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Dining News: Noodles to Thai For to Replace Shoki on 24th


Shoki Ramen House, which is in the process of moving from its original location on 24th St. in Curtis Park to the old Trails Restaurant on 21st St., will be replaced by Noodles to Thai For.

I reached out to the restaurant owners on Thursday afternoon for more details, but did not hear back as of the time of publication.

On Twitter, this is how they tease their restaurant:

Do you like Thai food? Do you like noodles? Do you like Thai noodles? Well, Noodles to Thai for is coming to Sac ...See you soon!!

The restaurant, which had targeted an August opening, now expects to open in September.

As for Shoki, I drive by their new location once a week, but it still looks like construction is going on inside the building. I'll let you know when it opens. Of course, those seeking their Shoki fix can still head to their R street location.

* Photo via their Twitter account.

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Hot-pot restaurant Boiling Avenue joins local dining mix - While hot pots are often a group endeavor, Boiling Avenue will specialize in "mini personal hot pots," according to Tran. Each guest will prepare his or her own meal in a personal-size pot over heat. Individual meals usually take between five and eight minutes to cook. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Downtown Sacramento sports-bar owner to revive Beermann's in Lincoln - The developer of a high-profile new sports bar near Golden 1 Center has another project in the works — reviving Beermann’s in downtown Lincoln. Curtis Smith owns the building that formerly housed the Zokku nightclub at 419 J St. in downtown Sacramento. Another group will open and operate sports bar Triple Double in that building within the next month. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

Blackbird Kitchen + Beer Gallery - Major changes include what co-owner and executive chef Carina Lampkin calls a “bigger, badder" 30-foot-long redwood bar that will run the length of the downstairs tavern (as opposed to two smaller bars in the space)...She expects renovations to be complete by mid-September. In Sactown Mag.

Sacramento Ranks Among Craft Beer-Loving Cities - It’s no secret that the River City loves its craft beer. According to Market Watch, craft brew accounts for a third of all the beer sold in Sacramento. Ian McDonald on FOX 40.

Rita’s of Folsom a family destination - After making Rita’s Italian Ice a family destination for their household, Holly and Michael Kane decided to open a Rita’s in Folsom to share their family favorite with the Folsom community. Rita’s of Folsom opened Monday in the Folsom Central Shopping Plaza at 1177 Riley St. in Folsom, across from the Folsom Aquatic Center. Laura Newell in the El Dorado Hills Telegraph.

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Dining News: Sac Brew Bike Bar Approved by Planning Commission

A permanent home base for Sac Brew Bike was approved by city planners last week.

The bar and building with space for storage of up to four bike buses, is planned for 1519 19th Street.

Hear are some of the conditions of the permit, according to Planning Commission documents:

  • The sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises is strictly prohibited.
  • No distilled spirits shall be sold.
  • Alcohol sales are limited to normal store hours between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • No coin operated games or video machines shall be allowed on the premises.

I understand all the restrictions except for the video game prohibition. What do the police have against a good game of Ms. Pac Man?

Anyway, the proposal did draw the ire of some neighbors before it was passed unanimously, reports Doug Johnson on FOX 40.

At Thursday night’s planning meeting, neighbors complained the party bikes are already too loud. Hall is disappointed the planning commissioned allowed the tasting room, feeling customers will only get louder earlier on their tour.

“The commission pretty much addressed the fact that that’s not their job,” Hall told FOX40.

Read the entire story on FOX 40.

For the civic minded among you, the video of the relatively lenghty Planning Commission hearing is available below.

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Downtown Plaza cinnamon roll shop getting new location - After 28 years of ooey, gooey sweetness, Spinners bakery is leaving Sacramento's Downtown Plaza at the end of June. But its popular cinnamon rolls aren't dying. Owners Larry Taing and Sandy Taing plan to open a Spinners location inside the 76 gas station they own at 1400 Sutterville Road in Land Park. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Pre-Flight Lounge, Homeless No Longer - PBR fans, take note: Pre-Flite Lounge, downtown’s favorite dive bar, is back after a brief closure, and some argue it’s better than ever. The faux-wood paneling and super-cushy lounge chairs may be gone, but the new spot boasts a longer bar and some of the same kitsch that gave the original location much of its character. Catherine Warmerdam in Sac Mag.

