Zokku Lounge, formerly located at 4th & J, is being replaced by Triple Double. Here are 10 things you need to know about the place, per an interview with one of the owners in late March.
1. Two of the partners are Joseph and Emma Waltz. Joseph is a restaurant veteran who has worked in restaurants since he was 15 in North Carolina, New Orleans, Atlanta, Virgina, etc. Emma is a bartender by trade and will lead the bar program.
2. Another partner is Trevlor Elliot, who graduated from the Cullinary Institute of America. He is also a huge basketball fan and helped name the restaurant.
3. The cuisine will be "elevated bar food." Their price point is $25 for two beers and an entree.
4. The Waltzes are transplants who bought a house in the Foothills, and fell in love with the area. They also considered opening a restaurant in Portland, but decided that Sacramento was a growing space that they wanted to be involved in.
5. Zokku used to have a sushi bar. They plan to turn it into an oyster bar.
6. Nate Hilderbrand, a New Orleans Chef, will help develop the menu.
7. Expected Opening Date: July 1, due to the length of time it will take to get their liquor license.
8. Their facade will feature CPI Paneling, which will allow Triple Double to display messages on via a LED grid, and the interior ambiance will be "a little industrial with a southern influence."
9. They'll have a second floor space that can accomodate political fundraisers or other private events.
10. Expect to see some menu items inspired by cajun seafood boil, or Low Country Boil as its known in North Carolina.
Both Emma and Joseph were very nice people who I happened to run into when checking out the restaurant. I hope they're very successful.
H/T Sactown Mag, who first reported on the new restaurant.
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