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Daily Dining News: RIP Sweetwater Restaurant & Bar


Sweetwater Restaurant & Bar moved to midtown from East Sac in August 2009, replacing Finns, a seafood restaurant. In that time, I've gone there for happy hour a few times and ate brunch there recently on a Groupon. I thought their happy hour food as solid, but their brunch left a lot to be desired.

Here are some more details bout the closing from the Sac Bee's Chris Macias:

[Co-owner Brad] Ross said diners simply aren't spending money like they used to.

"Business had been solid but the economic climate has changed," said Ross. "People rely on Groupons and happy hours. It's now a big part of our culture, but the profit margins haven't changed. Therefore, some other things have to change as well. People used to come in and spend $100 on the way home from work. That $100 doesn't exist very often now."

Ross, who co-owned Sweetwater with Tom Rockenbaugh, said there's no plans for now to re-open Sweetwater in a different spot.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

So maybe I was their exact problem. I'm sad that they're gone and for those who have lost their jobs, but I'm hopeful that a new and vibrant (and better) restaurant will fill that spot.

PS: I want to add that I'm forever thankful that Sweetwater hosted the one charity event we did a couple years back. At that event, we raised $100 so a needy family could have gifts that Christmas. I wish their owners good luck in whatever their future holds.

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There's one main reason my friends and I would avoid Sweetwater when deciding where to go for brunch: their horrible ice. Sounds ridiculous, but hear me out. Sweetwater had a sweet bloody mary bar with all the fixin's. One problem, though, is that it was only an unlimited bloody bar on one weekend day. I could never remember if it was Saturday or Sunday. That was annoying. But the far bigger issue was the only ice they had was little rabbit-pellet ice that turned your bloody mary into a slushy. It completely ruined an otherwise good bloody. Unacceptable. With so much competition out there for our hard-earned brunch dollars, little things like crappy ice make all the difference in the world.

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