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Dining News: Empress Tavern Sets Opening Date

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Empress Tavern, Sacramento's most heavily anticipated restaurant, will open at the end of the month, the Sac Bee's Chris Macias reports on Twitter.

Empress is latest effort by Chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera, the team behind the always packed vegetarian restaurant Mother on K Street. The restaurant, located in the basement of the Crest Theater, is expected to focus on rottisserie meats such as smoked prime rib, turducken and porchetta. The bar will be focused on gin, with several local beers on tap and a charity tap, where proceeds go to a local charity. Click here to see a longer menu preview in the Sac Bee.

While prices have yet to be revealed, Thiemann also says that the price point will be below that of the nearby Ella.

The Empress management and staff has long been hired and trained. On a recent visit to Mother, the Empress bar manager was keeping busy by running the cash register, waiting for Empress to open.

The team behind Mother has other concepts in the pipeline, including Maiden, an ice cream parlor, and Queen's Market, a fish shop.

When Empress Tavern opens, it will be located at 1013 K Street, and can be found online at http://empresstavern.com/.

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Morgan’s on Main - Jeff and Kellie Morgan, the husband-and-wife team behind the Woodland-based hospitality company Yolo Eats, will open this new restaurant in downtown Woodland in the fall. According to Yolo Eats general manager Brett Gardenhire, Morgan’s on Main (which takes over the space previously occupied by a steakhouse called Hoof and Fowl) will invoke an “old-world industrial feel [and] a modern wood approach” with wrought iron and saddle leather accents, wooden table tops and suspended beams in the dining room. In Sactown Magazine.

Pop-Up Dinner at Block Butcher Bar - Monday Supper is back at Block Butcher Bar on Monday, August 3. Monday Suppers offer a pop-up dinner experience at Block’s intimate hideaway where Chef Allyson Harvie presents a 4-course meal paired with spirit-forward cocktails by Bar Manager, Karina Martinez. We spent the last 5 days with Chef Allyson and Karina as they prepared for Monday Supper, from farmers market trips to hanging tomatoes and testing cocktails. Susan Yee in City Scout Magazine.

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15 Most Popular Sacramento Happy Hours of 2014

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Thank you for visiting Cowtown Eats and for making 2014 the biggest year yet! Cowtown Eats had more than 828,000 page views and 244,850 unique users. Also, thanks to valued sponsors like Strings Urban Kitchen who make Cowtown Eats possible. Please continue to tell your friends about the site.

These rankings are based on which happy hours Cowtown Eats readers are clicking on.

15. The Cheesecake Factory

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Sure it's a chain restaurant, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a following and a good happy hour. The Cheesecake Factory is a new addition to the top 15 list in 2014. 1771 Arden Way, Sacramento.

Click here for The Cheesecake Factory's happy hour info.

 

14. Fat's Asia Bistro (Roseville & Folsom)

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Last year, the Fat Family's Frank Fats restaurant was named an America's Classic by the James Beard Foundation for its timeless appeal. Now, the family's Fat's Asia Bistr has won an award that's likely a close second to winning a James Beard Award - 14th most popular happy hour on Cowtown Eats in 2014. 2585 Iron Point Rd in Folsom and 1500 Eureka Road in Roseville.

Click here for Fat's Asia Bistro happy hour info.

 

13. Blackbird Kitchen + Beer Gallery

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Like a phoenix, Blackbird rose from its ashes and reopened with a tweaked concept in February 2014. While it got off to a rocky start, the reviews have generally gotten better over the months.  If you haven't checked them out recently, at least give their happy hour a try. 1009 9th St., Sacramento.

Click here for Blackbird's happy hour info.

