Downtown & Vine

Dining News: Burgers & Brew Owner Plans New Downtown Pizza Restaurant

The owner of Burgers & Brew will expand their growing empire by opening a restaurant focused on pizza and pasta at 11th & R streets, reports Stanford Nax in the Sac Biz Journal.

The restaurant, which does not yet have a name, would be only a few blocks from Zawaydeh’s Burgers & Brew restaurant near R and 14th streets.

“There is a definite need for something like this in Sacramento,” said Zawaydeh, who also operates Burger & Brew restaurants in Davis, Chico and Sacramento International Airport. He also runs Crepeville restaurants at 18th and L streets in Sacramento and in Davis, and just opened a Mexican restaurant, El Toro Bravo, in Davis.

Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.

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Check it Out: Roseville's Susumu Japanese Steak House - If you’re looking for an entertaining dining experience for the family this season, check out Roseville’s Susumu. A Benihana-style Japanese steak house, if offers similar food theatrics, including steaming onion “volcanos,” impressive bursts of fire and – if you’re lucky – a chef who flings eggs into his hat. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Where City and Wine Country Intersect - Downtown & Vine, the spacious multiwinery tasting room that opened in early December, is one of the latest eat-and-drink destinations to call downtown’s slowly evolving K Street home. The tasting room at 1200 K St. (formerly Blade Barber and Spa) is set up to pour three core wines from a dozen wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Amador and El Dorado counties—including Iron Horse Vineyards, Round Pond Estate, Neyers Vineyards, Vino Noceto Winery and Fiddletown Cellars. Sixty-four additional single-vineyard and specialty wines are available for purchase by the bottle. Catherine Warmerdam in Sac Mag.

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Dining News: Now Open - Downtown & Vine Wine Bar at 11th & K

Downtown & Vine, a new multi-winery tasting room located on K St. across from the IMAX Theater, opened on Friday, reports Karen Wilkinson in Sac Press.

The upscale urban wine tasting room – located at 1200 K Street – opened its doors Friday afternoon after months of preparation. Its owners, Gregg Lamer and Kate Chomco, are both wine educators with hospitality backgrounds and are hoping to bolster the Sacramento area wine scene.

Chomco lives in Napa while Lamer resides in Amador, so Sacramento was a natural half-way point to open a business.

"We love the wine industry," Chomco said. "And this is the center of the wine region in California."

The feature a winery that I had and loved at One Speed on Friday evening -- Vino Noceto -- along with 10 others.

Read the entire story in Sac Press.

Photo via Sac Bee restaurant critic, @BlaRob's artfully-done tweet. Credit to him for being the first person in my Twitter feed to note the bar's opening.

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Hook & Ladder: Industrial Sacramento Meets the Foodie Scene - I was impressed with the thought and detail that went into every inch of the restaurant and hoped the food would live up to my expectations. The brunch menu can be found here. My friends and I were disappointed that they don’t serve bottomless mimosas, but they do have more fruity drink varieties than many brunch spots. In addition to the standard mimosa, there was a breakfast punch on the menu and a range of other cocktails. Most of us went with the bloody Mary, which was peppery and spicy, just how like it. I ordered the crab hash, which was also spicy – more so than I expected. I wish our waiter would have warned me about the heat. We shared plates amongst ourselves, so I had a chance to try the pork quesadilla (surprisingly not spicy like the hash) and the croquet monsier (very yummy). They also serve a breakfast pizza, which I want to try next time. The service was a little slow, but for a new restaurant, all in all, we really enjoyed the experience and will definitely come back. Lisa Page on Girls on the Grid.

New use for old fast food site? West Sac ponders ‘incubator’ for restaurants - West Sacramento leaders are working on a project that would turn an old fast food restaurant somewhere in town into an “incubator” for restaurant startups. “Our idea was to convert an old fast-food joint into a demonstration of how healthy, locally grown food could be produced and sold,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “We can provide opportunities for aspiring restaurateurs who want to produce healthy food, but do it without quitting their jobs and taking out a huge loan. Here’s the hardest part – if you want to start a restaurant – and we certainly need more restaurants in West Sacramento – unless you’re a chain, it’s very difficult.” Steve Marschke in the West Sac News-Ledger.

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Daily Dining News: Starbucks, Jamba Juice on Broadway Burglarized

On the heels of the midtown shooting over the weekend, crime has struck the area again, reports KCRA.

Break-in alarms started sounding just before 2 a.m., according to Sacramento police officers.

At a shop called The Catholic Store on Broadway and 19th streets, owner Richard Perez found a large rock in the center of his store.

The glass door was shattered.

Perez said he only left some change in the cash register's open drawer and it was taken.

A Starbucks and Jamba Juice both had their glass doors shattered at the corner of 15th and Broadway.

Watch the video from FOX 40 above, or read the entire story on KCRA.

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Urban wine tasting room coming to Sacramento's K Street - Downtown & Vine – an urban wine tasting room – is seeking to bring the best of California wine country to K Street downtown, with a scheduled opening date of mid-October. Co-owner Gregg Lamer said Friday that he and co-owner Kate Chomko think Sacramento needs a varied selection of wines from Sonoma, Napa, the foothills and other wine regions across the state, and the 1200 K St. location is the perfect fit. Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Tips on perfect icy treats - While Hawks was on the phone, I asked whether she still had plans to expand. She said she hopes to open her casual dining place at the intersection of Stockton and Alhambra boulevards in Sacramento within a year. Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.

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