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A popular South Korean rice burger chain takes over Golden Bear's kitchen for one night

04/13/17

A popular South Korean rice burger chain takes over Golden Bear's kitchen for one night

Kimchi, bulgogi and rice, oh my! A popular South Korean burger chain is about to see if the Sacramento dining scene is ready for its authentic street fare with a pop-up kitchen takeover on April 19. BonGousse, owned by the Oh family and led by CEO Serin Oh, has over 1,000 locations in South Korea, as well as outposts in China and Thailand, selling its signature sandwiches made with rice patty buns and a variety of Korean-spiced meat-based fillings. The company is set to take over The Golden Bear’s kitchen in midtown on April 19, offering a handful of rice burger variations beginning at 9:30 p.m. that evening. The response to the pop-up could determine whether BonGousse will open a brick-and-mortar shop in Sacramento, which would be its first restaurant in the U.S. The...

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The Flamingo House bar to land in midtown this summer

04/11/17

The Flamingo House bar to land in midtown this summer

Midtowners will be tickled pink this summer with the arrival of a brand-new bar and social club, The Flamingo House. Located next to the restaurant Skool on 23rd and K streets, the bar will serve up small bites paired with creative craft cocktails inside a two-story 1910 house previously occupied by the vegan restaurant Garden to Grill, which closed in December. Before that, the space was home to the Plum Cafe & Bakery and, stretching back further, the True Love Coffeehouse. The Flamingo House is the brainchild of a trio of co-owners—Bobby Falcon, Matt Byrd and Christian Tolen—who met while working at The Park Ultra Lounge in downtown Sacramento and whose collective credits include local hotspots like Mix Downtown, Dive Bar and The Zebra Club. “We are...

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Nine decadent Easter brunches in the Sacramento region

04/11/17

Nine decadent Easter brunches in the Sacramento region

It’s not too late to make Easter brunch reservations at some of the region’s best restaurants if you hop to it. Here are nine tantalizing options for the holiday Sunday. de Vere’s Irish Pub At this pub’s downtown Sacramento and Davis locations this Sunday, you’ll find a bevy of brunch offerings like the smoked salmon Benedict with a poached egg atop house-made sourdough, or banana bread French toast made with Amaretto custard and topped with candied pecans and maple whipped cream. There’s plenty of Irish coffee, too, if you fancy a goblet. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 1521 L St. 231-9947. 217 E St. Davis. 530-204-5533. deverespub.com Ettore's European Bakery & Restaurant This Swiss patisserie in Arden-Arcade will be dishing out brunch favorites...

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First purveyor announced for planned food hall, The Bank

04/10/17

First purveyor announced for planned food hall, The Bank

Shrimp and grits, anyone? The Bank, downtown’s buzzy new food hall located inside the elegant 1912 D.O. Mills bank building at 6th and J streets, has secured its first tenant—Mama Kim Eats. The Southern-style restaurant based in North Sacramento will be one of 12 purveyors occupying a kitchen space inside The Bank’s ground-floor culinary concourse, which once served as the historic building’s lobby. Mama Kim Eats' menu will feature its popular line-up of beautifully plated Southern- and seafood-inspired apps and entrées made with local ingredients, including fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and a cheese and charcuterie plate with roasted garlic olives and a fruit compote. For dessert, there will likely be butterscotch pudding with...

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Burly Beverages will be poppin’ bottles this May at its new craft soda shop

04/06/17

Burly Beverages will be poppin’ bottles this May at its new craft soda shop

Fizz fanatics will soon be able to tap Burly Beverages’ artisanal sodas and shrubs directly from the source, as founder Gabriel Aiello prepares to open a new shop for his popular local drink line in North Sacramento this May. Aiello launched Burly Beverages at the end of 2015, producing his natural beverage syrups from the kitchen of midtown’s Preservation and Co., then moved his operations to Del Paso Boulevard in November of last year. At the new locale across the street from Uptown Ballroom he has the space and opportunity to expand. And while his products can currently be purchased online and at local boutiques like Display: California and Boar Haus (they are also available at restaurants like Localis and Block Butcher Bar), Aiello says he wanted to open a shop that...

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