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Dining News: Now Closed - Oshima Sushi/Coyote Tap House/Big Bowl Noodles


Oshima Sushi (which has also been known as Coyote Tap House and Big Bowl Noodle) at 14th & H is closed.

Their phone line was disconnected on Thursday when I called, and their Web site lists only their Natomas location but shows no sign of their downtown location. Their last Facebook post was in January.

The last Yelp review was dated on March 29, with "Jessica P." writing:

Horrific!  No receipt even offered with bar tab! Even when requested.   My glass of wine was served 1/3 full for $7.  And a plastic cup of coors light was also $7! Really? Also the food was quoted to be "well over an hour wait".   Rude incompetent service.

I've also had less than stellar experiences in the Downtown location, but I have found the food and service at their Natomas location to be much better (though it's been a few years since I've visited either location).

In December 2013, Coyote Tap House was in the news, asking for the city to change the terms on their lease. At the time, the restaurant's rent was approximately $10,500 per month.

The restaurant replaced Brew It Up in Nov. 2012. The owner of Brew It Up has since moved on to Yolo Brewing Company.

Oshima Sushi was located at 801 14th St.

H/T to Maya Wallace on FB.

* Photo from late 2012.

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Warehouse Artist Lofts to launch a public market in May - In early May, a group of shops, eateries and juiceries will open at the ground-floor public market inside the Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL), the new mixed-use complex along R Street between 11th and 12th in Sacramento. The retailers sharing the 9,000-square-foot space will be Metro Juice Kitchen and Drinkery, casual sushi counter Fish Face, vintage and handmade goods boutique Old Gold, MediumRare Records & Collectibles, Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage, Moroccan rug trove Kechmara Designs and men’s footwear store Benjamins Shoes. Nicole Yi in Sactown Mag.

Old Soul at the Weatherstone bans smoking - Unlike other major coffee players in town, Old Soul Co. has been putting more and more effort into its food program. With that in mind, Old Soul at the Weatherstone (812 21st Street) announced today that it will ban smoking at that particular cafe starting May 1. The Weatherstone boasts a lovely, idyllic patio, where hip patrons often chain smoke with their black coffee and Russian literature. Apparently, other patrons have been complaining about it for years. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Kathmandu Kitchen: The accidental curry tourist - Kathmandu’s laal maas is a rather unique curry that would almost seem like a riff on Italian food if not for the spices. Chunks of lamb are braised in a shocking red chili sauce. Shouts of numerous spices such as black cardamom, coriander and cumin all beckoned for attention, yet it was the sweet and spicy kashmiri chili’s bold flavor that rose above the din...Kathmandu Kitchen is an excellent stop to make if you happen to be in Davis. The food is solid and you’ll find yourself smiling by the end of the meal. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Old Soul to Add R Street Location

If you didn't know it already, R street is where the cool kids are, and Old Soul is joining the fun, reports Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Tim Jordan, co-owner of Old Soul, said he has an “agreement in principle” to take the retail space in the 25,000-square-foot brick building acquired last year by developer Michael Heller and his partner, Ridge Capital. Jordan said he intends to have the coffee shop and eatery open by the end of the year.

The 40-seat restaurant is tentatively being called Pullman, a reference to the rail tracks that still run up and down R Street but now are purely ornamental. The fare: “the sort of upscale food served in a (railroad) dining car 80 or 90 years ago but with an updated twist,” Jordan said.

