Dining News: RIP Hads Steak & Seafood, Welcome Tank House

Hads Steak & Seafood, which opened on J Street in late 2010, has been sold, closed, and a new restaurant is replacing it,

Per the Sac Bee's Bob Shallit:

...[Bret] Bair, who also is an investor in the LowBrau beer house on 20th street and a partner in a new venture, Tank House, set to open this summer at the former site of Hads Steak & Seafood restaurant at 1925 J St.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

I've spent the last couple days trying to piece together what happened. According to online reviews and postings, it looks like it closed in early May. On their voice mail at the restaurant, the message says:

You've reached Hads Steak & Seafood. We have been sold, and we are no longer open, but we appreciate your patronage...Come back in a few months and see the new restaurant that will be here.

I reached out via Facebook to the owners, but haven't heard back. If you know anything, please share it below. Otherwise, I'll update when I hear back.

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The lager comeback: Ruhstaller brings history to life with the return of Gilt Edge - Mission accomplished. Paino partnered with Winter’s farmer Sean McNamara to plant the first acre of hops to hit the Sacramento region in over 30 years at the California Center for Land-Based Learning. Now Ruhstaller can boast their own farm, the New Ruhstaller Hop Farm, located off of I-80 in Dixon. All of the ingredients that go into Ruhstaller’s beers are produced by two local farmers. A recently-added feather in Paino’s cap is last week’s release of their Gilt Edge Lager, which is now available in bottles at select Sacramento outlets – including Nugget, Corti Brothers, and Compton’s Market. Ruhstaller will host Hop Off the Grid on Thursday, June 6 at the New Ruhstaller Hop Farm to celebrate the release. Allison Joy in Sac Press.

Railroad museum foundation bails on Ales on Rails because of heat - The Ales on the Rails fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday was canceled for extreme heat. The California State Railroad Museum Foundation decided to cancel the event because the historic train cars are enclosed and do not have air conditioning. The event was to feature beers from Track 7 Brewing Co. Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Now Open - Midtown's Thai Canteen

Thai Canteen, which originated in Davis, opened its midtown location at 16th & P on Monday, said T Devahasbin in an interview on Wednesday evening.

They'll serve the same menu as their Davis location, but their specials may vary. The restaurant will be open daily at 11 a.m., and close Sunday and Monday at 10 p.m., and at 1 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

They also plan to have a happy hour...eventually.

For now, they don't have a liquor license, but they're working on it. They will hold an official grand opening when they receive a liquor license, hopefully in July.

For more information about Thai Canteen, read this post from February.

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Chipotle, Papa Murphy's planned for East Sacramento shopping center - After months of rumors, here’s an answer about two of the tenants locating in a new building within the Camellia Center in East Sacramento. Chipotle Mexican Grill is indeed coming to the new 5,926-square-foot building constructed in front of the Save Mart-anchored shopping center on Folsom Boulevard near 59th Street. Last week, the eatery requested a Sacramento city permit for its tenant improvements, said Stacia Cosgrove, a senior planner with the city of Sacramento. Kelly Johnson in the Sac Biz Journal.

Almond Joy - With Sacramento’s new emphasis on its farm-to-fork merits, there’s never been a better reason to bring back the Blue Diamond almond factory tours that helped put our local food on the world map. It’s time to polish this diamond in the rough. Rob Turner in Sactown Magazine

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Dining News: Lou's Sushi to Replace Una Mas in June


Lou's Sushi, run by a former chef at Zen Sushi, will open at the spot formerly occupied by Una Mas at 28th & P, Cowtown Eats has learned in an interview with its owner Lou Valente via Facebook.

The 30 seat restaurant will be a small, neighborhood-style restaurant, in contrast with some of the mega sushi restaurants that are dominate Midtown.

Initially, the restaurant will serve wine, beer & sake, and be open Tuesday to Saturday for both lunch and dinner service.

Per a Sacramento Press article in 2011, Valente has nearly two decades as a sushi chef.

Lou Valente has been a Sushi chef for 16 years. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and then to Sacramento in 2000 with a brief stopover for five years in San Francisco.

