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Dining News: The Buzz Coffee Brewery Opens at the Senator Hotel

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The Buzz Coffee Brewery, which relocated from 500 Capitol Mall to the Senator Hotel at 12th & L, opened on Monday.

The cafe operates out of a small space in the front of the office building formerly occupied by a Bank of America ATM.

Bryan Martin, the owner of The Buzz, told Cowtown Eats in a quick interview on Monday that he opened a coffee cart at 500 Capitol Mall, knowing that Specialtys Cafe would eventually move in and displace him. He then looked for and found this new location.

The Buzz serves coffee custom roasted by Old Soul Co. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

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In addition to coffee, the cafe serves breakfast burritos (Martin recommends the chorizo breakfast burrito), soup and salads at lunch and desserts by Vesela Peneva. Vesela's desserts are also served at Stick Gator, where she has gotten rave reviews.

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Reviewers on Yelp seem to like the lunch offerings. "Brian makes the BEST tortilla soup EVER. Hands down. I could never stand tortilla soup until he offered me a sample of the tortilla soup and now I can't live without out it!!   He also makes killer panini sandwiches. Always adding something new and yummy to the menu," wrote Kita E. on Yelp.

Martin also said that he's considering getting a beer and wine license for the evening crowd to enjoy a drink on what might be Sacramento's best view of the State Capitol.

In recent weeks, the Senator Hotel has been bought by new owners. This move was in the works prior to the ownership change.

According to the Sac Biz Journal's Ben van der Meer, the building's new owners are considering a ground floor restaurant.

Miles said the plan is to keep the building in office use, as it has been for the last 30 years. Among the upgrades being planned are some exterior renovations and the addition of a first-floor restaurant with outdoor space, a fitness center and some conference rooms, he said.

Cowtown Eats confirmed Monday that the planned restaurant would be in addition to The Buzz Coffee. (Update 6/3/2015: Martin told me on Tuesday that according to building management, the new ground floor restaurant is at least 3 years out.)

(Disclosure: I work in that building, and I'm excited for all the new food choices.)

The Buzz Coffee Brewery can be found at 1121 L Street.

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