The R Street "Pullman" location joins Old Soul's four current Alley, Weatherstone, Oak Park and Airport locations.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

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Glimpse inside Old Soul's expansion plans - Coffee remains at the forefront of Sacramento's rapidly expanding Old Soul Co., but the business is also emphasizing food and maybe even craft cocktails. Old Soul, which opened its first location approximately nine years ago, has two projects in the works that follow a new business model: Combining a coffeehouse with a separate culinary concept. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

El Pollo Loco planning to fill former KFC space in Folsom - It appears a former KFC location in Folsom is getting a new life, with a continued focus on chicken. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Peruvian food truck El Ajicito open for business - In March, we introduced you to Norka Lema, the chef and owner of a much anticipated mobile food vendor El Ajicito, which specializes in Peruvian food and all its multicultural influences...On April 9, it will be serving from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 11150 International Drive in Rancho Cordova (otherwise known as the California Department of Child Support Services building). The truck’s menu will rotate with three sandwiches weekly, plus an assortment of side dishes. The truck itself is named after the signature pepper of Peru, and will be included in most food items. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Grace Coffee Roasters Coming to Esquire Building


Grace Coffee Roasters is replacing Tantric Urban Bistro at 1215 K St. starting Monday.

Previously: Tantric Urban Bistro closed in late October.

Not only does Grace Coffee Roasters serve high quality, but owner Gary Davis donates 10 percent of his profits to Courage House, a local home for girls rescued from sex-trafficking. Davis also serves as the mayor of Elk Grove.

Here's more about Davis, from a Sac Bee profile in July 2014:

“We didn’t just want to start a for-profit coffeehouse,” Davis said. “One of the highest rates of sex trafficking in the country is in Sacramento. We wanted to know what we could do to make a difference. We approached (Courage) and they were all over it.”

“His passion is to open a coffeehouse and to make a difference. He wanted to bring more awareness to Courage Worldwide,” said Stephanie Midthun, a Courage Worldwide community resource director. “Every chance he’s got, he talks about coffee and how to help the girls here. He’s done a lot to talk about the trafficking of children in the U.S. That’s his passion.”

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

This is the third location for Grace Coffee Roasters, with the other two in Elk Grove.

The coffee house plans to open at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends, closing at 5 p.m. everyday.

Find them on Facebbok at https://www.facebook.com/GraceCoffeeEsquire.

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Old Soul Not Expanding at Little Prague in Davis - I received confirmation Thursday that “the landlord and Old Soul have decided to consider and pursue other opportunities” regarding the former Little Prague site at 330 G St. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise.

Vampire Penguin brings shaved snow to downtown Sacramento - Local shaved snow business Vampire Penguin will open a downtown Sacramento location this week, part of a company expansion that extends beyond the region. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Good Eats: Smoke ’em if you've got ’em - Don’t expect ambiance, because Good Eats is all about the food. There are tables with silverware, and a big-screen TV, but it’s dark and almost literally a hole in the wall. Ten months ago, McFadden carved out a dimly lit space behind a hastily erected wall, just off a big commissary kitchen...All the fried items are cooked to order and show off McFadden’s skill. The fried chicken dinner arrives with three big pieces that are thickly battered and darkly fried. The meat bursts with juice under the slightly peppery crust. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

Revolution Wines flies flag for Sacramento terroir - Haarmeyer is the head winemaker at Revolution Wines, a boutique urban winery in midtown, and proudly flies the “made in Sacramento” flag. He takes to social media with the #sacterroir hashtag to show his local pride in cyberspace. Sometimes he feels like an army of one. “It’s an uphill battle,” Haarmeyer said. “Most folks think ‘real’ wine couldn’t come from Sacramento, but it could come from Napa or the foothills.” Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: RIP Cafe Soleil


Cafe Soleil will close on Friday, the restaurant announced on Facebook.

Here's the full text of their post:

Loyal Soleil Customers,

It it with a heavy heart I announce that Soleil will be closing it's doors on Friday December 5th. Please come by this week if you want to grab a delicious meal one more time and use your gift certificates.

The Ix Family sends a sincere thank you to all of your support over the years. The customers and memories will always be cherished.

This is a wonderful local family business that will be greatly missed by the community. We will always be thankful for the amazing food, service and thoughts of Nicole and her beautiful family that made our week days brighter and our tastebuds happy.

The Sacramento Bee's Ryan Lillis fills in some more of the details:

Yesenia Ix said changes to Cesar Chavez Plaza have made it difficult for the cafe to remain open.

