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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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Liquidology and Vibe Health Bar join forces to open new shops throughout the region

12/02/16

Liquidology and Vibe Health Bar join forces to open new shops throughout the region

Sacramentans will soon have tasty new ways to eat their vegetables (and fruit), with Oak Park’s Vibe Health Bar and East Sacramento’s Liquidology rebranding and joining forces to launch health cafes throughout the region. Brandon Brodzky, who owns Vibe Health Bar with UFC fighter Urijah Faber, has partnered with local developer John Saca and Liquidology owners Jules Braun and Jeff Greco to create a new company that plans to open five new locations of Vibe Health Bar in and around Sacramento within the next couple years. While the specific sites have not been determined yet, Brodzky says they’ll begin rolling out the new spots steadily and that the first could open as soon as early 2017. Meanwhile, the existing Vibe and Liquidology shops will provide a...

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Grange Restaurant & Bar reopens with fresh new design details and updated menus

11/30/16

Grange Restaurant & Bar reopens with fresh new design details and updated menus

As downtown Sacramento’s landscape changes, its restaurants are also evolving. On the ground floor of the Citizen Hotel, Grange Restaurant & Bar—which opened in 2009 and has since become a local favorite for farm-to-fork fare and craft cocktails—closed its doors for full renovations on Nov. 14, and will relaunch Dec. 1 with a revitalized dining room, expanded bar and lounge area, additional second-level dining, and a new semiprivate chef’s table space. Executive chef Oliver Ridgeway says that in keeping with his restaurant's HGTV-like transformation, he has also revamped the lunch and dinner menus, and expanded the bar menu and beer selection. New offerings include a pumpkin shrub toddy with fall spices and whipped cream, and bites like fried cheese...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 16

11/16/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 16

Heads up, foodies: We've got the scoop on two new food trucks hitting the streets of Sacramento, along with a midtown Mediterranean restaurant's revamp and a new brewery opening near Cal Expo. Plus, a new meal delivery service has relaunched with offerings from almost 50 local restaurants. Dig in! FoodJets The locally based food delivery company FoodJets re-launched Nov. 1 after stopping deliveries in June following a five-month initial run. According to FoodJets owner Darren McAdams, the company—which previously boasted 10-minute deliveries of eight select pre-made items at peak dining hours—is now offering curbside deliveries in less than 30 minutes throughout the day, and features menu items from nearly 50 area restaurants including Cilantro’s, The...

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