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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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Checking in with Chando - I asked him if he was ready to open location #4, possibly in Folsom and he said he's taking a break. His next project is actually to create a central facility where all of the catering and supply will function out of. At this location he can accept all deliveries, prep for catering events, and even make his own tortillas and more items from scratch. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative - In August, the local coffee co-op will open a coffee bar in East Sacramento, at the former location of The Cultured and the Cured cheese shop. Similar to its Davis location, the new shop will serve pour-overs and espresso drinks, plus baked goods from Sugar Plum Vegan bakery. In Sactown Mag. (Fourth Item.)

Try it: Fat’s Asia Bistro's Pot Stickers - Sacramentans know that when a restaurant has “Fat’s” in the name, you can expect nothing but the best gourmet Chinese—and the pot stickers at Fat’s Asia Bistro, located in Folsom and Roseville, are no exception. Barbara Harvey in Sac Mag.

Three cheers for new website - There’s a terrific new local beer-focused website called Hops About Beer. It’s the work of beer enthusiast Zach Clevenger, who happens to have a secret weapon. I noticed as much when I read a recent post that contained a recipe for a treat called Track Seven Nukin’ Futz Chocolate Cupcakes. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee. (Third item.)

Feline buzzed: Suiyoubi No Neko, Yo-Ho Brewing Company - Described by the Japanese brewery as a beverage “made for Hump Day” and “fluffy and refreshing,” it's a lovely brew with a light, creamy texture and hints of orange. Rachel Leibrock in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Public House Theater is Just a Public House For Near Future


Sorry to inform everyone, but as of today our theater will be closed til further notice.However, the pub will still be open.Thank you

Posted by Public House Theater on Friday, March 27, 2015

Public House Theater was forced to close the theater portion of its operations just before they celebrated their first anniversary, they announced on Facebook on Friday.

Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker has more:

Someone anonymously tipped the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation that Public House was operating illegally, according to co-owner Norma Ward.

Ward said she had been trying to get the appropriate licenses for the past year, but “it’s been a process.”

Read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

However, fans of eating and drinking while dining still have other options while Public House Theater gets the proper permits. They can head out to Rocklin's Studio Movie Grill, which I found to be the most comfortable movie watching experience I've ever had, or wait a while for K Street's Crest Theater to serve food, which is planned after Empress opens.

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Insight Coffee, Magpie Café and others readying to open in new 16 Powerhouse building - As the construction of midtown’s 16 Powerhouse residential and retail complex nears completion after two years, the next several weeks will usher in a slew of business openings along the 16th Street corridor. Insight Coffee Roasters, Magpie Café, Sun & Soil Juice Company and Orchid Thai are building out their respective ground-floor spaces in the new building, which overlooks Fremont Park at the intersection of 16th and P streets. The projected April and May openings follow delayed debuts previously scheduled for December and January. Jessica Rine in Sactown Mag.

Craft beer comes to Fair Oaks - Options for craft beer fans in the Sacramento region continue to increase. One of the newest additions, Fair Oaks Brew Pub, officially opened Wednesday. Located at 7988 California Ave. in Old Fair Oaks Village, the brewery serves craft beer, wine and food. Its menu focuses on pizzas, salads and cured meats and cheeses. A full menu will be available. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

The Trade and its Blue Bottle coffee opens in Midtown - Famed Bay Area coffeehouse Blue Bottle can now be consumed in Midtown. Kind of. The Trade Coffee & Coworking, a coworking office space slash cafe, opened yesterday at 2220 K Street. And the cafe portion proudly carries Blue Bottle Coffee beans, with Blue Bottle-trained baristas. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Egg-ceptional Easter brunches in and around Sacramento - Planning to gather the family and friends for Easter brunch? From croque Suzannes to French toast pies, we've got nine egg-cellent ways to celebrate the holiday on April 5. Featuring Fabian's Italian Bistro, The Firehouse, Formoli's Bistro, Grand Island Mansion, Grange, Hawks, Hyatt Sacramento, Original Pancake House and Ten 22. Jason Pham and Jessica Rine in Sactown Mag.