The city has spent millions of dollars renovating the park in recent years. The work disrupted business at Café Soleil, as fences surrounded much of the park, Ix said.

“People turn away whenever they see a fence,” Ix said.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

For those who want to pay one last visit to Cafe Soleil, it is located at 917 9th St.

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Sacramento chef embraces role as Culinerd - But becoming “The Culinerd” requires much more than throwing on some novelty glasses and getting inked with food-related tattoos. Breedlove has Asperger’s syndrome, a condition that has made social interactions difficult and left him grappling with obsessive behaviors for much of his life. His wife of eight years and business partner, Amy, serves as his de facto life skills coach. “I’ve really seen him come a long ways,” said Amy Breedlove. “Every day, I have to realize he’s wired differently, and I had to learn patience and communication with him. He doesn’t pick up on anything. Every day is a struggle for him with his quirks and fixations.” Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Add Some Bang to Your Brunch at Grange - If traditional mimosas and Bloody Marys leave you yawning, check out Grange Restaurant & Bar's lineup of brunch cocktails. I visited this downtown bastion of farm-to-fork cuisine recently on a lazy Saturday morning, and ordered up the establishment's Red Beer and Grange Irish Coffee to, er, complement my meal. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Chocolate bread pudding for the season - Chef Tom Patterson at Fabian’s Italian Bistro makes an unusual version, which will be on the menu through December and perhaps beyond. The base for his chocolate bread pudding is soft challah bread, which takes off from there with the additions of chocolate mousse, ganache, cream, egg, cinnamon and sugar, topped with vanilla gelato and brittle orange “clear” caramel ($8.95). To paraphrase the famous quote from Charles Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist,” “We want some more, please.” Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Old Soul Co.'s 'The Sauce' Debuts This Month - I was delighted to discover a unique beer recently that was produced collaboratively by Old Soul Co. and Ruhstaller of Sacramento. “The Sauce,” a coffee-infused Porter, debuted this month as a limited release (only 230 cases were produced), and is offered in a custom 22-ounce bottle. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Dining News: East Sac's Cielito Lindo to Reopen in January


Picture taken the day of the fire.

Cielito Lindo, which was ravaged by a fire in late April, will reopen in January 2015, reports Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.

Ramiro Alarcon, who owns the restaurant with his wife Claudia Alarcon, told me that he has been catering events and teaching cooking classes while waiting for contractors to complete repairs to the building he is renting at 3672 J St. in east Sacramento. Alarcon spoke to me through a translator because he said his English was not yet as good as his Spanish...

Alarcon’s restaurant was open for only seven months before the fire. The cause of the blaze is undetermined, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

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Sous-vide chicken wings are succulent at Adamo’s - Meanwhile, our favorite dish is chef Tony DiMichele’s chicken wings (he’s formerly of Grange). Forget about deep-fried, these wings are cooked “sous vide.” They’re sealed in a plastic bag with a marinade of fish sauce, garlic, cilantro stems and black pepper and simmered for three hours in a water bath with a constant “target temperature” of 167 degrees. They’re cooled, then grilled (slightly charred) to order and served with a Vietnamese-style sauce of rice vinegar, garlic, chile flakes and sugar ($6). Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

New details on Empress Tavern, aiming for January grand opening - One of Sacramento’s most anticipated restaurants lies below the sidewalk near 10th and K streets. I’m standing in the space that’s scheduled to debut in January as Empress Tavern, the sister eatery of the much acclaimed Mother, which is positioned just upstairs from the future Empress Tavern. The menu at Empress Tavern will be the antithesis of the all-vegetarian Mother, with an emphasis on hearty, carved meats in a subterranean space. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

The Weatherstone: More Than Just Great Coffee - Old Soul at The Weatherstone on 21st Street has long been one of my favorite hangouts. But it was only recently that I discovered that the coffee house (which serves up first-rate java) also has a terrific food menu. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Dining review: Tucos in Davis is bold, tasty, but not for everyone - But the food? It can be absolutely stellar. Just one dish – the near-perfect wild boar tamales with mole – was enough for us to sense that the cooking had reached a new level. This is one of the greatest revelations we’ve had in recent memory. The masa was beautifully composed, the wild boar tender and seasoned just right, all of it covered in a red-brown mole sauce that was, all at once, sweet and savory and earthy and spicy. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Temple Coffee Expands to Davis

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Temple Coffee will add a location in Davis, its fourth overall, reports Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise.

