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Dining News: Man Shot Outside Chando's Tacos on Wednesday Evening


A man was shot outside Chando's Tacos on Arden Way on Wednesday evening, per the Sac PD Daily Activity Log.

Here's the entry in full:

800 block of Arden Way at 1717 hours.

The victim was in the area when an argument ensued with two unknown suspects. One suspect armed with a handgun shot the victim and fled. Sacramento Fire personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for a serious, but non-life threatening injury. Officers checked the area for the suspects. The investigation remains very active and no arrests have been made at this time.

Chando, the owner of the beloved Mexican restaurant, provided additional details on Facebook Friday morning:


While we're on the topic of the restaurant, Chandos Tacos also announced a price increase due, in part, to the the minimum wage hike that took effect on Jan. 1.

Chando's Tacos is located at 863 Arden Way, with two additional locations in the greater Sacramento region, and can be found online at

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Dining News: Uber Hosts 'Taco Tuesday on Demand,' Delivers Chando's Tacos on Tuesday


To celebrate one million rides in Sacramento, Uber is will deliver Chando's Tacos from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Specifically, you'll get three carne asada tacos and a side of chips for $5, a 20% savings from the menu price. Plus they deliver it to you instead of you having to drive to their restaurant.

While Uber only provides rides in Sacramento, it has dabbled in food delivery in other cities such as Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago and San Francisco. In those cities, Uber partners with a handful of restaurants to deliver food from, with the restaurants changing daily. Click here to learn more.

Earlier this month, Postmates launched their delivery service in Sacramento. Unlike Uber, Postmates will deliver from any restaurant as long as they do to go orders. However, Postmates faces a backlash from some restaurants. Here's a really interesting Eater story on the dynamic between Postmates and some restaurant owners.

Sacramentans who want to order the $5 Chandos combo can do so via the Uber app, which you can download at

Photo via Chando's Tacos Facebook Page.

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Hot Italian Coming to Davis - I have confirmed that the pizza and panini bar Hot Italian has plans to come to Davis Commons, filling the former Ben & Jerry’s spot last occupied by The Melt. The details are still being finalized, owner Andrea Lepore said Thursday. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise. (Third Item.)

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Chando's Prep Cook Needs Your Help


One of our most tenured employees has lost her son, Jesus, in an automobile accident. We are asking for donations to...

Posted by Chando's Tacos on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lupe, a prep cook at Chando's, tragically lost her son in an auto accident.

The family now needs financial assistance with the funeral, and Chando's has been collecting donations at their stores.

Chando's (due to popular demand from me and others on social media) also set up a Go Fund Me page so those who don't plan on visiting a Chando's in the next couple days can still help.

As of Sunday evening, the site had collected $750 out of the $3,000 requested.

If you've saved money on free sandwiches from Postmates or at happy hour and have a couple bucks to spare, I strongly encourage you to donate. I did, and I hope you do to.

Click here for the Go Fund Me page.

Dining News: Hawks Provisions & Public House to Open in August


Hawks Provisions & Public House, the East Sac outpost of the well-reviewed Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, is set to open in August, it announced via e-mail.

We're getting close! Our new restaurant, Hawks Provisions & Public House will be set to open some time in August. Our kitchen installation begins mid July, and our bar top will arrive shortly thereafter. We'll keep you posted as we can't wait to introduce our new location on the corner of Stockton and Alhambra Blvds.

This project has been in the works since at least Feb. 2013. If you're wondering what the fuss is all about, the Sac Bee declared it “the best restaurant” in the region in Feb. 2012. Last year, they told me they were aiming for an August 2014 opening date. Earlier this year, the date had slipped to  March.

With real construction going on, we're closer than ever.

Relatedly, the flagship location in Granite Bay will celebrate its 8th Anniversary on August 21. To celebrate, they're offering a special tasting menu, the details of which they'll announce soon.

They also have a new general manager, David Ostrom, who comes to Hawks from restaurant experience in Sacramento, San Francisco and Napa Valley.

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Dining News: Bike Bus Bill Clears First Committee


A bill that would allow drinking on "bike buses" has been amended, gained some support and passed through its first legislative committee.

SB 530, authored by Sacramento state senator Dr. Richard Pan, was originally supported by Off the Chain bike tours, but curiously opposed (according to the legislative analysis) by Sac Brew Bike.

I caught up with Sac Brew Bike last week, and they said their opposition was due to a technical issue with the bill. Originally, the bill only legalized drinking on "bike buses" made by one manufacuter - the kind used by Off the Chain that has a floor and an engine -- but not the type used by Sac Brew Bike.

Sen. Pan amended the bill to include both both types of bikes, and Sac Brew Bike is no longer opposed.

Last Week, the bill was heard in Senate Transporation and Housing committee, where it passed 10 to 1. The bill is now headed to Senate Appropriations committee. You can watch the 11 minute video of the bill going though committee. (HT

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Dining News: Namaste Deli Replaces Tootsies


Tootsies, a popular spot for Capitol staffers to indulge in frozen yogurt and snacks at 11th & L, has been replaced by Namaste Deli.

The Capitol Morning Report has the details:

New owners Babita Chanda Becha and her husband Ken bought the business in November and decided to give it a fresh start...They changed the name to make it clear that it's a deli serving sandwiches, salads and other items...

They will continue to serve a variety of sandwiches and frozen yogurt that Tootsies was know for. The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Read the entire story in the Capitol Morning Report.

They also report that the owners intend to "introduce hot dishes including chicken curry over rice and chicken tamales to the menu."

Namaste Deli is located at 1121 L Street, across the street from the State Capitol.

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Dining News: Now Open - Chando's Tacos in Roseville

After a false start, Chando's Tacos new Roseville location has opened.

The restaurant had announced that it's third brick and mortar location would open on Feb. 3, only to be delayed by two weeks.

The new restaurant is also looking for additional staff, in case you or somebody you know is looking for a job as a cashier or line cook.

One odd thing of note - Chando's keeps referring to the restaurant as Chando's Pleasant Grove, not Chando's Roseville. It makes me wonder whether he's looking at additional Roseville locations.

Chandos Tacos is located at 943 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville, and can be found online at

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