Dining News: Paragary's Midtown to Open on Friday
June 07, 2015
Paragary's Midtown, formerly known as Paragarys Bar and Oven, is scheduled to reopen after a 16 month, $1 million remodel for dinner on Friday.
Initially, the restaurant will only serve dinner as it gets its sea legs, but plans to add lunch and weekend brunch soon.
The new space, designed in part by Stacy Paragary, is very modern and handsome. She also helped design Hock Farm and Cafe Bernardo Pavillions. Prior to restaurant design work, she had designed commercial office spaces.
The previous Paragary's space was designed to feel like an old English bar, whereas the new space has English, French and California design influences. However, as a nod to their roots, there are still elements of the old walnut bar in the hostess stand and other pieces in the restaurant.
During a media event on Friday, she told Cowtown Eats that an early estimate for a remodel was $500,000. However, the cost expanded (as anybody who has ever had any work on their house knows) as they refined their vision and started picking out specific flooring, fixtures, etc.
The restaurant is decidedly not a white table cloth destination, and diners should feel free to come in shorts during the hot summer, said Stacy Paragary. Prices for a dinner entree are expected to be between $15 and $25.
The restaurant also has a large and gorgeous patio. It reminded me of a brighter, larger version of the patios at Hook and Ladder and Riverside Clubhouse.
The Paragary's Team has also worked to update the food and bar program, tapping Scott Ostrander to lead the kitchen and Brad Peters to lead the bar program. Here are their bios, per a recent Paragrary's press release:
Scott Ostrander, formerly chef at Esquire Grill, has been selected to be the Chef de Cuisine at Paragary’s. A Sacramento native, Scott has spent over 12 years working in some of this country’s finest restaurants including stints in the kitchens of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Alinea Restaurant and Yountville’s Lucy Restaurant & Bar. The newly inspired menu at Paragary’s will feature rustic fare inspired by French classics and dictated by local, seasonal ingredients.
Recently promoted to PRG Beverage Director, Brad Peters, will oversee the bar program at Paragary’s. Brad has over 9 years of experience working at some of the best craft cocktail bars in the city, and is the current President of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild’s Sacramento chapter. The bar program at Paragary’s will feature seasonal cocktail preparations and techniques using a vast array of French spirits, liqueurs and aromatized wines.
After 32 years in its previous incarnation, Paragary's became a place that you ate with your parents. With the new remodel, the Paragary's team hopes to attract a whole new generation of fans. Given the work they've done with their design and the talent they brought to the food and drink side, I think they have a great chance to be successful.
Paragary's Midtown is located at located at the corner of 28th & N Streets and can be found online at http://www.paragarys.com/sacramento-restaurants/paragarys/.
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