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Dining News (AM Edition): RIP Blackbird

I've been on vacation for the last couple weeks. In order to catch up on the news that I missed, I'll be doing two news roundup posts a day for the next few days until I'm reasonably caught up.

Blackbird Kitchen & Bar, the downtown restaurant that would probably be best personified by New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, closed on Monday, Sept. 30, reports the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson.

In a subsequent post, Robertson was able to shed a little light on what happened.

[Blackbird partner John] Thacker told me the quirky/creative/high-end image was something Blackbird could never really escape.

“We appeared a little too high-end and boutique-y and quirky at the beginning, and that it was a costly meal we put on the plate,” he said. “At the beginning, it was my hope that the bar could support the kitchen. My fear was that Sacramento would not support what was coming out of the kitchen at this time in that location. I qualify that statement in that way because I absolutely feel that downtown is not a lost cause.”

Read the entire post in the Sac Bee.

Robertson also reports that both vendors and employees are being paid.

I'm saddened that the Downtown core has lost one of its most unique restaurants. While it was never fine dining, every time I ate or drank there, I found the food and drink to be good to great, although the service at times could be frustratingly slow.

But with the close of a restaurant brings the opportunity for a new chef/entrepreneur to step up. I was sad when Thai Gaesorn (the previous occupant of that space) closed, but that gave Blackbird a chance to fill its shoes. I'm similarly unhappy that Blackbird is closing, but hopefully, I'll be pleasantly surprised by its replacement.

I look forward to finding out.

More News:

Dos Coyotes Stalks Downtown - Coyote said Dos Coyotes will be one of the tenants in a project currently under construction at 15th and R streets in what used to be the building that housed the state Department of Personnel Administration, Benefits Division. Ed Murrietta on Sac Biz Lunch.

Law allows booze tastings at distilleries - Distilleries are in high spirits over a new law to allow liquor tastings in California. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 933, authored by Bay Area Democrat Nancy Skinner, to allow craft distilleries that produce artisan bourbon, whiskey, and other forms of hard liquor to offer paid tastings at their manufacturing facilities. The new law amends regulations that date back to Prohibition that ban distilleries from charging for tastings. Distilleries now will be able to better compete with wineries and breweries. Christopher Arns on Sac Biz Journal.

15,000 say yes to rewards of Paragary’s iEat program - Roughly 15,000 people are using the iEat Rewards program introduced by the Paragary Restaurant Group in February, so marketing director Callista Wengler is feeling pretty certain that she’ll meet the one-year goal of 20,000. Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.

Governor taps brewery to sign growler bill - Gov. Jerry Brown tapped a new era in California's craft beer scene Wednesday night in Sacramento, signing into law a bill that makes it easier for craft beer drinkers to get take-out jugs filled at small breweries. Also making news was the location where the governor signed Assembly Bill 647: Track 7 Brewing Co., the very type of small craft brewery and taproom whose customers stand to benefit from the law that takes effect Jan. 1. Ed Murrieta in Sac Biz Journal.

VIDEO: Dishin' With Tina: Siam Patio - Tina Macuha shared the delicious Thai cuisine from Siam Patio. On Good Day Sac.


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