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The underground Honey & the Trapcat to open in Old Sacramento

08/22/19

The underground Honey & the Trapcat to open in Old Sacramento

Honey & the Trapcat, a new dual-concept restaurant and bar, is slated to open at the end of September in a 6,000-square-foot, basement-level spot in the Old Sacramento Waterfront that formerly housed German beer hall Knobs and Knockers. "We're just trying to brighten up the space a little bit, but still keep that underground feel to it,” says owner Brian Matthews, who also serves as the beverage director at Solomon’s Delicatessen, Tiger and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar. The establishment will take on a two-in-one approach that includes a country kitchen with a seasonally changing menu and a bar that serves that menu, but also serves casual fair-style fare like turkey legs and corn dogs. With a warm, painted brick interior that opens onto an...

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New details on downtown’s planned mini-golf pub with an upscale speakeasy

08/15/19

New details on downtown’s planned mini-golf pub with an upscale speakeasy

Flatstick Pub, a new 12,000-square-foot indoor miniature golf course and tavern with an emphasis on local craft beer, plans to open its doors this October at Downtown Commons along with an upstairs speakeasy called Trophy Club. The concept—in which the 21-and-over patrons (sorry, no kids allowed) can drink while they play (with handy cup holders at every hole)—launched in 2014 in Seattle, where it has three locations. The name (flatstick is slang for a putter) has been licensed to Sacramentans and husband-and-wife team Jenny and Brandon Robinson, who visited one of the locations on a business trip and were hooked. “We were looking for something a little more fun and active than a normal bar,” says Jenny, the CEO of a...

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Craving of the Week: Identity Coffees' Caramel Mocha Frostee

08/08/19

Craving of the Week: Identity Coffees' Caramel Mocha Frostee

Whether you want to cool down after a summer bike ride or just want a sweet pick-me-up, the caramel mocha frostee from Identity Coffees may be your new go-to grown-up treat. (It's certainly ours.) The icy concoction was rolled out at the roaster's West Sacramento outpost, Westside Cafe, earlier this summer, but is now also available at its flagship midtown location near 28th and O streets.  As with any blended coffee drink, your first question will be, "Where to start?" You can push your straw down to the bottom, where caramel and house-made chocolate syrup pool, a rich blend that balances out the raw sweetness of the scratch-made simple syrup. Or you can take it from the top and begin your java adventure with the house whipped cream drizzled...

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A new Neapolitan pizzeria set to open its doors downtown

08/02/19

A new Neapolitan pizzeria set to open its doors downtown

A new Neapolitan pizzeria, Midici, is set for a soft opening on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The restaurant, part of an L.A.-based chain, is the latest in a string of new food options on the revitalized 700 Block of K Street near the Golden 1 Center. The pizza spot was preceded by the recent opening of Solomon's Delicatessen next door, and will soon be followed by KoJa Kitchen, ramen bar Kodaiko (from chef Billy Ngo of Kru) and ice creamery Devil May Care.  “My wife-to-be, she’s actually from Sacramento, and she really turned us on to the city,” says Cheng Wang, a New York native who moved here in 2014 and owns the restaurant with his brother Danny. While the two were co-owners of a New York City boba tea...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for July 31

07/31/19

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for July 31

Set to open in Mansion Flats on Aug. 2, Goodside Coffee will feature a rotating selection from roasters from across the country each season with its “Roaster in Residence” program. First up will be Santa Cruz-based Cat & Cloud Coffee, whose “The Answer” blend with notes of caramel, berries and chocolate will be spotlighted. "Sometimes you can walk into a coffee shop and they can seem a little pretentious, or people might feel like employees might judge them for not knowing what they want," says owner Chuck Chance, who formerly ran Mighty Coffee Truck. "We want to make it friendly, and make everyone feel welcome." 1430 H St. Visit Goodside Coffee on Facebook for updates. Two years after launching Morgan’s Mill in...

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