All aboard the booze bikes

Illustration by Mark Stivers

BYOB bikes: Starting July 1, you’ll actually be able to get drunk on those roving party bikes—you know, the ones with all the WOOO!-ing people.

Let me clarify: Right now, businesses like the Sac Brew Bike and Off the Chain Bike Bus Tours link up with local bars to fuel their riders with suds. But in July, patrons will actually be able to drink while riding the enormous bikes, not just after parking and unloading.

The change came last week after Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to allow beer and wine on these pedicabs. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sen. Richard Pan’s bill, Senate Bill 530, which allow cities to make the final call on the matter. Under the Sacramento city ordinance, passengers will need to bring their own beverages, as the bike companies can’t sell drinks onboard.

Time to go to Carmichael: At last, something inside Carmichael’s Oxbow Public Market-style food hall, the Milagro Center, is open: River City Brewing Co. (6241 Fair Oaks Boulevard). The brewery’s former Downtown Plaza location looked a bit dark and dated, which is understandable considering the business first opened in 1993. It closed in the summer of 2015, and the new version is considerably smaller but feels brighter and more contemporary.

What’s the food situation? There’s lots, with a farm-to-fork ethos: appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and several meaty mains. The brewery, however, isn’t fully operating yet.

Italian destination: The hotly anticipated OBO’ Italian Table & Bar (3145 Folsom Boulevard) is scheduled to open Thursday, June 16. Also, can we just reflect on that “Table & Bar” name for a minute? Thanks.

OBO’ comes from the Selland family of restaurants, which also includes the Kitchen, Ella Dining Room & Bar and Selland’s Market-Cafe. We don’t have much in the way of details right now, but at the very least, OBO’ promises seasonal, casual Italian dining with a large patio.

Brunch off wheels: It was popular while it lasted, but now the Brunch Boys food truck is no more. The mobile, all-brunch-all-the-time eatery closed suddenly last week. Chef-owner Charlie Cardona told SN&R he recently got the opportunity to travel the world for an extended period of time, and he’s taking it.