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Dining News: Wrap N' Roll Elk Grove 'Closed Until Further Notice'

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Just weeks after closing its midtown location to fine tune its concept, Wrap N' Roll Sushi Burrito was forced to close its Elk Grove location after a black Mercedes-Benz with a surprisingly courteous driver crashed through its doors on Thursday afternoon. The Sac Bee has more:

Police said they received a report of shots fired in the area, and the vehicle’s occupants fled the area following the crash.

The vehicle ended up inside the Wrap ’N Roll Sushi Burrito restaurant, but no one was injured. The only customer in the restaurant was at the counter, not in the dining area affected by the crash.

After crashing into the restaurant, three passengers exited the vehicle. The driver apologized to the cashier and all three of them quickly departed before police arrived. Police also say they found one bullet hole in the vehicle.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee and watch a great video of a tow truck pulling the car out of the building.

Wrap N' Roll Sushi Burrito released this update on their Facebook page on Thursday evening:

After an unfortunate incident took place this afternoon, wrap n roll Elk Grove will be closed until further notice. We're just grateful that everyone made it out okay.

In the meanwhile, for those seeking sushi burrito fixes please visit any of our other two locations Make Fish Poke & Sushi Burrito -9015 bruceville road #100 or our midtown location- 1801 L street #70 to be reopened this Saturday post renovations. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!

I'm glad nobody was hurt and hope the business recovers quickly.

Photo via the Wrap N' Roll Sushi Burrito Facebook Page.

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Dining News: RIP Wrap N' Roll Sushi Burrito in Midtown

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Wrap N' Roll Sushi Burrito closed on Sunday, January 17 and will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 30 as Make Fish Poke & Sushi Burrito, according to a sign on the door sent by a Cowtown Eats tipster.

Wrap N' Roll Sushi Burrito shares ownership interests with Make Fish Poke & Sushi Burrito, which opened in Elk Grove in October.

According to their Facebook page, you can have poke as a burrito, bowl, nachos or salad. They also sell snacks from $2 for spam musubi to pork belly asada fries for more than $8.

Just three days ago, Eater.com ran an article asking if poke might be the next fast casual trend. Given the fact that a restaurant changed from the quasi-trendy sushi burrity to the very trendy poke, the answer is probably yes.

I ate at the old Wrap N' Roll several times and always enjoyed myself, but found it to be too much food at times. I look forward to giving their new poke forward restaurant a try.

When it opens on Saturday, Make Fisk Poke & Sushi Burrito will be located at 1801 L Street and can be found online at http://www.makefish.com/.

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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: More on Malt & Mash at 7th & K

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The collaboration of of Bob Simpson and Trevor Shults have revealed more details of their planned three restaurant complex at 7th & K to Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

El Rey, the taco restaurant, fills part of a space. It's expected to open in November, serving tacos filled with braised and slow-cooked meats in addition to other menu items such as ceviche and margaritas. Shults called it a "high-energy restaurant" that will have multiple TV screens. El Rey will bring new life to a space that's been vacant for about two years...

Malt & Mash, the Irish pub, will fill a former Starbucks space that's been empty for three years. It will offer Guinness on draft, Irish coffee and a food menu with about eight items. It's expected to open in mid-November or early December.

Guests will be able to walk between El Rey and the unnamed venue without going outside. Malt & Mash, the only 21-and-older venue of the three, will require separate access.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Cafe Bernardo/KBAR/Assembly at 10th & K Closed Due to 'Insect/Rodent Infestation'

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KBar and Cafe Bernardo at the corner at 10th & K Streets were closed on Tuesday evening, according to a Cowtown Eats tipster.

Per to the sign posted on the door and e-mailed to Cowtown Eats, the restaurant was closed on Tuesday, 7/21 due to a "insect/rodent infestation."

Multiple calls to KBAR on Tuesday evening were not answered, and KBAR made no mention of it on its Facebook or Twitter accounts. Online county records have yet to be updated to include Tuesday's report, though it generally takes a day or two for the report to be put online.

Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence and good or great Sacramento restaurants sometimes fall victim to closures by the county health department. In recent memory, Sapporo Grill and Daniel Pont's La Bonne Soupe Cafe were both closed by health officials. Mulvaney's B&L was also the nexus of a norovirus outbreak.

I did an interview in July 2012 with a representative of the health department, where I learned the following:

When the county comes out to inspect a restaurant, they can give a green, yellow or red placard. A green card means the level of compliance was "acceptable." A yellow placard means that violations were observed that required immediate correction and a follow-up inspection that will be conducted within 24 to 72 hours. A red placard is given for two reasons. The first is that there is an imminent danger to public health or safety. Examples of this would be cockroaches, rats, a lack of hot water or sewage issues. The second reason a red placard is given is as a punishment for multiple and repeated lessor violations, generally meaning four or more yellow or red placards in the last 24 months.

According to county records, the Cafe Bernardo/KBAR/Assembly complex passed its three most recent inspections in October 2014, December 2014 and March 2015.

