl records, fills a space previously occupied by the Monte Carlo Club. B-Side is owned by Garrett Van Vleck, Jason Boggs, Alex Origoni and Bret Bair. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

T4 to Open in Natomas Before Year’s End - Work is near completion on the new T4 location in Natomas expected to open before year’s end. The restaurant is located at 4660 Natomas Boulevard, in Suite 120, a 1,050 square-foot space previously occupied by Postnet from January 2002 to September 2014. On Natomas Buzz.

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Dining News: Now Open - Hawks Public House

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Hawks Public House, the more casual East Sac outpost of the critically acclaimed Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, opened on Tuesday, it announced on Facebook.

For the first week or two, the restaurant will only be open for dinner service. When they get their sea legs, they'll expand to add lunch service.

Here's how the Sac Bee described the restaurant back in January:

The fine-dining destination Hawks in Granite Bay will lose the white tablecloths when two casual, sister restaurants debut in adjacent buildings sharing a patio. The smaller space will specialize in pre-made grab ’n’ go breakfast (an emphasis on baked goods), lunch and take-home dinner, with a “well-edited” menu of sandwiches and salads. Note: It won’t be a deli. The larger sit-down gastropub will have a full bar and stained-concrete floors, along with Hawks’ same dedication to quality and farm-to-fork philosophy.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Hawks Public House was first announced in 2013. It's good to see that it finally opened. I look forward to giving the place a try.

Hawks Public House is located at 1525 Alhambra Blvd. and can be found online (eventually) at https://hawksprovisionsandpublichouse.com/.

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Beer Run: A craft brew language primer - Our breweries have won significant awards, the top-tier brewmasters have separated themselves from the pack, the overall quality of the beer is high and the range of styles in Sacramento is broader than ever. With such excellent brew flowing around town, what follows is an informal primer to get you up to speed and help you feel at home at your favorite brewery or beer-centric pub. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Holiday cheer - Enjoy the holiday season in luxury-mode at Formoli's Bistro, which is offering a swanky deal this month in the name of “Celebrating Home for the Holidays.” Because Sacramento is rad, and we can feel the seasonal magic right here. With Formoli's holiday light package, you'll get picked up by a limo, escorted to a four-course dinner, then driven through the Fabulous Forties neighborhood to admire the twinkling, lit-up displays. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Tacos forever - The newest is the reincarnation of Cafe Soleil, formerly in Cesar Chavez Plaza. While Cafe Soleil served American food with some Mexican dishes, Soleil Mexican American Cuisine (2790 Stockton Boulevard) serves Mexican food with some American dishes. That means breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, street tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and enchiladas—plus some sandwiches, like turkey and tri-tip, and salads, including a chicken Caesar. The bright-orange kiosk most recently housed Sacto Chicken Co., which served Caribbean fried chicken until it closed in February. Prior to that, it was an orange-freeze stand. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Meet & Eat - Meet & Eat offers a unique spin on everyday lunch staples, including a hearty veggie sandwich filled with red beets and herb-marinated eggplant between two slices of feta cheese-encrusted focaccia bread; and a posh salmon salad topped with delicate filets of salmon and paprika-filled green olives. In Sactown Mag. (Third item.)

RIP Vampire Penguin in Davis - Vampire Penguin, the shaved snow dessert house at 130 G St., Suite C, has closed. A sign on the door refers prospective customers to its locations in Sacramento and Elk Grove. It opened in January. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise.

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Dining News: Hawks Provisions and Public House to Open This Month

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Hawks Provisions and Public House, the East Sac outpost for the critically-acclaimed Granite Bay restaurant Hawks, is expected to open in November in time for the holiday rush, reports the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson.

The restaurant was first announced in Feb. 2013, and the restaurant will finally open 30 months later. They had previously planned to open in Aug. 2014, March 2015 and now finally Nov. 2015.

In an interview with Hawks co-owner Michael Fagnoni, Robertson also reports that:

  • They decided to open a second restaurant, in part, to create new opportunities for the staff.
  • The restaurant will be a gastropub-style establishment with six beers on tap.
  • They've already received reservations for holiday parties in 2016.

Read the entire Q and A  in the Sac Bee.

When it opens, Hawks Provisions and Public House will be located at 1525 Alhambra Blvd. and can be found online at https://hawksprovisionsandpublichouse.com/.

