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Selland’s on Broadway to open as early as March

01/03/17

Selland’s on Broadway to open as early as March

If you work or live near downtown Sacramento and find yourself craving a cupcake from Selland’s bakery, your treat will soon be just a quick walk, drive or bike ride away. About a year after announcing he would be opening a Selland’s Market-Cafe along the Broadway corridor, local restaurateur Randall Selland says he is shooting for a March 2017 opening for this latest venture. Selland’s on Broadway will become the company’s third cafe; its flagship spot in East Sacramento opened in 2001 and its El Dorado Hills outpost launched in 2012. “The best thing about the new location is that it’s like a bulls-eye for the region,” says Josh Nelson, CFO of Selland Family Restaurants. At 9th and Broadway across from Old City Cemetery and just blocks...

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Mother’s popular chef’s tasting menu makes a comeback

12/30/16

Mother’s popular chef’s tasting menu makes a comeback

Sacramento foodies can end 2016 on a high note, as Dec. 31 marks the return of a much-loved local dining phenomenon, the chef’s tasting menu at Mother. The popular vegetarian restaurant on K Street, owned by chef Michael Thiemann (formerly of Ella), his wife Lisa and Ryan Donahue, introduced its original $45 prix fixe “Chef's 10” menu shortly after opening in January 2014. The service for two was then composed of 10 highly inventive dishes that arrived to the table at once. At the time, Donahue says, “Mother started as an incubator for Empress,” the team's sister restaurant a few doors down in the same Crest Theatre complex, so the kitchen was full of talent itching to experiment. With Empress opening in 2015, the team decided to shelve...

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Everything you need to know about West Sacramento’s growing dining scene

12/22/16

Everything you need to know about West Sacramento’s growing dining scene

As West Sacramento’s downtown-adjacent neighborhoods continue to come into their own, a dining scene is emerging that has its own distinct character: classic fare served up in humble surroundings. At heart it’s a beer, burger and taco town, which is a beautiful thing for locals. It’s no big deal to take an Uber to midtown if you fancy roasted beets and chevre—but a glorious burger is what you want to have just around the corner from home. The last few months have seen a flurry of business openings spoiling West Sacramentans for choice in that department, including a neighborhood ice cream parlor, a jazz bar and a taqueria with a cult following. There’s even a new taproom joining the already-formidable craft brewery scene. Read on to see what's...

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Pushkin’s Bakery owners open new restaurant in midtown

12/20/16

Pushkin’s Bakery owners open new restaurant in midtown

Danny and Olga Turner, the husband-and-wife team that owns and operates midtown’s Pushkin’s Bakery, are set to open their new Pushkin’s location as a full-fledged restaurant at 1813 Capitol Avenue on Dec. 27. While the new location was originally intended for an expansion of their bakery, which has found a niche market since it opened in 2013 by offering an array of gluten-free goodies, Danny Turner says he and Olga realized they wanted to explore more recipes. The restaurant—which will open its doors Tues.-Sun. from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., but will eventually expand its hours—will stay true to its gluten-free roots, serving menu items geared toward the wheat-free dietary restriction. The kitchen, which Olga will helm while Danny runs the front of house, will...

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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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