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Dining News: Now Open - Pre-Flite Lounge


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Pre-Flite Lounge, forced to move to make way for the new Kings arena, has opened at its new location on 10th St., across from Grange.

A call Wednesday evening was unanswered, but on it appears the dive bar has been open for at least a couple days.

The first Yelp review for the new location was posted yesterday. Owner Jason Yee also posted a picture on Yelp yesterday of a fully-stocked bar, and restaurant Mother posted a picture on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon showing a full bar.

Given its much better & convenient location, I can see the new spot becoming very successful.

Yee originally hoped to have the restaurant by December.

Previously: CBS 13 gets a tour of the space before it was built out.

Pre Flite Lounge will be located at 1011 10th St., and can be found online at http://www.preflitelounge.com/.

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Hawks Restaurant getting closer to opening in long-vacant Alhambra Boulevard location - Interior construction should take about three months, Hawks said, putting the restaurant's likely opening date in early May. The existing site on the northeast corner of Stockton and Alhambra has two shell buildings separated by a small courtyard, so lots of interior work is still to come, she said. The buildings have been vacant since they were built in 2010. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

Skill, passion and polish found at The Press - These days, I cannot think of another restaurant in this category and price point that’s doing it any better. From the sourcing of ingredients to the exquisite, always-dialed-in seasoning of the food, The Press has the quality-to-value ratio worked out just right. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

More beer businesses planned in midtown - If you're thirsty for more beer in midtown Sacramento, you're in luck. The owners of Sac Brew Bike are adding a taproom to their business, and other entrepreneurs plan to open a taproom and beer store in the area. Sac Brew Bike, which entered the area last year, conducts local craft beer tours with two 15-passenger bikes. Currently, people show up for the tours on the street. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

French restaurant gets new space in El Dorado Hills - An upscale eatery in El Dorado Hills is downsizing, but the restaurant's manager says the smaller space is a step in the right direction. Cafe C opened in a space below Chili's near the movie theater in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. It's a new incarnation of Cafe Campanile, which was located across from Bistro 33 in the town center since 2004. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Blackbird expects its popularity to rise when arena is built - He envisions transforming the roof of Blackbird's building into a beer garden and imagines that Kings fans — even those who don't flock to the new arena — will arrive at the restaurant in droves "just to watch the game and be here if the players or owners drop in after the game." Neither Gregorakis nor Carina Lampkin, who each own 30 percent of the business, owns the building itself, which also houses the basement studio of Matt Brown, Blackbird's director (and selector) of art. Ed Goldman in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Opening Dates for Empress, New Magpie, Iron Horse Tavern

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If you read the 32 Sacramento Restaurants Opening in 2014 post earlier this year, you'd already know about these restaurants, but the Sac Bee duo of Chris Macias and Allen Pierleoni have updated some of the expected opening dates:

  • Empress Tavern, at the Crest Theather by the people who brought us Mother: First Half of February
  • Chando's Tacos Roseville: Near the end of January
  • Amaro Italian Bistro, a collaboration between the Shady Lady Team and Abe Cunningham of local alt metal band Deftones at 11th & R: Late March/Early April
  • Iron Horse Tavern, by the Wong family that has brought Sacramento Mason’s (now defunct), Cafeteria 15L, Ma Jong’s Asian Diner and Mix Downtown, at 15th & R: Maybe May
  • Magpie's new & larger location at 16th & P, replacing current location: April
  • Hawks Provisions & Public House, the new East Sac location for the much loved Granite Bay restaurant at 1525 Alhambra Blvd.: April

Needless to say, every one of these restaurants has slipped from its original announced opening date, usually due to permitting or construction issues. Whenever they finally open, I look forward to giving them a try.

See the entire story in the Sac Bee.