It’s official. Temple Fine Coffee and Tea officials signed a lease Monday to be the anchor tenant of the new building going in at Third and G streets...

While the coffeehouse will take about two-thirds of the ground floor, Ruebner still needs to fill the remainder of the building. Temple’s reputation should be a draw, he said. Roughly 800 square feet of retail space is left fronting Third Street, as well as 2,500 of office space upstairs, which could be divided.

Now they can focus on construction, he said, which could be complete in the spring. An optimistic timeline would have Temple opening in May or June.

In the same story, Weitzel reports that Old Soul appears to be having issues with its Davis location.

Meanwhile, the owners for another popular Sacramento coffeehouse, Old Soul Co., are mum on what appear to be stalled lease negotiations for a new café at the former Little Prague space on G Street. It would be less than a block away from Temple. Broker Jim Gray of Cassidy/Turley Commercial Real Estate Services said Thursday, “Wish I had good news. But at this moment I have no news.”

Read the entire story in the Davis Enterprise.

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Winters Brew: Berryessa Brewing Co. reaps the benefits of committed regulars but may soon face growing pains - On hot summer weekends, a 20-barrel brewery west of Winters overflows with patrons. They flood the taproom and crowd around shaded picnic tables, sipping beer while soaking in live music. A few kids play baseball in the gravel lot. Others pull wooden blocks from an oversized Jenga set by the food truck. Some are locals, but many come from Davis, Sacramento and beyond to get a taste of whatever Berryessa Brewing Co. has on tap for the week. This scene is nothing new to brewmaster Chris Miller. The place has been packed every weekend since he opened the taproom two years ago and began selling his signature brews on-site. For this reason, Miller is a hard man to catch. Russell Nichols in Comstocks Mag.

Granola Girl launching nutrition-packed food truck in November - The words “food truck” and “healthy” rarely go together. Yet locally-grown business Granola Girl is going the mobile route, bringing good eats to Sacramento yogis and juice cleansers in mid-November. Among the truck offerings: granola bowls with homemade almond milk; superfood smoothies; veggie and fruit juice; and plant-based sandwiches. It’s not a de facto vegan, gluten-free truck, but a lot of the options are vegan and gluten-free. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Rubio’s New Sustainable Shrimp Tacos - While I’ve always been a fan of Rubio’s shrimp tacos, I recently made a lifestyle change that prohibits me from eating non-sustainable meat. As you can imagine, this modification eliminated many of my favorite quick lunch/dinner stops. However, I was thoroughly impressed upon walking into Rubio’s and learning that the brand is diligently working to expand its menu with innovative recipes, ranging from sustainable shrimp tacos to Atlantic salmon burritos, sustainable tilapia items and much more. Stephanie Rudy on Sac Foodies.

Bank of the West Tower lands Bay Area cafe - Specialty's Café and Bakery will open a restaurant in the first floor of the Bank of the West Tower on Capitol Mall, filling that spot for the first time in the high-rise's 5-year history. When the Bay Area-based restaurant opens next spring, customers will find fresh sandwiches, salads, baked goods and Peet's coffee. The 5,600 square-foot restaurant will offer seated service as well as orders to go. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

Sun & Soil Juice Co. adding pop-up shop - A locally owned juice shop is adding a pop-up location in the 16 Powerhouse project that's under construction in midtown Sacramento. Sun & Soil Juice Co. will have a pop-up juice store inside Insight Coffee Roasters at 16 Powerhouse, co-owner Molly Brown confirmed Monday. She owns the business with Chris Ryan of Insight Coffee and Tatiana Kaiser. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: RIP Marilyn's on K


Marilyn's on K, the bar and live music joint, is closing after 16 years, it announced on its Web site.

