Frozen fun

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Devil may want ice cream: More than two years after his popular restaurant the Eatery closed, Jess Milbourn is ready to resurface with a new effort in West Sacramento.

Instead of slinging gourmet burgers, Milbourn will scoop ice cream and other frozen treats at Devil May Care, which he aims to open in late August. It’ll be a tiny place—patio seating only—somewhere in the Broderick neighborhood. Milbourn will announce the precise location any day now; keep an eye on Devil May Care’s Twitter at @dmcicecream.

Sacramento’s ice cream scene certainly has room for more competition, but the situation is especially dire in West Sacramento. Devil May Care will be the city’s only scoop shop that makes its own desserts.

The main attraction will be frozen custard, along with gelato, soft serve and ice pops. Scoops will probably cost around $3-$3.50.

Devil May Care will also offer vegan ice cream—not just for the sake of being vegan, Milbourn said, but because coconut milk or cashew milk have entirely unique, delicious qualities. As for flavors?

“The goal is not to stop with the latest trendy flavor combination,” he said. “Sichuan peppercorn? Hey, if it works.”

Boil this: After more than a year of sitting idly, the Assembly Music Hall space will finally transform into something else—but it won’t be a live entertainment venue.

Instead, it will become one in a small chain of restaurants, the Boiling Crab. The casual eatery specializes in Cajun seafood, and it aims to open 1000 K Street, Suite 100, in early November. There’s already one Boiling Crab in south Sacramento, in addition to a handful of locations elsewhere in California as well as Texas and Nevada.

The concept is pretty simple: choose your seafood, such as crab legs, crawfish or shrimp; pick a seasoning blend; and decide how much spice you can handle. The result gets steamed or boiled in a bag—“to preserve the flavors,” according to the menu.

More grill time: In Japan, izakayas are bastions of boozing and late-night snacking. Sacramento’s best izakaya Binchoyaki (2226 10th Street) just got even more legit by extending its hours on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.