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Top 15 Happy Hours of August 2014

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The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of August 2014 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 2)
  3. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River (Last month's rank: 2)
  4. Buffalo Wild Wings (Last month's rank: 7)
  5. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 10)
  6. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 5)
  7. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 6)
  8. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 4)
  9. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 8)
  10. Cheesecake Factory (Last month: Unranked)
  11. Burgers & Brew (Last month: Unranked)
  12. Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery (Last month's rank: 12)
  13. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 11)
  14. Pour House (Last month's rank: 9)
  15. Fat's Asia Bistro (Last month's rank: 13)

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Top 15 Happy Hours of July 2014

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The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of July 2014 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River (Last month's rank: 6)
  3. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 2)
  4. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 3)
  5. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 4)
  6. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 5)
  7. Buffalo Wild Wings (Last month's rank: 8)
  8. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 10)
  9. Pour House (Last month's rank: 12)
  10. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 14)
  11. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 7)
  12. Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery (Last month's rank: 9)
  13. Fat's Asia Bistro (Last month: Unranked)
  14. Shady Lady Saloon (Last month's rank: 11)
  15. Chili's Bar & Grill (Last month's rank: 13)

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Dining News: Now Open - The University of Beer

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University of Beer's midtown location will hold its grand opening on Wednesday, June 22.

The restaurant and bar, whose first location was in Davis, held its soft opening on Tuesday night.

I signed up for their e-mail list off their Facebook page and snagged an invite. They were also letting people who showed up off the street into the restaurant.

After grabbing a round of beer there with a drinking companion, I can tell this place will be very successful. It has a very modern vibe, like a smaller, more neighborhood version of Firestone. It'll be a great sports bar. If they were open during the World Cup, soccer fans and alcoholics others who like to day drink would have been lined up outside the door. I can't wait to watch football on its more than half dozen screens later this year. They have seating for 60 or so inside with another approximately 25 seats on the patio.

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University of Beer features an extensive beer list and a modest food menu. With 100 beers on tap, they decided the best way to list all the beers were on a half dozen flat screen TVs on a rotating basis. You can also use your smart phone to check the list online. Honestly, it does the job, but is a little clunky.

The restaurant is bar/counter service, with beer and food orders handled at two registers to the far left when you enter the bar. Drinks, included two free tastings, are provided immediately, and food is delivered to your table. Unfortunately, during the soft opening, not all the beers were available and the prices weren't listed yet. I'm sure they'll fix these items as they get situated.

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I had passed by the location in recent weeks and while the physical space looked ready, its opening was delayed by red tape relating to its liquor license. They received their liquor license on Tuesday and opened on Tuesday night.

In addition to University of Beer's two locations, the family that owns the restaurant also owns Ket Mo Ree, a Thai restaurant in Davis. Their bar menu shows many Thai influences. While I love Thai food, I'm not sure their limited menu will be sufficient as the restaurant matures. I hope they continue to expand their menu as they grow into the space.

University of Beer can be found at 1510 16th St. and can be found online at http://www.theuob.com/.

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VIDEO: Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf - Adam Pechal of Pour House whips up for us a bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Eric Rucker on FOX 40.

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Top 15 Happy Hours of June 2014

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The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of June 2014 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 2)
  3. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 3)
  4. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 4)
  5. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 6)
  6. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River (Last month's rank: 8)
  7. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 5)
  8. Buffalo Wild Wings (Last month's rank: 10)
  9. Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery (Last month's rank: 9)
  10. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 11)
  11. Shady Lady Saloon (Last month's rank: 15)
  12. Pour House (Last month's rank: 7)
  13. Chili's Bar & Grill (Last month: Unranked)
  14. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 13)
  15. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 12)

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Top 15 Happy Hours of of May 2014

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The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of May 2014 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 2)
  3. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 3)
  4. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 5)
  5. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 4)
  6. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 9)
  7. Pour House (Last month's rank: 8)
  8. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River
  9. Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery (Last month's rank: 7)
  10. Buffalo Wild Wings (Last month's rank: 14)
  11. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 10)
  12. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 11)
  13. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 9)
  14. 33rd St. Bistro (Last month: Unranked)
  15. Shady Lady Saloon (Last month: Unranked)

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