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Dining News: Food Truck by Former Doughbot Operator Debuts on Wednesday


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Posted by Craftsmen on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Craftsmen Food, a new food truck by the owners of Doughbot, will debut on Wednesday evening at New Helvetia Brewery on Broadway.

Doughbot, a much beloved artisan donut shop formerly on 10th St. which closed in June 2014, was co-owned by a husband and wife team Bryan Widener and Dannah O'Donnell. Based on Instagram, Widener left Sacramento to work at a Boston restaurant. According to Twitter, he returned to Sacramento over the summer.

A voice mail left for Widener on Tuesday evening was not immediately returned. Prior to Doughbot, Widener worked as a cook at Magpie.

On the food truck's Facebook page, the cuisine appears to be farm to fork entrees and not a sweets. Details on a menu, price point, etc are scant at this point.

As a fan of Team Doughbot, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. If they serve it, I'll give it a try.

You can find Craftsmen Food Truck at New Helvetia Brewing Co. on Wednesday evening at 1730 Broadway, or online at

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Dining News: RIP Tamaya Sushi, to Close on Dec. 4


Tamaya Sushi at 22nd & J is closing after 10 years, reports Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Mary Mesa, lease manager with building owner Eleventh & L Properties, said one of the original Tamaya partners had sold his interest in the business but stayed on as the primary lessee.

When the lease expired, that person – David Leung – said he wished to sign a new lease for a new restaurant he planned to open at the Tamaya site, at 2131 J St., Mesa said.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee. (Second item.)

Shallit reports that it will likely be replaced by another Japanese-influenced restaurant. As for Tamaya, the owner will likely look for a new spot.

Tamaya Sushi is located at 2131 J Street and can be found online at

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Dining News: Blackbird to Reopen by Oct. 23


Blackbird Kitchen & Bar, which closed in late May, plans to reopen by Oct. 23, it said on social media this week.

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

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Now Open - Eatuscany Caffe at 1801 L Street


Eatuscany Caffe soft opened this past Thursday, reports Sactown Mag.

In addition to 12 gelato flavors using ingredients like pistachio, chocolate, lemon and watermelon, Eatuscany will offer panini, antipasti, salads and pasta dishes like pesto lasagna, and a dessert case full of traditional cake and pastry offerings like tiramisu, cannoli and sfogliatelle.

Read the entire post in Sactown Mag.

Eatuscany, which was originally scheduled to be opened in April, will be open daily at 11 a.m., and close Sunday to Thursday at 8 p.m., and stay open later until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

You can check out their full menu here.

Eatuscany Cafe is located at 1801 L Street, and can be found online at

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Dining News: Psst - Maiden Ice Cream Popup by Mother on Friday Night

Mother & Empress chef Matt Masera will host the first (that I know of) Maiden Sacramento popup on Friday evening as part of The Mill's first anniversary party from 7 to 9 p.m.

The video Masera posted on Instagram seems to tease that the menu will be something along the lines of affogato (espresso poured over ice cream), but he didn't elaborate on the menu or prices.

But that's kind of the fun of a popup. Embrace a sense of adventure. Show up, be delighted and enjoy.

Masera has been teasing the idea of a Maiden pop up for more than a year. Back in July 2014, he Instagramed a teaser image of the concept.


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The Mill, the host the event, is located at 1827 I St. and can be found online at

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