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Chando’s Tacos to open new downtown cantina

12/19/16

Chando’s Tacos to open new downtown cantina

Update: The highly anticipated Chandos Cantina celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. The restaurant held its soft opening and ribbon cutting Saturday, Jan. 14 and after taking a few days to continue staff training, has officially opened its doors, according to Chando’s marketing director Arturo Padilla. The cantina’s hours will be Sun.-Weds. from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. from 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Think of this as an early Christmas present from Sacramento’s reigning taqueria empire. Chando’s Tacos owner Lisandro “Chando” Madrigal says he plans to unveil his new downtown spot—coined Chando’s Cantina—the week following Christmas, after ticking off the remaining boxes of his grand opening checklist and pending final inspections....

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 15

12/15/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 15

This week in dining news: a new steakhouse opens in Sloughhouse, a colorful candy store launches in Old Sacramento, and a crepe shop swings open its doors in Folsom. Plus, Ruhstaller has brewed a new bottle shop, and a popular bookstore chain pegs Sacramento for its third restaurant concept store. Barnes & Noble Kitchen Bookworms can now settle in with a good book—and a glass of wine or beer—at this new concept store, which opened at the Palladio in Folsom Dec. 13. The location is one of the first three Barnes & Noble has opened across the country (the others are in Eastchester, NY and Edina, MN) and it features a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu featuring locally sourced produce inside a warm interior by New York-based design firm AvroKO. Barnes &...

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New tavern to open at former Cask & Barrel spot in North Sacramento

12/14/16

New tavern to open at former Cask & Barrel spot in North Sacramento

Update: Woodlake Tavern will host its grand opening Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 4-9 p.m. Following that evening, the restaurant's regular hours will be Tues.-Thurs. from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10 p.m., and Saturday from 5-10 p.m., with happy hour available from 4-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri. ******** Deneb Williams, who has served as executive chef of The Firehouse for the past 10 years, and his wife Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou, who has worked at Ella as a sommelier for the past six, will open three restaurants before the end of next year, with the first, Woodlake Tavern, slated for an early January opening in North Sacramento. Under the business moniker WM Restaurants, Williams and Mandalou have taken over the restaurant and event space on Del Paso Boulevard that formerly housed Enotria,...

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Hook & Ladder kicks off 12 Days of Hot Toddies

12/13/16

Hook & Ladder kicks off 12 Days of Hot Toddies

Sacramento, it’s cold outside. Happily, those crafty mixologists over at Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. are bringing back their annual "12 Days of Hot Toddies," starting today. Each day through Sat., Dec. 24, shivering patrons can melt the cold away with a different spin on the classic boozy beverage. Hook & Ladder’s beverage director Chris Tucker started this yummy yuletide tradition back in 2008 when he was working at midtown’s erstwhile L Wine Lounge, and brought it over to Hook & Ladder when it opened in fall 2012. Tucker wanted to not only get his bartenders to amp up their creativity with warm libations, but he also set out to change people’s mindsets about wintertime drinks. “Everyone thinks about...

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New sports bar to open across from Golden 1 Center

12/13/16

New sports bar to open across from Golden 1 Center

Jan. 25 Update: Pregame Burgers and Beer will soft open Jan. 27-29 two hours before each PBR (Professional Bull Riders) event at Golden 1 Center, with drink specials and a limited menu. The sports bar’s grand opening is slated for Feb. 3 and its hours will be 11 a.m.-2 a.m. each day. ******** If you’re craving burgers, beer and basketball, a new sports bar at 405 J Street will soon be open for lunch, dinner and late-night to fulfill that hankering. Felipe Olvera—who also runs Alley Katz in midtown and Citrus Heights—is slated to open Pregame Burgers and Beer in January, with Kings memorabilia splashed on the walls and plenty of flat-screen TVs broadcasting nightly games. Located on the second level of a historic three-story pagoda building in...

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