Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for March 25

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This week in dining news: A new Irish pub is set to open in Woodland, Mother launches a new dinner program, a new coffee roaster opens in Elk Grove, and Willie's Burgers expands to Old Sacramento.

Father Paddy’s Local Irish Public House

Occupying a historic 1903 bank building on Woodland’s Main Street, this Irish pub is expected to open by the end of April. The establishment, called Father Paddy's after owner Pat Redmond's nickname, will be open daily for lunch and dinner and will offer Irish- and English-style comfort foods from chef Jason Severson, like shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, a grilled cheese with Gruyere and bacon jam, and a rotating soup selection. Behind the hand-ground C-shaped copper bar, 16 taps will pour a range of suds from both local craft brewers and Irish imports like Guinness. Other features will include marble floors, dark wood walls, a vault (in which Redmond plans to store whiskeys) and three dart lanes. 435 Main Street. Woodland. 530-668-1044. fatherpaddyspub.com


K Street's popular vegetarian restaurant Mother is replacing its traditional dinner menu with new themed dinners that change monthly. The new dinner program started in March with a Mexican-inspired menu that includes dishes like blue corn quesadilla with hibiscus flowers and mole, an enchilada pie, and a Mission-style super burrito. Although Mother’s staples, like its chile verde and carrot nut burger are still available on the lunch menu, co-owner Ryan Donahue says the new evening program arose from the restaurant's original vision to feature changing menu concepts. “We think it's time to be more dynamic,” he says. The restaurant will be outfitted with décor and play music related to each month’s dinner theme, and although the team is tight-lipped about other forthcoming themes, April's menu will feature Japanese and Korean dishes. 1023 K St. 594-9812. mothersacramento.com

Rescate Coffee

This new cafe opened Jan. 14 in Elk Grove in the space that formerly housed Grace Coffee Roasters. Rescate—the effort of co-owners Ladd Casillas, a coffee industry vet, and Anthony Casillas, whose baking background contributes to the shop’s pastries—roasts coffee beans on-site, firing coffee from South American, African and Indonesian countries multiple times each week. Signature drinks include the popular spicy Mexican mocha, the Tuxedo (a white and dark chocolate mocha) and a snickerdoodle latte, and the food items range from homemade pastries to breakfast burritos with vegetables, chorizo or bacon, plus Anthony’s made-from-scratch cupcakes in flavors like pineapple, strawberry, German chocolate and, yes, bacon and maple pancake. The space is currently undergoing remodeling with details like a wall composed of recycled pallet boards to create a cozy feel. “Rescate means 'rescue' in Spanish,” Ladd says. “The goal is to rescue our customers—morning, day and night.” 2475 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove. 897-8459. rescatecoffee.com

Willie’s Burgers

This local, family-owned burger chain will open a new outpost in Old Sacramento in early April, making it Willie's third location following a Carmichael establishment and the Land Park flagship. The menu will feature classics like hamburgers with chili cheese fries, a tap list of approximately 25 local beers, and specialty items like beignets and pommes frites (battered French fries served in a paper cone with a choice of dipping sauces like mango chutney and peppercorn mayo). According to Greg Taylor, whose father William Taylor launched Willie's, will own and manage the new location with his wife Rachel Glabe Taylor. The restaurant will blend Old Sacramento charm (think exposed columns and rough wood) with modern elements like metal details—both Greg and Rachel are architects by trade—and eventually include a back patio similar to that of The Firehouse. 110 K St. facebook.com/williesburgers

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