See also the 32 Sacramento Restaurants Opening in 2014

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Sacramento lands on list of world's best coffee destinations - Sacramento's coffee scene has already attracted national attention. Now, a travel writer has put the city among the top international coffee destinations. A list on MatadorNetwork.com, an online travel magazine, includes Sacramento as one of 11 of the world's best cities for coffee lovers. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

New brewery tour hits hot spots of Sacramento's beer boom - Those wanting to become savvy in the art of craft beer can start with a tour that stops at some of the Sacramento region’s most celebrated breweries. Grady O’Bryant, proprietor of the locally based company SacTrips, has his first hop-on, hop-off bus tour of breweries set for Jan. 31. O’Bryant will take groups on a trip to five different local breweries: Track 7, Bike Dog, Yolo Brewing Company, New Helvetia and Oak Park Brewing Company. Along the way, guests will learn about the beermaking process, try a curated selection of each brewery’s most popular brews, and socialize with other beer buffs. Alex Hernandez in Sactown Mag.

Woman shot at popular El Dorado Hills pub - A woman was shot and killed near closing time last Wednesday morning at the 36 Handles pub in El Dorado Hills, one suspect is in custody. Brian Hickey on KCRA.

Grab a slice at Wally’s: Owners of FLB open pizzeria and sports bar in Cameron Park - The owners of FLB Entertainment Center and FLB Sports Bar and Casino have opened more doors in Cameron Park. Wally’s Pizza Bar will be open for January and is the next generation of sports entertainment for the Dreher family to offer the community. Laura Newell in the El Dorado Hills Telegraph.

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Dining News: Bacon & Butter Still Several Weeks From Opening New Location

Bacon & Butter, which closed its Midtown location in mid-May, had originally targeted Father's Day as the date they would open at their new Tahoe Park location.

Late last week, they provided an update on their timing, on Facebook.

Although we had hoped to be open by this weekend, based on the current construction and city estimates, we're still probably a few weeks away. That's the challenge of estimating dates when construction is happening  When we have a firm date, we'll definitely post it here and in our newsletter.

When the open, Bacon & Butter's new Tahoe Park location will be at 5913 Broadway.

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Tower Cafe sued over meal, rest breaks - Former kitchen staff at Tower Cafe have filed a class action against their employer for alleged failure to give them duty-free meal and rest breaks. Workers also allege in a lawsuit filed in Sacramento County Superior Court in May that records do not reflect actual hours worked. They are seeking more than $2 million in wages, penalties and attorney’s fees. Kathy Robertson in Sac Biz Journal.

Couple behind Hawks in Granite Bay plan casual Sacramento gastropub - This fall, the team behind Hawks will open a second restaurant, this time with a more casual theme, in Sacramento. Hawks Provisions and Public House will be a stand-alone restaurant at the corner of Stockton and Alhambra. Currently in the permitting stages of development, it consists of two buildings connected by an arbor. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Jamaica & Phillipines: Island Food - I realized that this week was island food week since I had eaten at a Jamaican restaurant one night and a Filipino one the next. I don't feel I can rightly post full blog reviews of either one since I've only eaten at each once. This is a double quickie review of both. Suffice it to say, I'm looking forward to going back to each one. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

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Dining News: Auburn's Carpe Vino a 'Truly Marvelous Restaurant'


Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson has found another restaurant to put into the highest tier of restaurants in the Sacramento region - Carpe Vino in Auburn.

But here’s a chef, so talented and committed to his craft, whose name really should be on the tip of every serious epicurean’s tongue. And the restaurant itself – a breeze to enjoy as a drop-by spot for a glass of wine and a snack or for an involved multicourse dinner – deserves to be considered right up there among the handful of the best in the region...

When it comes to farm-to-fork dining, Alexander and Carpe Vino are leaders.

Alexander’s way of expressing ingredients both familiar and esoteric, his preference for complementary and contrasting textures, his sense of color and balance on the plate, his notion to both reassure and challenge the palate, and, more than anything, his ability to build layer upon layer of flavor using time-honored techniques, are apparent throughout his repertoire.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

Owner Gary Moffatt wrote a short blog post about the review.

