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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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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: Local Restaurants Side with Insight Coffee, Magpie

For the last month or two, a local carpenters union has spent day after day picketing Insight Coffee and Magpie Cafe for being the future tenants of Powerhouse 16, which the union says isn't paying high enough wages. (Representatives of Powerhouse 16's contractors deny that assertion.)

Since Cowtown Eats first wrote about this issue, other reporters have also covered the story.

First, Ryan Lillis in Monday's Sac Bee:

Magpie and Insight aren’t building their new digs; they’ll simply be tenants. Bay Miry, the developer building 16 Powerhouse, said the project didn’t receive big public subsidies and therefore wasn’t required to use union labor. But he said his workers are getting “standard market-rate wages” and are being treated fairly.

The union isn’t buying it. In a lengthy written statement, Scott Littlehale, a Local 46 spokesman, said Insight and Magpie haven’t demanded that carpenters building the new shops get paid wages and benefits meeting area standards. “The people who construct the buildings that are the bones of our community won’t sit idly and watch the middle-class American dream slip away,” he wrote.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Sac News & Review's Jordan Venema covers some of the customer reaction.

It is questionable whether or not the Local 46 demonstrations effectively communicate the wider issue, let alone the issue at hand, which involves 16 Powerhouse. When Local 46 claims that businesses like Insight and Magpie are morally and economically responsible for contractors to provide standard area wages, it raises the question: What are the degrees of separation between a business and its responsibility for standard area wages?

Because Magpie and Insight are popular locally owned businesses, images of the Grim Reaper picketing their storefronts began showing up on Facebook and Twitter last week. “There is a court of public opinion, and we believe that 98 percent of people are in our camp,” Ryan said of the conversation on social media....

A few blocks away on Tenth Street, local photographer and downtown Insight regular Nicholas Wray stood out front with union protesters for hours last week, holding a sign that read “I [heart] Insight.”

Read the entire article in Sac News & Review.

Now, fellow restaurants have taken to social media to show their support for Magpie Cafe and Insight Coffee.

I went to Insight Capitol Cafe to show my support for them on Thursday, and I'm going to try to get a seat at Magpie for dinner on Friday. If you can, you should support these two local business too.

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Sophisticated Farm-to-Fork Fare at The Firehouse - Sacramento is home to a number of talented, innovative chefs whose menus are a flavorful celebration of our region’s agricultural bounty. Some of the most dazzling and sophisticated farm-to-fork cuisine in the city can be found at The Firehouse in Old Sacramento, where chef Deneb Williams is plating up an enticing array of seasonally inspired dishes. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Liquidology: Sacramento’s newest juice shop - I dropped by Liquidology – Sacramento’s  newest juice shop last week, just before their grand opening celebration. Located on H street at 46th, Liquidology serves local, organic cold pressed juices and a raw foods menu made by Chef Brooke of Green Boheme. Julie and Jeff, the owners, were wonderfully sweet and friendly. They prepared a flight of juices for me, which will also be available at the shop.  They were amazing. Lots of interesting combinations and spicy nuances. I particularly enjoyed the less fruity ones – because I’m that girl who is watching her carbs. Elizabeth Welsh on Girls on the Grid.

Mooyah Burgers targets the family affair - Our burgers were helped by heaps of toppings that added flavor and heft. Though the 5.3-ounce patty gets 310 of its 430 calories from fat, the well-done meat seemed a bit dry and definitely underseasoned. We should have added a Hebrew National-brand hot dog, or a salad with turkey, beef or chicken tenders. Uh, chicken tenders on salad? The double-cooked fried-to-order french fries are a menu star, long batons of hand-cut Idaho russets prepared in a “six-step, 24-hour ordeal.” Portions are huge, and the fries are dark, crispy-creamy and well-seasoned. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Now Open - Track 7 Natomas


Track 7, the Curtis Park-based brewery, quietly opened its Natomas location on Friday.

The craft brewery had hoped to open their second location by New Year's Eve, but a rain-soaked December delayed construction. Give the team behind Track 7 credit. When they announced the new location in July 2014, they predicted a December 2014 opening. They only missed it by a couple weeks, which is very good.

The location is still a work in progress, but apparently, they've done enough to start allowing the public to come to events.

This weekend, they'll be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with food trucks to feed the masses.

The new facility will open with a capacity of 8,000 barrels of beer, compared to their 2013 production of just 1,200 barrels at the Curtis Park facility. The original location will be used for pilot batching and sour beer production.

Their new Natomas warehouse and tasting room is located at 826 Professor Lane.

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Dining News: Block Butcher Bar's 'Charcuterie Board Impressed Visually & on the Tongue'


The positive reviews and buzz continues to build for Block Butcher Bar. This time, by Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

The charcuterie board impressed visually and on the tongue: Shaved almonds, neat piles of meat, mustard, pickled cauliflower and beets were served with small slices of bread. The best meat was the pâté, with a rich buttery flavor that didn’t come with an iron aftertaste, as is common with other pâtés. The bresaola was the plainest—sort of like fancy beef jerky...

Block Butcher Bar’s mastery is the fact that this is slow food, served relatively fast. In other words, you won’t see Tuohy slaving away in a kitchen all day like he did when he helmed Grange. Here, he’s more of a curator. In fact, the only time I saw anyone prepping food at all was during lunch hour, when someone else was making a huge batch of some sort of salsa.

