Trick Pony, which may have never overcome its inauspicious start, is now closed, the restaurant announced on Facebook over the weekend.
The restaurant will be reopened as Piccola Citta, an "Osteria-inspired, rustic Italian restaurant" in a month or so. Here's their message, in full:
Trick Pony Pizza, which opened in Summer 2014, is closed for rebranding and remodeling. The restaurant will reopen under a new name and updated concept one month later. Employees will be transferred to other properties during the rebrand.
Trick Pony Pizza launched in June 2014 and quickly made waves in local press, even prior to opening. Soon after, Chris Jarosz & Matt Chong of Broderick Roadhouse were soon contacted to take over operations of the wood-fire pizza restaurant concept.
However, over the past few months- it was soon realized that the pizza-centric concept was too limiting, and the location proved to be in demand for a menu beyond the Trick Pony concept.
Trick Pony will close for the month, and will reopen under the name, Piccola Citta, “Little City” in Italian. The grand opening is set for the first week of May, and the concept will grow into an Osteria-inspired, rustic Italian restaurant. The menu will still include wood-fired pizza, but will expand to include dishes inspired by rustic, countryside fare, but made with ingredients local to Sacramento. The restaurant will also feature a heavy focus on Italian wines.
Chris Jarosz and Matt Chong will remain as principle operators at Piccola Citta, along with its current investment group consisting of Mark Casales & Bobby Coyote from Dos Coyotes, and David Richter representing the Sam Gordon family.
Even before the restaurant opened, one of the original owners stuck his foot in his mouth by denigrating the quality of pizza in Sacramento. Later, the duo of Jarosz and Chong were brought in to see if they could save the restaurant. Team Broderick brought in a new chef and management team, including the popular Andrea Vedovato as manager. After the changes, the Sac Bee upgraded their rating of the restaurant.
If there's one thing I know about Team Broderick, it's that they bust their behinds. I wish them good luck in this new venture.
While we're on the topic if this spot...
Trick Pony replaced the very popular Tuli Bistro run by Chef Adam Pechal. Coincidentally, I spotted Chef Pechal dining at Ravenous Cafe in the Pocket last week. Chef Pechal could be heard from several tables away loudly discussing his upcoming restaurant in East Sac. This is the second time I had heard about Chef Pechal's new restaurant. On January 9, I ate at a Treehouse popup, where Treehouse Chef Kevin O'Connor congratulated Chef Pechal (who had joined him in preparing the meal) on his new venture during his public remarks. I followed up with Chef Pechal via e-mail in January, but he declined to elaborate at that time. More on this as it becomes available.
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