Hock Farm Craft & Provisions, which replaces Spataro at 14th & L, will open for dinner on Thursday, followed by a full opening for lunch, happy hour (!) and dinner on Monday, April 15, the restaurant announced on its Facebook Page.
Those who want to eat dinner there this week must have a reservation. No walk ins will be accommodated.
Hock Farm is a nod to our city's storied history. John Sutter's Hock Farm, established in 1841, was the first large-scale ag settlement in Northern California, and was named for the indigenous Nisenan Hock tribe located nearby.
Sac Bee's Cathie Anderson also profiled the managing partners of the new venture (along with Randy Paragary and Kurt Spataro).
[Shaun] Freeman and Hock Farm's other managing partners, Brad Peters and David La Rocha, also are removing the canopy on the east side of the building. These open spaces are an attempt to create a bridge between Hock Farm and neighboring restaurants.
"Where we're located, having the Capitol there and the theater and the convention center … and the hotels, we have built-in clients who obviously come in, but that doesn't always happen," Freeman said. "I think one of the main things we're focusing on is being able to bridge midtown and downtown together, so you have that residential core that's always coming in, so hopefully we can build to where it's not just assemblymen or convention-goers sitting at our bar or at our tables..."
Freeman, a Pollock Pines native, ran kitchens for the nation's largest privately held restaurateur, Tavistock Restaurant Group, before becoming a general manager at Café Bernardo. Peters has been a lead bartender at Paragary restaurants for a number of years, most recently at Centro Cocina Mexicana. And La Rocha, a protégé of Spataro's, was the chef at his mentor's namesake restaurant for many years.
Anderson has tons more about the restaurant and speculates about the long term future of the Paragary empire now that patriarch is 66 years old.
Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
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