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Dining News: Bacon & Butter on the Move


Bacon & Butter, the daytime only restaurant on 21st helmed by chef Billy Zoellin, is getting ready to move to 59th & Broadway, reports the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson.

As best I can tell, the restaurant will replace Phu's Chinese Restaurant (pictured above, via Google Street View), which closed recently. Zoellin, per the Sac Bee report, plans to make improvements to the building.

But the really interesting tidbit of news is how close Bacon & Butter came to replacing Blackbird.

Zoellin said he had made an offer to buy Blackbird’s equipment and furnishings and take over the terms of the long-term lease. The deal had been accepted by Blackbird’s owner-chef Carina Lampkin and her step-father, attorney John Thacker, who was a co-owner who had made it clear he wanted out of the restaurant business.

Three days before Zoellin was set to close on the deal and sign papers, Lampkin had a change of heart, pulled out of the agreement and soon announced she was going to reopen Blackbird with new partners. We’ll have more on that in a separate blog post, coming soon...

Zoellin didn’t mince any words about how Lampkin conducted herself.

“I was a little heartbroken over it because it had gone so far along,” he said. “We put our money on the table, did our due diligence and could seethe light at the end of the tunnel. We were three days away from the closing and I got a call that Carina had changed her mind and was going to buy out her parents.”

The more I read about Lampkin, the less I'd want to give her any of my hard earned money. She laid off her staff when the restaurant closed via e-mail. She strung Zoellin along before she changed her mind. Maybe she has a different side of the story, but if she does, she's not telling it.

Read the entire post (with more about Blackbird's new concept) in the Sac Bee.

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Hey Bacon and Butter- This is the worst idea I've ever heard of. Take a look around that area, take a look at your customer base and see if the two match.

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