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Beer Run: Now in Year 3, here’s how Bike Dog overachieved - The questions no one really seemed to be asking a couple of years ago, as the boom hit full stride, were, “Which of the newcomers would exceed expectations?” and “Which humble, little brewery would dial up good beer and dial in all the little things that add up to a pleasing beer-drinking experience?” The answer is Bike Dog Brewing. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Florida company wants a piece of Sacramento's craft beer scene - The Brass Tap, billed as an upscale craft beer and wine bar with food, recently entered California with a location in Vacaville. Peter Petrosian, the company's chief development officer, said he's eyeing Sacramento as The Brass Tap continues to expand throughout the state...Plans are still in the early stages. Petrosian is looking for local franchisees and hasn't finalized location details or a time frame for opening. But he thinks the region "can support multiple locations." Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

The winner of the second annual Sacramento National Nachos Day Crawl - It actually started in the afternoon, 3 p.m., on Broadway at Maya's. A server delivered thoughtfully plated nachos—sour-cream zigzags, zesty grilled peppers, plus the requisite cheese and chips, beans, guacamole and such, for 9 bucks. This first offering had the crew philosophizing as to what makes a nacho. But that exploration was fleeting, and perhaps Adam's insight was sufficient: “When the cheese hits the chip...” Maya's wins the NND Crawl for the second straight year. Nick Miller in Sac News & Review.

Localis - On Oct. 20, this popular midtown destination for the farm-to-fork loving dinner crowd expanded its menu and hours to begin serving lunch...The menu, masterminded by executive chef Christopher Barnum, who wanted to put his own creative twist on beloved lunch classics, includes a pastrami sandwich with thin cut slices of house-seasoned smoked beef, cabbage and grainy mustard aioli piled high onto Localis’ house-made rye bread. Heather Kemp and Johanna Pugh in Sactown Magazine.

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Dining News: Midtown's Orchid Thai Still a Work in Progress

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Orchid Thai, which opened at 16 Powerhouse over the summer, still has some work to do, says Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

The larb vote count, of 2-2, reflects my larger, split-down-the-middle experience at Orchid Thai, a 3-month-old restaurant that sits next to Magpie Cafe in the new 16 Powerhouse building at 16th and P streets. For every dish that wowed (a piquant yet soothing tom yum soup), another disappointed (drunken noodles with too-dry pork).

Orchid Thai also suffers from over-service, that phenomenon in which too many members of the staff arrive at one’s table during a meal. Forging a connection with one’s server, no matter how fleeting that connection might be, enhances the dining experience. But on our first visit to Orchid Thai, our original server’s face became a dim memory as other people – either other servers or food runners, and maybe even the bartender? – approached our table to deliver dishes or ask how we were doing.

Clearly, Orchid Thai’s owners, Wa Tchang and Danny Fung (Tchang also owns the original Orchid Thai, in Lincoln), want to ensure diners are taken care of. But the team approach did not prevent service gaps.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Orchid Thai is located at 1609 16th St and can be found online at https://www.orchidthai916.com/.

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Beer Run: Brewers help resurrect area’s vibrant hop past - On a recent afternoon, the back part of Rubicon Brewing’s pub was awash in small, bright green cones alive with aroma. To those who brew beer, these compact buds are things of beauty. This batch, picked the day before near Winters and delivered to the midtown brewery within hours, will be used to brew a special seasonal “wet-hopped” beer. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Developer plans 13-story condo tower in midtown - Developer Ryan Heater is proposing to construct a tower at the southeast corner of 25th and J streets dubbed “Yamanee,” a phrase used to describe something spicy or unexpected...The city planning commission should review the project early next year and construction could begin as early as late 2016, said land use attorney Jim Wiley, whose firm Taylor & Wiley submitted the permit application. The project requires the city’s approval to build above the 65-foot height limit for that part of midtown, Wiley said. The building would have a restaurant and commercial space on the ground floor, followed by two levels of parking and 10 stories of condos. A small “amenities space” on the top floor would include a gym, spa and infinity pool, Heater said. Ryan Lillis in the Sac Bee.

Kings announce first tenants for arena retail space, now called Downtown Commons - The mixed-use development around Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento has a name – and its first three confirmed tenants. Officials with the Sacramento Kings and JMA Ventures said they have dubbed retail space in a redeveloped portion of Downtown Plaza, along with the mixed-use hotel tower now under construction, as "Downtown Commons." Faturing Pour Society, Punch Bowl Social and Sauced BBQ & Spirits. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

Local chef in running for 'America's best breakfast recipe' - An intense war is underway, and the weapon chest includes spatulas. Chefs nationwide are competing in a Hometown Breakfast Battle, including a contender from the Sacramento region. Ed Lopez, chef de cuisine at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, is among the 135 chefs in the contest presented by Thomas' Breads. Lopez said the company, known for its English muffins, contacted him this summer and asked him to participate. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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