Robertson, who has a reputation among restaurant owners for throwing stars around like they were manhole covers, was critical of the noise issue in the main dining room during the height of service...yet the weight of all of the other quality factors compelled him to award the maximum rating.

The review (click here) quite reasonably focused on the food, but our entire crew, front and back of house, get an equal share of the responsibility for all that we do.  There is no question in my mind, that pound-for-pound, Carpe Vino’s staff is champion caliber and competitive with the big boys in Midtown. . .and beyond.

Read the entire post on Carpe Vino's Blog.

I wrote about my visit to Carpe Vino last month, raving about the prix fixe meal I had during the Winter Olympics. I completely agree with Robertson about the mastery of the chef's cooking and the value the restaurant brings with its wines at retail prices. I only wish it were a little closer.

Carpe Vino is located at 1568 Lincoln Way, Auburn and can be found online at https://www.carpevinoauburn.com/

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First Bite: Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery -  I was happy to see that Lampkin’s trademark “Captain’s Chowder” has remained on the new menu—creamy and satisfying, and chock-full of Pollock, squid, mussels and clams, this dish alone is worth a visit. Another appealing menu item was the salmon toro, prettily arranged on a plate with an array of lively pickled vegetables and flower petals. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Palate Reviver: Hawks Restaurant’s Ginger Julep - Long work day? Busy, overscheduled weekend with the kids? If you’re in serious need of a pick-me-up, tuck into one of Hawks’ sprightly Ginger Juleps. Composed with Woodford Reserve bourbon, ginger syrup and fresh ginger, the mint-garnished cocktail offers up a bright, zingy, refreshing flavor that revives the tiredest of palates (and spirits). Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Dining News: Block Butcher Bar Preview


Last week, a friend was given a tour of Block Butcher Bar. This is the quick dispatch he sent over.

I got a tour of Touhy's new place next to Low Brau tonight and it looks awesome. Much smaller than Low Brau with booths and a much smaller bar with no beer taps. It'll connect to the other side since they share bathrooms. In between, they will be hanging charcuterie in enclosed cases, like the Chops fridge.

I was upset that they painted over the David Hasselhoff painting, but they assured me that a new version will return.

Becky Gruenwald of Sac Foodways also got a preview last week.

The menu got me little moist (I know I am being SO GROSS) because it’s pretty  much my dream menu. It was like Tuohy had said, “Becky, what type of place would you like to see in Sacramento?” My answer could have been “a good Jewish Deli with actual bagels instead of the bagel-like monstrosities we have here”, but right up there would be a charcuterie bar with local and European wines, cheese and charcuterie, delicious-sounding, creative salads, and where the chef is committed to pickle-y items as well. Boom! Wish granted.

Read the entire story in Sac Foodways.

Block Butcher Bar is located at 1050 20th Street. Its exact opening date is still TBA.

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Paragary’s restaurant will close Feb. 17 for $600,000 makeover - Randy Paragary is undertaking an extensive $600,000 remodel of his namesake restaurant at 28th and N streets in Sacramento. Paragary’s Bar and Oven will close Feb. 17 and won’t reopen until August, at the earliest...The renovation will touch every floor, every ceiling, every wall and all the furniture, Paragary said. He and his partners – his wife, Stacy Paragary, and executive chef Kurt Spataro – plan to replace one wall with floor-to-ceiling windows, so diners can see into the restaurant courtyard. The menu will continue to stress fresh, local and seasonal dishes, but it will take on a French emphasis rather than Mediterranean. Employees will work in other Paragary Restaurant Group restaurants until the landmark eatery reopens. Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.

Chef and GM at highly anticipated SF restaurant have strong local ties - Duncan Holmes, whose mother, Karen Holmes, owns the beloved Karen’s Bakery in Folsom, has made a name for himself as the chef at Sons & Daughters, a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco. Now Holmes is teaming with Matt Walker, the former GM at Hawks in Granite Bay, to open a new restaurant in North Beach called Square. The two restaurants are owned by Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara, and Holmes, at age 27, will preside over both as executive chef. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

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