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Dining News: Now (Re)Open - Public House Theater

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After a six month journey, Public House Theater soft re-opened over the weekend after resolving a permitting issue with city authorities.

When we last heard about Public House Theater, the owners closed the theater portion of their business in March 2015, but their pub remained open.

At the time, Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker wrote that the theater shutdown was related to not having the proper licenses to show films (though in a subsequent Facebook reply, Public House Theater says it had "NOTHING to do with the mpaa").

On April 6, they announced that the pub was also forced to close, without explanation.

A Go Fund Me plea posted at the end of April seems to shed some light on the issue.

So we started this journey a year ago. We hired a design group to do the plans and get our permits. They lead us to believe that we had our permits and to continue building and open. We have since found out that what they had told us was far from the truth. We did not have any permits and should not have opened. We have been working on getting our drawings done by a great customer (friend). The community has been so good to us and has been behind us all the way. They had a party for us and raised almost $3000 for us. We are almost there but we have a little bit more to go. We need money to pay rent and taxes while we are closed. Thank you for your support and time.

This story is corroborated by city permitting records, which list details for a May 15, 2015 request for a Commercial Housing Department permit:

REMODEL WOP 15-005476 QUAD FEES Public House Theater Parking Lot with interior remodel of space becoming the theater. Use is allowed but the parking provided is currently under review as an Administrative Parking Review IR15-015 and the parking lot improvements are under Site Plan Review DR14-310. Signed Concurrent Review is attached.

When Pubic House Theater first hit our radar screens in Sept. 2014, it looked like it would be one of the first places locally to allow drinking at a movie theater and there was much enthusiasm for the project. Since then, the concept has become less unique with the openings of Studio Movie Grill in January 2015 and the addition of alcohol to Esquire IMAX's menu in April.

With that said, many locals seem to love the theater and rallied around it on Facebook when it looked like it was closed.

Public House Theater can be found at 5440 14th Ave., and can be found online at

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Comfort food rules: Chili verde with roasted potatoes, Mother - Mother's menu is seasonal but the chili verde with roasted potatoes ($12) seems to have earned a permanent spot. And rightfully so: This comfort food staple is deliciously filling with piquant verde sauce, hearty pinto beans, chewy hominy and gooey chunks of mozzarella cheese. Rachel Leibrock in Sac News & Review.

Dan Barber visits Sacramento - Barber talked about the importance that chefs can play in educating and changing the way we eat. He also explained how, when he made his changes to serving dishes with rotational crops and lesser known ingredients, he switched to a prix fixe menu. Prix fixe menus mean that you eat what the chef decides instead of choosing off a menu. So, in his case, you were eating offal and rotation risotto (risotto made with other grains such as barley and millet) whether you wanted to or not. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

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Dining News: Goldfield Trading Post Closed Temporarily Last Week Due to Rodent Infestation


Goldfield Trading Post was closed for three days due to a rodent infestation, reports Marin Austin on FOX 40.

Last Friday, officials with the county Environmental Management Department shut down the saloon-style restaurant after reportedly finding a dead rodent on the floor next to the ATM machine, seven rodent droppings on top of boxes of sugar and salt, 10 droppings beneath beer taps and two dead cockroaches beneath beer taps...

Goldfield's owner Bret Bair says Goldfield was only closed for three days.

"Rodents entered our [venue] after our landlord opened up the walls to do work on the second floor of the building. [We have since] fixed the problem by patching the walls so there are more no entry points for rodents," Bair said.

Watch the entire video below, or read the entire story on FOX 40.

According to the Sacramento County's Food Facility Inspection Web site, Goldfield was closed after it failed an inspection on Friday, Oct. 2. Among the findings were:

  • Observed dead rodent on floor of room located next to ATM machine
  • 7 rodent droppings on top of boxes of sugar and salt of dry storage shelf in back walk-in refrigerator area
  • 1 dropping on top of container of dry food container in middle prep room
  • 1 dropping on clean inverted hotel tray on shelf in middle prep room
  • 2 droppings on shelf with clean hotel trays in middle prep room
  • 15 droppings on floor of middle prep room, 2 droppings on top of kitchen dishwash machine
  • 2 droppings on top of chemical containers near kitchen dishwash machine
  • 20 droppings on floor of kitchen dishwash machine
  • 4 dropping on floor next to small
  • ice machine
  • 4 droppings on floor beneath uniform storage area
  • 4 droppings in breaker closet
  • 10 droppings on floor of near soda syrup rack area
  • 10 droppings in cabinet beneath beer dispensers.

The restaurant was reinspected the following day and failed again, per county reports.

  • More than 20 rodent droppings in and on condiment rack (salt and pepper shakers, sugar and sweetener containers) under metro shelves in back room.
  • More than 50 droppings on floor below rack 
  • Partially consumed (gnawed open) sugar packet in condiment tray.
  • More than 20 droppings on floor below dish machine drain board - back corner.
  • 1 live adult cockroach found in dry storage room after moving condiment rack out from under metro shelf.

The restaurant was again inspected on Monday, Oct. 5 and passed. "No evidence of an active vermin infestation was found," said the report.

Honestly, it's not unusual to have restaurants closed due to vermin infestation. Obviously, you'd prefer that they not happen, but it happens to both good restaurants more often than you think. I've eaten at Goldfield, and despite their temporary closure, I'll eat and drink there again.