The beauty is that all the cheese, meat, pickles, etc., are already there, ready to be plated quickly—all at a price not that’s not too much more than fast food.

Read the entire review in Sac News & Review.

I stopped by Block Butcher Bar about a month ago for dinner and found the food & service fabulous. You must try the jamon iberico. You can check out some of the pictures of my meal there on the Cowtown Eats Instagram feed.

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Cream offers sweet way to stay cool: Custom ice cream sandwiches - If you're looking for a sweet way to cool down in Davis, stop by Cream on F St...The Davis store, which opened in September 2013, has been a big hit. Franchise owners Tommy Tu, Eric Tu and Eugene Zheng started the business with just themselves and a few employees, but soon realized they would need stronger management for it to take off the ground. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: New Burgers & Brew Location Replacing Purgatory


Burgers & Brew will be adding a second location on The Grid, replacing Purgatory at 17th & J in early 2015, reports Sac Biz Journal's Ben van der Meer.

Derar Zawaydeh, who owns with his brother the successful gourmet counter-service burger restaurants as well as Crepeville restaurants, said the project is already in design phase.

“It’s going to be something similar to what’s on R Street,” Zawaydeh said of the 12,800-square-foot building, which he and his brother  bought this week. The principal difference stems from the layout, he said. With a 6,000-square-foot basement, the building at 1616 J St. will have brewing tanks planted there and coming through the floor to the ground level, where the restaurant and bar service will be.

Earlier, van der Meer reported that the owners of Burgers & Brew and Crepeville had purchased the building, they had yet to announce what brand they would be using at the location.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

There are currently four Burgers & Brew locations, including Downtown (14th & R), the Airport, Davis and Chico.

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Dining News: Strings Urban Kitchen to Open on March 21


Strings Urban Kitchen, located at Capitol Towers at 7th and N Streets, will open on Friday, March 21.

Here's Ed Murrieta's description of the place in early February, via the Sac Biz Journal.

Strings Urban Kitchen is an up-market offshoot of Strings Italian Cafes, the Gold River-based chain of casual eateries...

Gelber said Strings Urban Kitchens lunch menu will include pastas, salads and sandwiches (meatball, sausage, chicken picatta) in the $8 to $10 range. He said dinners -- fish-forward, with frutti di mare pizza, cioppino, plus pastas and steaks -- will be priced between $12 and $15.

Here's a little more from a press release issued on Wednesday.

Strings Urban Kitchen is the brainchild of founder, Michael Gelber, with the able support of Strings Italian Café founder, Al DeCaprio, and local sommelier and Strings Urban Kitchen general manager, Michael Chandler. Gelber is also the owner of Rail Bridge Cellars Winery, Rail Bridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge, Alexis Catering and Libations by Alexis...

In conjunction with Strings Italian Café head chef, Eric Hunziker, and the Strings Urban Kitchen chef de cuisine, Antonio Morales – Gelber, DeCaprio and Chandler created the menu, which offers soups, salads, paninos, pizzas, and classic Italian pasta favorites, as well as many fresh seafood dishes including steamed clams and mussels, cioppino and salmon. The restaurant also offers vongole and eggplant parmesan, a rare find in downtown Sacramento.

“The food is going to pleasantly surprise people,” said Gelber. “We offer a broad menu, with seasonal and traditional favorites.”

One of the most unique features is the Vino Cantinetta, stocked with fine, affordable wines hand-selected by Michael Chandler. The comfortable Vino Cantinetta provides customers the opportunity to taste and purchase bottles of wine to take home, or to enjoy during their dining experience. Chandler, Strings Urban Kitchen’s general manager and sommelier, is active in the wine industry and his past experience includes working with David Berkley Fine Wines and Specialty Foods. He has also advised a number of local restaurants and retail wine shops. Joe Anthony, mixologist, former general manager at Zocalo and the inspiration behind Sacramento’s Cocktail Week, crafted the cocktail menu.

Strings can be found online at

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Five businesses that made a mark in Sacramento region in 2013 - Track 7 Brewery – This tiny brewery in an industrial area off of Sutterville Road in Sacramento epitomizes the craft beer craze, fed by numerous breweries that have popped up all over the region. Track 7 recently doubled its capacity by expanding into the space next door in the warehouse-style building it occupies on West Pacific Avenue. Its wares are found in local stores, including the Nugget grocery chain, and on tap at downtown and midtown restaurants. Its production facility also contains a tasting room that’s become a neighborhood hangout. Mary Lynne Vellinga in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Tako Korean BBQ Considers Espanding to Roseville


Tako Korean BBQ, hot on the heels of the opening of their second location in Davis called Tako Cantina, may expand to Roseville, reports Stephanie Towne in Sactown Mag.

The menu here [at the Davis location] will be nearly identical to the Sacramento flagship, where diners select a base dish (like tacos, nachos, or rice bowls), which then serve as the foundation for meaty toppings including bulgogi, pulled pork, or marinated tofu, and flavorful condiments like green tomatillo or blueberry yogurt sauces. In the coming weeks and months, new items will be added like “bao” pork bun sandwiches, kimchi French fries, and Korean-style shaved ice with different toppings like mochi and sweet condensed milk.

And if all goes smoothly, those and other recipes might soon be available at future Tako locations across the region. “If [Tako Cantina] does well, we can try to do another at Roseville,” says co-founder Alex Won. “We want to see how far we can go.”

Read the entire post in Sactown Mag.

Tako's original location is at 3030 T Street.

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