"I got into the food industry when I was 14, washing dishes in Philly at a banquet hall. In L.A., I was part of a catering crew, then got a spot at a Japanese restaurant in Malibu. It was then that I found a love for creating what I do now."

Valente studied at the California Culinary Academy and did his apprenticeship there with Kiyoshi Hiyakawa (Koo). When he moved to Sacramento in 2000, he opend Sushi on the River. He was a partner there for two years, sold his investment and did some travelling.

Lou's Sushi is located at 2801 P Street. Keep up with the restaurant's progress on Facebook.

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Sacramento church opens restaurant to make money for sanctuary - El Manà sits on a small, wedge-shaped island at the corner of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Manzanita Avenue. The taqueria is thought to be one of few eateries in the Sacramento region – if not the only one – owned and operated by a faith group. Several congregations run coffeehouses, but they do so on church grounds with limited hours and aren't licensed to cook and serve food, Sacramento County officials said. El Manà, by contrast, is seven miles from the Arden Arcade church that lends worship space to Martinez and his 150 parishioners. It is the group's fourth church location since the Guatemalan immigrant moved from Los Angeles to launch the Sacramento congregation nearly a decade ago. Jan Ferris Heenan in the Sac Bee.

VIDEO: Where is your beer grown? Calif. hops make a comeback - Growers plant a roadside farm near Davis by J.E. Paino, owner of Ruhstaller Beer. David Bienick on KCRA.

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Dining News: Burgers & Brew Owner Plans New Downtown Pizza Restaurant

The owner of Burgers & Brew will expand their growing empire by opening a restaurant focused on pizza and pasta at 11th & R streets, reports Stanford Nax in the Sac Biz Journal.

The restaurant, which does not yet have a name, would be only a few blocks from Zawaydeh’s Burgers & Brew restaurant near R and 14th streets.

“There is a definite need for something like this in Sacramento,” said Zawaydeh, who also operates Burger & Brew restaurants in Davis, Chico and Sacramento International Airport. He also runs Crepeville restaurants at 18th and L streets in Sacramento and in Davis, and just opened a Mexican restaurant, El Toro Bravo, in Davis.

Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.

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Check it Out: Roseville's Susumu Japanese Steak House - If you’re looking for an entertaining dining experience for the family this season, check out Roseville’s Susumu. A Benihana-style Japanese steak house, if offers similar food theatrics, including steaming onion “volcanos,” impressive bursts of fire and – if you’re lucky – a chef who flings eggs into his hat. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Where City and Wine Country Intersect - Downtown & Vine, the spacious multiwinery tasting room that opened in early December, is one of the latest eat-and-drink destinations to call downtown’s slowly evolving K Street home. The tasting room at 1200 K St. (formerly Blade Barber and Spa) is set up to pour three core wines from a dozen wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Amador and El Dorado counties—including Iron Horse Vineyards, Round Pond Estate, Neyers Vineyards, Vino Noceto Winery and Fiddletown Cellars. Sixty-four additional single-vineyard and specialty wines are available for purchase by the bottle. Catherine Warmerdam in Sac Mag.

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Daily Dining News: 'Everyone’s Going Loco for Zocalo' in Roseville

Zocalo expanded to Roseville in August, but it's often hard for a restaurant to maintain the same quality when opening a second outpost. How's it doing? Megan Wiskus of Style Mag fills us in.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, but within seconds of entering Zócalo, I was smitten.

Floor to ceiling, the 4,500-square-foot airy space, fashioned by designer Ernesto Cruz, is brimming with authentic and artistic furnishings, from seven-foot hand-carved columns to chandeliers reminiscent of agave plants. Black and white fixtures, brick walls and splashes of scarlet are punctuated by lush palm trees and artwork created by Cruz; the overall vibe is contemporary yet comfortable.

On a recent visit, the balmy autumn air beckoned me to dine on the spacious outdoor patio. As mariachi music set the mood, a blackberry margarita and warm, just-fried chips served alongside salsa and creamy black bean dip piqued my palate for what was to come.

Read the entire review in Style Mag.

