The comeback kids: More than a decade ago, the beloved and roughly 70-year-old Joe Marty’s Bar & Grille (1500 Broadway) burned down and stayed down. Now, new owners have brought it back to life. The revamped Joe Marty’s maintains that dedication to historic baseball memorabilia, but it’s updated with HD flat-screen televisions and a less divey atmosphere. Food? Basic pub fare, such as sweet potato tots ($4.95), a linguica hot dog ($10.50) and pulled pork street tacos ($2.25).
Also, Blackbird Kitchen + Beer Gallery (1015 9th Street) is finally back open after water damage closed the restaurant in May. The space’s new pièce de résistance is one long, continuous bar crafted from a fallen redwood tree. Currently, it’s just open for happy hour and dinner Wednesday through Saturday with live DJs every night.
Menu returns: The wildly popular Broderick Roadhouse (319 Sixth Street in West Sacramento) got its start as a wildly popular food truck slinging Primanti Brothers-style sandwiches. But Broderick has since done away with its original hits, the enormous sammies stuffed with fries, slaw and meat. Last week it brought back its Pastrami ’Wich, so you can finally feel full again.
Magpie Cafe (1601 16th Street) also brought back a menu item, sort of. Remember SN&R’s burger issue? And how we adored Magpie’s first-ever burger? And how as soon as the story ran, Magpie removed its burger? Well, I don’t want to curse the new $12, more petite “diner burger,” but, well, just don’t all go flocking there at once, OK?
Umbrella drinks: Rum Rok (805 15th Street) officially opened last week with the slogan “tiki with ’tude.” Tiki bars have taken off recently all over the country; I expect at least a couple more in Sacramento soon. Start getting used to various combos of rum, pineapple juice and coconut by glancing at the Rum Rok menu, which boasts both classics and originals. Here’s a sampling of the latter: the Smoke Signal with mezcal, lemon, pineapple and ginger beer; Muddy Water with black rum, coconut, lime, Averna and Angostura bitters; and Cast Away with aged white rum, black rum, Fernet, falernum and lemon. Most drinks cost $7-$10.
Ice, ice, baby: Perhaps Vampire Penguin’s rapid expansion across Northern California happened a bit too quickly after all. The local shaved snow minichain has closed its Davis location, which opened at the start of the year.