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Punch Bowl Social and other Downtown Commons eateries ready to open their doors

12/13/17

Punch Bowl Social and other Downtown Commons eateries ready to open their doors

This Friday, Dec. 15, Punch Bowl Social will open its Sacramento location in the Downtown Commons (DoCo) plaza, as the newest addition the burgeoning downtown district. The first Northern California location of the Denver-based chain will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, occupying a two-story, 25,800-square-foot space above the soon-to-open Urban Outfitters store, across the plaza from Golden 1 Center. The chain boasts an "eatertainment" concept, and the River City locale, which can seat upwards of 500 and becomes a 21-and-older establishment after 10 p.m., will feature vintage arcade games (think pinball and Frogger), two four-lane bowling alleys, two bocce ball courts, two soundproof karaoke rooms, and two virtual reality gaming...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 8

12/08/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 8

Hungry? We've got a big list of food news from around the region, including a menu update at Dad's Kitchen, a farm-to-bottle whiskey release and the scoop on a spicy new pepper festival launching next year. Read on for the dish.  Dad's Kitchen When Dad's Kitchen on Freeport Boulevard rolls out its revamped menu on Dec. 11, the Land Park eatery will be saying goodbye to its meatloaf and reworking its chili (a three-bean tomato-based chili will replace previous versions) among other changes, but the biggest news is the addition of a burger featuring the vegan patty by Beyond Burger that mimics the texture and taste of a beef burger but is made with vegetables (mostly peas). The burger will come with lettuce, tomato, red onion, your cheese of choice and...

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A weekly pop-up will serve up fresh doughnuts in midtown starting this Friday

12/06/17

A weekly pop-up will serve up fresh doughnuts in midtown starting this Friday

Sweet tooths, set your alarms accordingly: The team behind the upcoming Milk Money doughnut shop will host a weekly pop-up on the outside deck of its sister restaurant LowBrau on Friday mornings starting Dec. 8, offering an ever-changing menu of specialty doughnut concoctions. The pop-ups will run from 9 a.m. until doughnuts run out, or 11 a.m. when LowBrau opens its doors, every Friday until Milk Money—the new doughnut and ice cream concept from Michael Hargis, Brock Macdonald and pastry chef Edward Martinez of the hotly anticipated Beast & Bounty—opens at midtown's Ice Blocks development early next year. Martinez, who cut his teeth at Sacramento restaurants like Granite Bay's Hawks and the erstwhile Enotria, and most recently San Francisco's...

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A holiday-themed pop-up bar comes to Sacramento this December

11/21/17

A holiday-themed pop-up bar comes to Sacramento this December

The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar will transform into a holiday haven this December, replete with festive decor and unconventional Christmas-themed cocktails, as part of the worldwide yuletide pop-up bar concept called Miracle. Matt Nurge, co-owner and bar manager at Red Rabbit, got the call from Miracle manager Joann Spiegel about six months ago, inviting Red Rabbit to join the roster of 50 bars around the globe that would take part in the Christmas-themed bar—which got its start at the New York cocktail bar Mace in 2014—this season. Other participants include New York's Boilermaker, Chicago's Orbit Room, San Diego's Polite Provisions and The Trap in Athens, Greece.  "I was so honored that she would even think of us," Nurge says,...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 14

11/14/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 14

This week we've got the lowdown on a downtown hot dog stand, an upcoming East Sacramento tap house, and a new chef on the midtown restaurant scene. Plus, New Helvetia brewery hosts an anniversary block party and Shoki Ramen House waxes nostalgic with its throwback menu.  The Golden Bear In October, this popular midtown bar and restaurant announced its new menu from executive chef Jay Peacock, who took over the kitchen in June. Peacock hails from Grants Pass, Oregon, but cut his teeth in San Francisco, earning the title of the sous chef at Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern in 2013. Peacock has also worked at Hook & Ladder as a lead line cook and contributed to the openings of Empress Tavern and the erstwhile Saddle Rock. At Golden...

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