Marilyn's announces that it is closing after November 1st.

We'd like to thank our loyal customers, whom we consider our friends and family, for your support over the last 16 years. We are also proud of our employees who have made the Marilyn's experience possible over the years.

Marilyn's began as "Marilyn's on 12th and K" in 1998, before that corner became gentrified. That was before IMAX, K-Bar, Esquire, Sheraton, etc. Those days, Marilyn's was the only bar in the neighborhood, hosting construction workers when they got off shifts, and entertaining Hyatt customers seeking a local, informal pub experience.

When the landlord at 12th and K was foreclosed, the new owner's vision did not include a bar. Having established a presence on K Street, Marilyn's moved down the street and found a unique "underground" opportunity near 9th Street, reopening in 2005 as "Marilyn's on K"...

Marilyn's was a trend-setter for Sacramento's entertainment community, and looks forward to watching the evolution of downtown in general, and K Street in particular. In the closing weeks, Marilyn's invites everyone to stop by and enjoy "the vibe" a few more times, and reminisce with staff and fellow customers. Join the party all day and night on Saturday, November 1st !

Read their entire announcement on their Web site.

According to the Sac Bee, the spot will become a bar/arcade concept. I'm envisioning a much smaller version of Dave & Busters, or possibly the game room at Republic.

New owners Roy Ledo and Hassan Mahmood intend to open a restaurant similar to their San Diego Coin Op, including the arcade component, that will include as many as 40 video-game machines, Swanigan said.

“Our background is craft cocktails,” Ledo said. “We’re going with a classical arcade bar – with craft cocktails and craft beer.”

Ledo said that the new restaurant and bar will open in February and will have about 25 employees.

He also co-owns a San Diego cocktail lounge and exotic meat restaurant called Lion’s Share

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

The Bee also reports that the owner's other business, Paradigm Systems, Inc. was taking an increasing amount of her time, leading her to rethink her time allocation.

Certainly, the downtown core is changing as the opening of the arena closes. I'm not sure if it'll be better or worse, but the change hasn't always been bad. Mother is definitely better than the Blimpie's Subs that occupied that space previously. My guess, though, is that this is just the beginning of the change.

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Arena Casualty Watch: Marilyn's on K to close - In another sign that downtown Sac as we know it is quickly fading into a thing of the past, the owners of Marilyn’s on K announced Thursday that they’d sold the business. The basement club, known for its emphasis on local rock, blues and jazz, will close effective Nov. 1. Rachel Leibrock in Sac News & Review.

VIDEO: Downtown Venue ‘Marilyn’s on K’ Prepares to Shut Down - After 16 years of business downtown, Marilyn’s on K will close on November 1st. Owner Linda Swanigan decided to call it quits, not because of lack of profits, but instead she say if was simply time to move on. Ali Wolf on FOX 40.

VIDEO: Foam-tastic - Gary Gelfand learns how to make the perfect (maybe not so perfect) foam top to his cup of coffee at the Yellowbill Cafe & Bakery. On FOX 40 Part 1 | Part 2.

VIDEO: Combining coffee and beer - Old Soul Co. shop in Sacramento is combining coffee and beer to make a new kind of drink. On KCRA.

GOTG Favorite Coffee Spots in Sacramento - In case you were looking to check out a new place  or needed a recommendation – your Girls on the Grid have got you covered. Check out our favorite places and what we order! Featuring Old Soul, Insight Coffee Roasters, Chocolate Fish, Tupelo, Temple Coffee, Fluid Espresso Bar, The Mill and Dutch Brothers. On Girls on the Grid.

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