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The opening of Federalist Public House, the much anticipated biergarten at 20th & N, has been delayed until mid-August, reports the Sac Bee's Chris Macias.

Sactown Magazine's Stephanie Towne had previously reported that the restaurant would be open the first week of August. As with many other restaurant grand openings, they are often delayed due to permitting or construction issues. I'm sure Federalist Public House is no different. I do hope they open before the weather's no longer conducive for outdoor drinking.

While they're on the topic, the Sac Bee had a good article about the recent popularity of using shipping containers in restaurant construction, featuring Federalist Public House.

Federalist will concentrate on wine and beer from Northern California, especially the Sacramento region, and will bake pizzas in a wood-fired oven. It will also have a bocce court.

The interior design will take its cues from the historic home in front, Maldonado said. The restaurant has a founders’ club, whose members pay $250 to drink 25-cent beers served in stainless-steel tankards modeled after 18th century pewter mugs.

The exterior will retain the look of the shipping containers, except for covering the mismatched shades of red with a uniform blue paint job. A rooftop garden with 4 inches of soil will help deflect heat and possibly supply herbs for the kitchen, Maldonado said. The kitchen and bar area will have swamp coolers. Ceiling fans will rotate above the dining area, which will have one long side open to the outdoors.

The shipping containers ranged in price from about $1,800 to $3,700, Maldonado said. One held garlic by the smell of it and came from China, he said. Another had Arabic markings and tire stickers plastered on the walls.

Read the entire article by Hudson Sangree in the Sac Bee.

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