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Ruhstaller Beer introduces its first all-Sacramento brew - A new brew from Ruhstaller Beer achieves what the company set out to do when it launched last year – brew a uniquely Sacramento beer. Drawing on the region’s brewing history and one of the pioneers of the trade – which largely disintegrated during Prohibition – Ruhstaller owner J-E Paino launched a locally brewed beer with an emphasis on using California ingredients. According to Corti Brothers Store Director Rick Mindermann, that wasn’t quite enough for owner Darrel Corti. Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Natomas farm hopes its Steel Magnolia will grow in town - You may recall the company broke ground a year ago on Feeding Crane Farms in North Natomas. This week, Stein told me, it completed the purchase of Steel Magnolia, a commercial kitchen on 16th Street in Sacramento. "Our focus with Steel Magnolia is to really cultivate and support local food production and participate in local food production," Stein said. "We want to teach local producers how to work in a commercial kitchen, how to navigate the permitting process through the county and through the city. Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.

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Daily Dining News: Tako Korean BBQ Menu 'Inspired'


Last month, I visted Tako Korean BBQ on their first weekend and thought it was off to a good start. (Read my entire Instant Reaction.) Sac Bee restaurant reviewer Blair Anthony Robertson thought it "ranged from superbly original." (Read his First Impression here.)

Now, Sac Mag's Kira O'Donnell chimes in with her First Bite.

Tako, which serves an inspired lineup of menu items cleverly fusing Korean barbecue and Mexican dishes, is located in a beautifully renovated Richfield gas station that sat empty and decrepit for many years. Neighborhood residents embrace the property’s charming metamorphosis and the food, which includes tasty, full flavored bulgogi, short rib and fire chicken tacos (try the 3 tacos for $7 special – it’s a great deal); a kimchi quesadilla, and a bulgogi mini-burger.

Read the entire review in Sac Mag.

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Food truck conflict spreads - Just as Sacramento food truck operators and owners of brick and mortar restaurants reached a compromise over where and when the trucks can operate, another battle is brewing in the statewide mobile food arena. An advocacy group in Southern California is not happy with Sacramento's proposed regulations, which it calls illegal, and has vowed to fight any efforts by Sacramento truck owners and city officials to push for state legislation giving cities the right to regulate food trucks. Anne Gonzales in the Sac Bee.

Track 7 to release West Coast IPA - Cold beer and sticky Sacramento heat go hand in hand, and Track 7 Brewing Co. will soon beckon beer aficionados and loyal fans of the newly-opened brewery to hop on board the train that is their West Coast IPA, set to be released Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. Sara Godley in Sac Press.

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Daily Dining News: RIP Downtown Denny's, Welcome Perko's Cafe

Denny's at 3rd and J closed two weeks ago, and new owners hope to open a Perko's Cafe in a refurbished space by July 4, reports Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Perko's Cafe sells diner-style fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including items such as steak and eggs, burgers and pork chops. The business has more than 35 locations throughout the state, according to the corporate website.

“It’s a great location,” Ryan Federico said Wednesday of the space at 925 Third St. “It’s a prime area downtown, it’s right by the freeway, and there’s lots of traffic.”

Read the entire story in Sac Press.

I've only heard of Perko's Cafe because they run Groupons. The Yelp reviews seem to be generally positive for a place that aspires to be a diner. I look forward to giving them a try when they open later in the summer.

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Freeport Bakery: A Land Park Treasure Celebrates its 25th Anniversary -  Over the past several years, Sacramento has seen the opening of several delightful new bakeries, including Estelle’s Patisserie, Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts and TreyBcakes. And while I enjoy visiting these establishments occasionally, Freeport Bakery in Land Park remains my go-to bake shop when I need flavorful, beautifully-crafted desserts. This cozy, friendly neighborhood treasure is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, so I suggest you pop in soon to try its famous cakes...Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Ruhstaller gives customers chance to influence brew - Beer drinkers have the chance to steer one of Sacramento’s newest breweries – Ruhstaller Beer – in the direction they think it should head with its newest brew, an as-yet-unnamed lager. “It’s the next step in the line for us,” said owner J-E Paino. “Lagers are the holy grail of craft beers because they’re so hard to make.” Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

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