What Broderick owners are planning - Chris Jarosz and Matt Chong have a collective business name, and it's not "the Broderick guys." Their restaurant group, which includes multiple local eateries, officially is called Working Class Heroes. "We come from very modest beginnings," Jarosz said. "We feel like we've always been the underdog." Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Seven sweet and savory food festivals to attend this season - From peaches to tacos, we’ve got the best of the fests for the region’s summertime food celebrations. Here are seven great ways to partake in the abundance of the Golden State this season. Tori Masucci Cummins and Jessica Rine in Sactown Mag.

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Dining News: OBO' Italian by Selland Family to Replace Good Eats


In a move that's been rumored for more than 9 months, the Selland Family will be opening OBO' Italian at the spot formerly occupied by Good Eats restaurant/market.

Good Eats closed in that spot in August 2011, after barely a year in business.

I wrote at the time that I hoped a Selland's Market Cafe would fill that spot. It's not exactly that, but the Selland Family describes OBO' Italian as a "a casual, food-centric dining experience and feature a full bar and patio dining, as well as take out and catering." I actually asked Randall Selland years ago about whether he would consider adding a Market Cafe location in the old Good Eats spot, but he said there was concern that it could cannabalize the business of their popular East Sac location.

Chef Kelly McCown, former chef at Ella who spent the last three years with former L Wine Lounge owner at Goose & Gander in St. Helena, has also returned to the Selland Family fold. His first project will be to "help" Selland Family Corporate Executive Chef Ravin Patel open OBO' Italian.

OBO' Italian is expected to open in late 2015, and will be located at 3145 Folsom Blvd.

* Picture taken May 25, 2014.

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South (Southern Restaurant) – Tradition Reinvented - Meet N’Gina. She and her husband are the proud owners of the new midtown restaurant, South ( I had the pleasure of sitting down with her and getting to know her as well as what her restaurant has to offer. Kelli Gould in Girls on the Grid.

Asian N Cajun: Awesome sauce - We’re not sure if this is the best example of the Asian-Cajun genre in Sacramento, but it’s a good start. While it’s a great spot for some salty, fried comfort food, it doesn’t quite have the range of flavors that several of the other spots in South Sacramento do (Firehouse and Crab City in particular seem to be doing more fun, inventive stuff). Still, after a few squirts of lemon, the sauce at Asian N Cajun is pretty awesome. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

Five new places to get a drink in the Sacramento region - If you want to reward yourself after a busy week, visit one of the many hot spots that recently opened in the Sacramento region. Here's a handy guide to some of the area's additions. Featuring Pre-Flite Lounge, Track 7 Natomas, Cask & Barrel, Dragas Brewing and Pure Life Juice Co. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Chili's closes Eureka Road location in Roseville - Chili's Grill & Bar has permanently closed one of its restaurants in Roseville. The location at 1516 Eureka Road closed in late January due to a lease expiration, according to a spokeswoman for restaurant operator Brinker International Inc. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Pre-Flite 2.0 quietly opens downtown - But Pre-Flite lives on, and the second iteration held its soft opening Wednesday at 1011 10th Street, a basement spot that was once an old bank vault. Find the entrance in the graffitied Jazz Alley between J and K Streets—there’s no sign to help you. Owner Jason Yee brought over a bunch of artifacts from the old Pre-Flite, including the stewardess mannekin, odd lamp affixed with origami cranes, posters, signs and, best of all, the former entrance doors. You know, the one that states happy hour is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and everything costs 65 cents? Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

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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

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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: City Approves New Location for Pre-Flite Lounge

20141027_211113916_iOSThe alley where the entrance to Pre-Flite Lounge will be. In the background is Insight Coffee Roasters on 10th St.

Pre-Flite Lounge, the hipster dive bar displaced by the new Kings arena, has found a new home, reports Ryan Lillis in the Sac Bee.

On Thursday, the city Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit for the Pre-Flite to open in the basement of 1011 10th St., a stately building just off J Street that once housed a Wells Fargo bank. It’s across the street from the upscale Grange restaurant and next to the trendy Parlare night club.

There’s nothing upscale or trendy about the new Pre-Flite. The door to the new space opens into an alley lined with dumpsters stacked against the side of a single room occupancy hotel...

