Blackbird officially says it will reopen in the month of October, but has been inviting followers to a West End party on 10/23, which means they plan to open before then.
Blackbird closed in May due to water damage from a broken pipe. Wrangling with their insurance company and additional renovations have delayed its targeted July 17 reopening.
** Update 9/29/2015 - Carina contacted me over the weekend to say that the West End Wonderland party will serve as its grand re-opening and does not expect to be open prior to that date.
In essence, this will be the third iteration of Blackbird. After the first iteration closed in Oct. 2013, it reopened with a slightly different ownership group surrounding founder and chef Carina Lampkin in Feb. 2014.
That iteration ended with the Flood of May 2015, and Blackbird 3.0 will reopen next month.
I stopped by Blackbird a week ago, and it looked like extensive work still needed to be done before reopening. Let's hope their reopening date doesn't slip again.
Blackbird Kitchen & Bar is located at 1015 9th St., and can be found online at http://www.blackbird-kitchen.com/.
A new restaurant to serve up classic American fare with a heaping dose of nostalgia - Milestone Restaurant, the second endeavor from the owners of Aji Japanese Bistro, is expected to open this fall in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Nick Dedier (whose “hard-core fine dining” background includes stints as GM of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc in Yountville and manager of San Francisco’s Gary Danko) and chef Russell Okubo (whose own impressive résumé includes serving as executive chef for Fat’s Family of Restaurants) opened Aji together in December 2013, and are teaming up again—this time, with another industry veteran Alexa Hazelton, with whom Dedier worked at Auberge Resorts—for Milestone, which plans a late October opening. Jessica Rine in Sactown Mag.
Sacramento Kings and JMA Ventures announce 3 new restaurants for Downtown Commons - Today, the Sacramento Kings and JMA Ventures announced three new restaurants that will open in the newly named Downtown Commons -- formerly known as Downtown Plaza -- adjacent to the new Golden 1 Center arena. The three restaurants are Pour Society, Sauced BBQ and Spirits and Punch Bowl Social. In Sactown Mag.
Fruity, hazy ‘Harvest wine’ arrives in Sacramento - A European tradition whereby the grape harvest is celebrated with a glass of partially fermented juice is coming to Sacramento. Starting on or about Sept. 21, the restaurant Seasons 52 at Arden Fair will offer by glass and carafe its version of “Harvest wine,” a richly aromatic, fruity, sweet and spritzy sauvignon blanc by Mauritson Wines of Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. Mike Dunne in the Sac Bee.
VIDEO: Ginger Elizabeth’s Chocolates - Cody and Melissa scarf on some delicious chocolates provided my Ginger Elizabeth’s in honor of national chocolate day! On Good Day Sac.
VIDEO: Learning How to Make Sizzler Cheese Toast - Today is National Cheese Toast Day; Paul is in the studio learning how to whip some up. On FOX 40.
AUDIO: Star Ginger Among Those to be Featured at the New Downtown Arena - Exciting news this week when The Sacramento Kings announced four local restaurants will be serving up Farm to Fork food inside the new Golden 1 Center arena. The new vendors will include the Paragary Restaurant Group, the Sellands Family group, Low Brau and Mai Pham, owner and founder of Star Ginger and Lemon Grass. Mai Pham came in for a Friday food segment. Kitty O'Neal on KFBK.
VIDEO: Learn to smoke a briquette wtih Dickey’s Barbeque - Mr. Dickey of Dickey’s Barbeque shows us how you can turn your BBQ into a smoker. On KCRA.
VIDEO: Veteran-Owned Businesses In Natomas Get Help Starting Up From Group - Inside the kitchen of The Waffle Experience, you’ll notice it’s not your grandma’s griddle grub. On CBS 13.