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Dining News: RIP Triple Double

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Well, that was fast.

Triple Double, a sports bar which opened in early October with hopes to benefit from its location near the new Golden 1 Center, has closed, Cowtown Eats has confirmed.

The restaurant had just opened earlier this month.

On Wednesday morning, Cowtown Eats spoke to Joseph Waltz, one of Triple Double's owners whom I interviewed in April, who confirmed that the restaurant had closed. He declined to elaborate further, citing a need to talk to his lawyer.

This is the latest odd occurrence with the restaurant. Just before it opened, the Sac Biz Journal's Sonya Sorich reported that two out of the four known partners had left the venture.

As of earlier this week, Triple Double's Web Site had been taken down. By Oct. 16, posts on Yelp started reporting the restaurant had closed.

The Sac Biz Journal's Sonya Sorich was the first person I saw reporting that the restaurant may be closed.

This story continues to develop, and I'm working to confirm a couple more items. I'll write more if I hear more. If you worked at the restaurant or had any knowledge how/why the closing happened, please email me at darrel@cowtowneats.com.

Triple Double was located at 419 J Street.

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Dining News: Now Open Downtown - Triple Double Sports Bar

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Triple Double Sports Bar, which replaces the Zokku at 4th & J, opened earlier this week, reports Sactown Mag's Tori Masucci Cummins.

Nathan Hilderbrand—a native of New Orleans who has held stints in acclaimed restaurants there, including Commander's Palace and The Ruby Slipper Café —will serve as Triple Double’s executive chef, taking over for former co-owner Trevor Elliott who, along with his wife Kristina, has left the team...

The restaurant includes an oyster bar framed by pendant lights and colorful abstract murals by local artist James Goodchap that depict famous sports figures like Joe Montana, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali and Oscar Robertson (the basketball great holds the record for the most triple-doubles in NBA history).

Read the entire story in Sac Mag.

Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker has more on the menu:

Small plates, salads and sandwiches hover around $9; the most expensive entree—pulled pork-stuffed hush puppies with braised greens, slaw and cracklins—costs $22. Southern influences dot the menu: pork cheeks come braised over grits; fried brussel sprouts over Pimento cheese; Caprese salad with fried green tomatoes; and a shrimp po’boy with creole remoulade. Dessert options include deep fried Oreos stuffed with foie gras. The chef and ownership team have roots in New Orleans, but don’t expect to see any gumbo or crawfish etouffee—yet, anyway.

Read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

The new restaurant's facade is a more modest version of what the owners said they would have when I talked to them in April. Back then, they said the street-facing side would have CPI Paneling, which will allow Triple Double to display messages on via a LED grid, and the interior ambiance will be "a little industrial with a southern influence.

That original vision is still visible on the Web site TripleDoubleSacramento.com.

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When I drove by the restaurant this week, it looked like the exterior had been painted, but no extensive renovation had been done.

Still, the outside appearance of a restaurant is way down on the list of things that will make or break this restaurant. The owners seemed like very nice people, and I hope they succeed.

Triple Double is located at 419 J Street, and can be found online at http://tripledoublesacramento.com/.

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Dining News: Triple Double Is Replacing Zokku Lounge. Here are 10 Things You Need to Know.

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Zokku Lounge, formerly located at 4th & J, is being replaced by Triple Double. Here are 10 things you need to know about the place, per an interview with one of the owners in late March.

1. Two of the partners are Joseph and Emma Waltz. Joseph is a restaurant veteran who has worked in restaurants since he was 15 in North Carolina, New Orleans, Atlanta, Virgina, etc. Emma is a bartender by trade and will lead the bar program.

2. Another partner is Trevlor Elliot, who graduated from the Cullinary Institute of America. He is also a huge basketball fan and helped name the restaurant.

3. The cuisine will be "elevated bar food." Their price point is $25 for two beers and an entree.

4. The Waltzes are transplants who bought a house in the Foothills, and fell in love with the area. They also considered opening a restaurant in Portland, but decided that Sacramento was a growing space that they wanted to be involved in.

5. Zokku used to have a sushi bar. They plan to turn it into an oyster bar.

6. Nate Hilderbrand, a New Orleans Chef, will help develop the menu.

7. Expected Opening Date: July 1, due to the length of time it will take to get their liquor license.

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8. Their facade will feature CPI Paneling, which will allow Triple Double to display messages on via a LED grid, and the interior ambiance will be "a little industrial with a southern influence."

9. They'll have a second floor space that can accomodate political fundraisers or other private events.

10. Expect to see some menu items inspired by cajun seafood boil, or Low Country Boil as its known in North Carolina.

Both Emma and Joseph were very nice people who I happened to run into when checking out the restaurant. I hope they're very successful.

H/T Sactown Mag, who first reported on the new restaurant.

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