Generally, restaurants clean up their act and are reopened within a day or two. I would expect the same from KBAR. I know some people find these temporary closures unsettling, once they're reopened, I don't think there's much to worry about. I ate at KBAR last week and I plan to go again soon.

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Dining News: Now Open - Yolo Brewing co.

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Yolo Brewing Company opened to the public for the first time on Thursday, they announced on Facebook.

The next project by Mike Costello of the now-defunct Brew It Up, the new West Sacramento-based brewery provides both "small batch craft beer" and personal brewing space.

For now, the brewery is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

Initially, the beer line-up is IPA, Brown, Scotch, Pilsner, Hefe Weizen, Pale Ale.

With the opening of Yolo Brewing Company, there really is the start of a West Sac Brewing Trail, with Bike Dog Brewery and Jackrabbit Brewing Company within walking or biking distance.

Yolo Brewing Company is located at 1520 Terminal Street in West Sac, and can be found online at http://yolobrew.com/.

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Rise of the Sushirito - I can’t imagine throwing a Wrap N’ Roll Sushirrito into my regular dining routine like I would pizza or actual sushi, but I can see myself indulging maybe once every two months or so. If anything, I admire someone bringing a refreshing new concept to Midtown, and getting people so excited and curious about it. Alia Cruz in Submerge Mag.

Artisanal toast still does not exist - Cafe Bernardo introduced the concept in April, offering thick slices of Paragary Bakery bread with nutella and banana ($4), fromage blanc, banana, strawberry and honey ($5) and avocado, ham, fried egg and chili oil ($6). I ordered the fromage blanc—because I love fromage blanc—hoping against my better judgment that it wouldn’t be a heavy, sticky mess. The cheese brought a nice tang but there was too much honey, and really, too much stuff. It’s no longer toast if you can’t eat it easily with your hands. And the bread was lukewarm, still pale in color—an open-faced sandwich at best. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Why West Sac's The Eatery Closed

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The Eatery, a West Sac mainstay for the last three years, closed for the last time on Sunday, it announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

I corresponded with Jess Milbourn, the chef and owner of The Eatery, over Twitter on Wednesday. Here's our conversation, slightly edited for clarity. (Please remember, since this was done over Twitter, all the individual lines are 140 characters or less.)

Q: What lessons you learned or what you might do differently next time?

A: Lesson learned: landlords and the Board of Equalization [who collect sales tax] have no legal obligation to help.

Research your management company & landlord before signing lease, ours were terrible. Look at the empty spaces in Southport Town Center

Over capitalization is the only way to be a successful restaurant. There will ALWAYS be a rainy day.

What I would do differently: pay government agencies at all costs. Once you enter into a pmt plan they have every right to swiftly levy every account.

Even if you call and beg for an adjustment and provide financials because you can't afford it.

The worst part about all of this is that it is our fault. We tried to make it right but got no cooperation from the BofE or our landlord. And again they had no obligation to but it makes no sense now that our landlord gets no money and the BofE will take longer. As for all of the food, service & restaurant issues we would have changed a ton. Always trying to improve.

Q: Did all your employees get paid? Or will they?

A: The board of Eq is reviewing our payroll and deciding whether or not to release funds for our payroll. We had our final payroll set and in an acct that the board of Eq knew was for payroll and it was levied.

So in an answer, we don't know if they will be paid. I hope the BofE will release our employees payroll. We tried to be responsible but the taxman wanted theirs.

And please put that in anything you write. I screwed over a lot of vendors (and it makes me sick) by being forced to close, I made every effort to pay my employees and had their money taken from an acct that the collector knew was for payroll.

Several hours later, Milbourn gave an update on whether the Board of Equalization had released money so he could pay his employees:

A: Just wanted to provide you an update on our final payroll situation. We had set aside all of our final payroll in an account that the BofE knew was a payroll acct. Last week they levied it and returned it due to the fact it was payroll. On Tuesday they levied it again and we had been trying to get it back to pay the last checks. We submitted all of the checks that we had to give to our employees to the BofE and let them know it was exactly the same amt. We begged them to refund it so our employees wouldn't be screwed over.

I just found out that they will not be releasing any funds to cover the checks. So we are going to try to get some local government to help. Make phone calls, etc. If you'd like to speak to the collector his name is Zach [Last name and phone number redacted].

Q: Is he the FTB contact?

A: Board of Equalization. We were treated unfairly the entire collection process and now they are hitting our employees. It's funny you ask about FTB, we ran into trouble with them at the same time. They were cooperative and are now paid off, EDD as well.

Anytime a restaurant closes, it's sad, but I find the closing of The Eatery distressing. Certainly, the ownership group made mistakes and they own those. But I truly feel bad for the staff and the vendors who didn't get paid for goods and services rendered.

My West Sac friends have always loved the place, and I'm sad that they've lost their neighborhood spot. I hope the owners and staff land on their feet soon so we can again enjoy their food and hospitality.

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