Goldfield is located at 1630 J Street, and can be found online at

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Dining News: Empress Begins Her Reign


Empress Tavern, the meat lovers counterpart to the vegetarian Mother, is scheduled to open on Thursday for dinner.

Over the last several days, they've been holding preview dinners, including a big party on Saturday.

The best preview that I've seen over the last week is from Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings:

Inside the bar occupies the center with 360 degree access. I liked that many of the tables have leaves on them to make them either square or circle in shape. The benches are similar to Mother in that they also act as storage bins. On the far wall are the most impressive tables. There are several arched alcoves with longer tables for parties of 6-8. Someone joked that they should place bar doors on them so it would look like prison cells. At the farthest corner is the Chef's Table, long and beautiful.

The open kitchen is in full view with the star being the large rotisserie. When I arrived it had two racks of chickens and a rack of porchetta. Yum!

The food will be familiar carvery selections. I'm glad they will be going truly nose-to-tail based on some of the offerings at the event. Offal selections that night included chicken hearts with chimichurri and lamb sweetbreads. But most folks will probably stick with the steaks, porchetta, chickens, and burgers. We asked to see a menu, but there were none to be found at the event.

Read the entire post on Munchie Musings.

Empress Tavern is located at 1013 K Street and can be found online at You can also make reservations for meals starting Sept. 9.

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Dining News: Sloughhouse Inn Under New Ownership


It's official! We have taken ownership of the historic Sloughhouse Inn! We send heartfelt thanks to George and Leah Lee...

Posted by Betsy Hite on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sloughhouse Inn, which served "sub-par food" per a Feb. 2014 review in the Sac Bee, has turned a corner and has new ownership.

Betsy Hite, a chef who owns Elegant and Easy Gourmet Catering, announced her purchase of the business from George and Leah Lee in early April, with Tuesday, April 28 as its opening date. Before opening the catering business, Betsy worked as the Director of Public Affairs for the California Association of Health Facilities, per her Linked In profile.

In other Facebook posts, Betsy says the restaurant will serve "fresh food, locally sourced" with great service.

Recently, Betsy was in the news after being stiffed $18,000 by West Sac's TBD Fest.

If you want to get a flavor for her cooking, she was on KCRA in December to make Smoke Alarm Prime Rib.

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Dining News: Bottle & Barlow to Open in May

Bottle and barlowIn a larger story about the Warehouse Artists Lofts on R Street, the Sac Bee's Mary Lynne Vellinga gives an update on the new restaurant venture by Golden Bear and Hook and Ladder owner Kimio Bazett:

A public market on the ground floor will have a sushi shop, juice bar, vintage clothing stand, vinyl record store and shoemaker. Bottle & Barlow, a combination bar and barbershop, plans to open in May. The complex is filled with work from local artists.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

While we're on the topic of Bottle & Barlow, Details Magazine named the bar and Paragary's Midtown as two of the most anticipated bar openings of 2015.

When it opens, Bottle & Barlow will be found at 1120 R Street, and can be found online at

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Dining News: Now Open - Fair Oaks Brew Pub

Fair Oaks Brew Pub soft opened this week, it announced on its Facebook Page.

This week, they'll only serve beer and wine, but the menu on their Web site promises to offer "Neopolitan pizzas, artisan salads, dried, cured meats and cheeses."

In the video above, owners Rich and Jayne Schmitt describe the renovations needed to turn the old Wells Fargo building into a brew pub, including restoring the building's facade to it's original surface by removing the siding and exposing the original stone surface.

For now, it's only open from 3 to 10 p.m. during its soft opening.

Fair Oaks Brew Pub can be found at 7988 California Ave. in Fair Oaks or online at

Thanks to Cowtown Eats reader @MullingHagel for the tip.

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Dining News: Why Wicked 'Wich Cafe Isn't Selling Primanti-Style Sandwiches


Food truck Wicked 'Wich's initial claim to fame was it's Pittsburgh/Primanti Brothers-style sandwiches, which is basically a regular sandwich served with fries and cole slaw.

Unfortunately, when it opened its brick and mortar location at the West Sac Community Center last week, its trademark sandwiches were nowhere to be found, which led to a little grousing by fans, like these comments on Reddit.

Ww_redditCo-owner Matt Chong explained the change, via e-mail. "We don’t have the ability to install a deep fryer, so that’s what prompted the menu shift," wrote Chong. "Unfortunately, we won’t be selling the old-school Primanti-style sandwiches - but there are some seriously delicious options in their place."

Mystery solved. It's just a limitation of the space they were given. Chong did fill in come other details about the new cafe, again via e-mail:

  • Open Mon-Fri, 7a-5p.
  • We’re serving coffee/espresso, breakfast items (house steel cut oats, breakfast panini, pastries), sandwiches (panini style, regular. Some have Latin American influences), salads, snacks and natural sugar bottled sodas.
  • We hope to be a catalyst for people to come out and not only eat with us, but check out the great facilities that are nearby:
    • West Sac Library
    • Black Box Theater- a very cool 300 person theater inside the Comm Center
    • Event Space / Dance Rehearsal room (perfect for gatherings, meetings, dance practices)
  • The experience has been great so far. There has been a HUGE amount of West Sac folks stopping by to support us, including so many who work for the city. The people inside the building are amazing to work with as well.

If you're in West Sac and you're looking for a meal, I'd encourage you to give the new Wicked 'Wich cafe, located at 1075 West Capitol Avenue, a try.

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