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Dining News: Catching Up on South


South might be Sacramento's longest incubating restaurant. The project was first announced in Aug. 2012, but they're making progress.

First, an update from Sactown Mag in July:

Husband and wife team Ian and N'Gina Kavookjian, who previously owned Eight American Bistro in Granite Bay, say they’ll open South at 11th and T streets, in the former location of Chinese grocery store Cheung Hing Company, which closed in 2012. They intend to start renovations on the 1,500-square-foot space in August.

The news follows the Kavookjians’ attempt to open South five blocks away at the former location of the historic Paris French Bakery. Complications with city permits and renovations pushed the project back and recently spawned an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly $5,600 (those funds will now be used toward the new space).

Read the entire story in Sactown Mag.

On their Web site, N'Gina provided an update in early Oct. on the travails on opening a new restaurant.

The challenges of our new schedule, of cleaning all day and then parenting at night, are starting to take their toll. We worry if we will open on time, can we make it this second time around, how are the kids holding up, all that self doubt shit that you do to sabotage your progress.  Panic attacks, arguing, apologizing, forcing each other to get some sleep, and that therapeutic glass of wine in the shower while washing off the grime that covers every inch of our skin.

That said, our tribe of friends and family is strong. They've helped clean, offered their skills for projects that we could have never tackled alone, had the come to Jesus talks with us when we are not seeing the forest for the trees and they have shared more than a couple beers at the end of the long days. When South opens I hope people understand how much so many people put into the birth of this baby. It's not just ours, it's really everyone's. So thank you to those that have helped and those that continue to support us. I know the wait has been long, but we are almost there and it will be well worth it.

Read the entire post on WeHeartFriedChicken.com.

Finally, the Sac Bee's Chris Macias has an update on when they expect to open.

I've had Chef Rachel's food at Revolution Wines several times in the last year, and always found it to be excellent. I look forward to giving South a try.

More News:

Wonderful food, excellent service at Thien Phu - One place worth getting your passport stamped in this Southeast Asia culinary wonderland is Thien Phu, a relatively new Vietnamese restaurant with great potential. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Frank Fat’s family carries dining legacy through the generations - Sacramento’s dining scene has undergone significant growth and change over the past decade, but a few things remain the same: Honey walnut shrimp, N.Y. steak with onion and oyster sauce, banana cream pie for dessert. These are the hallmark items of Frank Fat’s, the downtown restaurant celebrating its 75th birthday. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Family expands into restaurant business at Adamo's - Tony DiMichele is the chef of the restaurant and was a line cook at Grange before being offered the position of executive chef at Adamo’s. "The biggest challenge is figuring out the logistics; I’m surprised how new we all are at running a restaurant. We don’t have a ton of experience, but we all got behind each other,” he says. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Rediscover Roxy Restaurant and Bar - A Sacramento staple for more than eight years, Roxy Restaurant and Bar is known for its tasty food, stylish décor and popular weekend brunch. However, with the help of Roxy’s new manager (and award-winning mixologist) Chris Rosas, it’s time to add robust happy hour to the list. Amanda Frew, Tricia Juanitas and Jake Ferguson on Sac Foodies.

ASR Restaurant & Lounge: By-the-book fancy - Can I recommend ASR? Not particularly. If you’re in Roseville it certainly beats going to any of the chains, no question. Perhaps time, attention, and a bit more creativity will make ASR the sort of culinary destination I assume it strives to become. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.

Bargain bites, drinks at Ruth’s Chris happy hour - When we’re in the mood for bites and sips at a bargain price (relatively speaking), we wade through the well-dressed crowds in the bar areas of Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Pavilions or the Galleria shopping centers. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Worth Seeking Out: Folsom's Curry Club - I discovered a gem of an Indian restaurant recently in Folsom. Tucked away (barely visible from the street) in a small retail strip, Curry Club on Blue Ravine Road is a cozy, family-owned establishment that offers up a first-rate lunch buffet (which caters to both carnivores and vegetarians). Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

VIDEO: Baguettes New Location - Today Morgan Ragan is at Baguettes Deli!! Their motto is... "If it's not made fresh, it's not made!" On Good Day Sac.

VIDEO: Moo Moo Tea And Coffee - Lori Wallace joins us in Elk Grove from Moo Moo Tea and Coffee Shop. They serve milk tea, boba, and shaved ice. On Good Day Sac.

VIDEO: House of Oliver Wine Bar - Tina Macuha is with the pastor and his brother who own wine bar in Roseville. On Good Day Sac.


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