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The Corner Restaurant & Bar has become a popular neighborhood hangout over the last few years, but last week, it abrubtly announced on its Twitter feed that it was closing. I'd eaten there a few times and really enjoyed the energy of the place. Suzanne Hurt in the Sac Press has the details on what happened and what's next for the spot.

Now 30, Branscum recently bought The Corner Restaurant & Bar business and building after the previous owner decided to focus on acting. Branscum is remodeling the space and plans to open Clark's Corner there as his first solo venture on May 27.

Read the entire story in Sac Press.

Other News:

Shady Lady Saloon owners to open restaurant in Galt - The owners of downtown’s Shady Lady Saloon are set to open a new restaurant in Galt in two weeks featuring a blend of traditional American food mixed with lean California cuisine in a restored building from the Civil War era. Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

First Bite: Mikuni Kaizen - The menu differs from other Mikuni restaurants in that it places great emphasis on a huge selection of tapas ((I counted 73). All your beloved, lavishly-sauced sushi rolls are also available, but they are downplayed by the waiters, who encourage diners to make adventurous forays into the lineup of small plates. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Gonul's to become Vanilla Bean Bistro on June 6 - The Bee reported last month that two east Sacramento eateries, Gonul's J St. Cafe and Formoli's Bistro, would be swapping locations. That time is now about to come, with Gonul's changing its name to Vanilla Bean Bistro and opening June 6 at 3260 J St. Note that Gonul's will close its current location at 3839 J St. on May 29 to make way for the move. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

New executive chef at Enotria - The staff turnover continues at Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar, which re-opened in February following a $1.5 million remodel. Executive chef Anthony Brenes recently departed from Enotria, and sous chef John Komotos has been promoted to executive chef. This personnel change follows former wine director Chad Seaburg leaving for a gig in the medical industry, and being replaced by 26-year-old sommelier Jeremiah Morehouse. Komotos says Brenes left to help raise a new family and take work outside the restaurant industry. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Shoki Ramen House opens its second location - Japanese couple Kathy and Yasushi Ueyama officially opened their second location of Shoki Ramen House on R and 12th streets May 3. The new location has an outdoor patio and enclosed parking and can hold roughly twice as many customers as the 24th Street location. Nha Nguyen in Sac Press.

RESTAURANT THIR13EN previews its menu and location - Tuli Bistro owners Adam Pechal and Ulrike “Ulli” Lesk Petersen previewed the space and menu of their second restaurant, RESTAURANT THIR13EN, on Friday. The restaurant is located on the bottom floor of the Sterling Hotel at 1300 H St., where the restaurant Chanterelle was until it closed last January. Nha Nguyen in Sac Press.

Habesha Restaurant: Be like Mike - The gray, curly-haired owner both mans the counter and, when an order is taken, retreats to the kitchen to create it. Habesha, a person from Ethiopia, is what used to be Gyros Express, a place sequestered off Fair Oaks Boulevard in the dim reaches of an L-shaped strip mall across from Pavilions shopping center. To visit Habesha indeed requires extreme gumption, but a pilgrimage won’t be regretted. Don’t go just for Mike—although hanging with him is well worth the price of any meal on the menu—but for the Ethiopian fare he prepares. Greg Lucas in Sac News & Review.


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