There won’t be any windows in the new bar. They’re bringing back the piano and the old jukebox. Many patrons used to pose for photographs with an oddly dressed mannequin at the Pre-Flite. The mannequin will be back.

Read the entire article in the Sac Bee.

To get a good feel for the new space that Pre-Flite Lounge will occupy, CBS 13 takes a tour with owner Jason Yee.

The owner tells CBS 13 that he hopes to have the restaurant in 6 weeks.

Pre Flite Lounge will be located at 1011 10th St., and can be found online at

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Formoli’s Bistro nearly great, and getting better - While Sacramento’s dining scene has evolved in the eight years Formoli’s has been in business, this modest bistro has grown even more. Were it not for those mediocre desserts and minuscule missteps, it would be vying for a spot as a top-10 restaurant. For now, it’s very good – and very close. Because Formoli is so talented and his staff so professional, I’ve set the bar higher, and I expect just a bit more in the months and years ahead. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

West Sac Veggie Trike - Meet Collin, the mastermind behind the West Sac Veggie Trike. He pedals fresh fruits and veggies, local honey and eggs around the streets of West Sacramento, all for very reasonable prices. One day you may find him on the state streets and another out in the Bridgeway Island neighborhood. It’s always easy to find him thanks to Facebook and Twitter. Kim Bedwell in Sac Foodies.

Nutty noodles - Sacramento doesn't have a ramen burger yet, but last month Shoki Ramen House (whose owners happen to be friends with Shimamoto) debuted the Rapanada, a burrito-esque “ramen-empanada” at a few special events. Shoki's Facebook page says it will be available soon (if not already), but in the meantime, here are a few other options in town for people who want their noodles stuck in some buns. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

Let's eat: Three places you might want to try - Looking for somewhere different to try for lunch or dinner? Our three places to try this week include a place to get banh mi, South Indian vegetarian food in Folsom and an Italian deli favorite. Featuring Huong Lan Sandwiches, Mylapore Restaurant and Sampino's Towne Foods. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

A Tale of Two Sacramento Restaurants - I wanted to blog about two restaurants I have visited lately. We have been trying to eat at home lately, so going out feels like a genuine treat and we choose our destinations carefully. The first stop was the new location of Bacon & Butter, which moved from midtown to Tahoe Park, and the second is The Cultured & The Cured in East Sac. Stacy Grow on In Search of the Finer Things.

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Yelp Drinks: Half Off Drinks Thru Sunday


Yelp Drinks is a special event where restaurants all across Sacramento are offering select drinks half off for the entire week. There are no restrictions on the hours or coupons. Just show up and drink for half off.

The restaurants participating in this promotion, with their half off drinks, are:

Cornerstone (at Headhunters)

  • Pineapple Upside Down
  • Lemon Drop
  • Fat Ruth aka Mandarin Cosmo

Dive Bar

  • Walk The Plank
  • Mer-tini
  • Wet Whistle

District 30

  • Back Beat
  • Frisky Rhythm
  • V.I.P.

The Firehouse

  • 2007 The Firehouse No. 3 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
  • 2010 Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley
  • 2007 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs North Coast


  • Grange Stoli Martini
  • Grange Gibson
  • French 75

Headhunters Video Bar & Grille

  • Tuaca-Tini
  • Sailor Jerr Rum & Coke
  • Carmen Miranda

Heat Shabu Baru

  • Mango Soju
  • TY KU Sake (Silver)
  • Samurai Sour

Kasbah Lounge

  • Caipirinha
  • Kotayk Armenian Lager
  • Valdepenas Tempranillo        

Monsoon Cuisine of India

  • Amelie Martini
  • Raging Bull
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's

Pre-Flite Lounge

  • Happy Meal 
  • Cheap Vacation
  • Over with a twist

Tapa the World

  • Caipirinha
  • Kotayk Armenian Lager
  • Valdepenas Tempranillo        

Taylor's Kitchen

  • Sonoma Oaks Chardonnay
  • Scrimshaw Pilsner
  • Edmeades Zinfandel


  • Sweet Tart
  • Bacardi Rock Coconut Mai Tai
  • Gordon Biersch Märzen

It's too bad they couldn't schedule this around Sac Beer Week. For more information, visit Yelp.