The holy trinity
Time travel: The team behind the RailBridge Cellars winery and Strings Urban Kitchen is prepping to launch RailBridge Cellars & Co., a full-scale restaurant with a focus on international wines. It’s got a motto: “Grounds. Grapes. Grub.” And despite months of delays, it’s finally got a new estimated date of arrival: February 10.
RailBridge Cellars & Co. is expected to serve breakfast, lunch and happy hour fare. No menu yet, but it’ll probably be simple stuff. The main draw will be its grand setting. The restaurant occupies the ground floor of the Elks Tower (921 11th Street), a beautiful, historic building and favorite downtown wedding venue, which also hosts the RailBridge Cellars penthouse tasting room. With vintage decor and a swingin’ vibe, owners say they hope diners will feel like they’ve traveled back to the 1920s.
Beyond the streets: Chef Keith Breedlove had a pretty huge 2015. He appeared on multiple national television cooking shows—most recently Spike’s Bar Rescue—and he became the official chef of the California State Fair. His food truck, the Culinerdy Cruzer, went from popular to insanely popular.
Now, he’s hoping to raise $20,000 via Kickstarter to open a brick-and-mortar version of his truck. The Culinary Kitchen would offer all of the Cruzer’s favorites—the cubano, with pastrami instead of the usual ham; the Dammit Jim, a burger with bacon, pancetta and beer and blue cheese fondue; and flash-fried Brussels sprouts on the side—but in one, easy-to-find location. Probably in Elk Grove, where Breedlove lives. Mobile fans need not worry: He told the Sacramento Business Journal that opening the Culinary Kitchen wouldn’t result in the closure of the Culinerdy Cruzer.
Important ’cue news: Food truck Smokers Wild BBQ makes some seriously tasty sauce. In the fall, the team announced it would start bottling its barbecue sauces and dry rubs, and it set out for a distribution company. That reality is coming soon—early 2016—so keep an eye out.
Internal expansion: Ever wander into Midtown cafe the Mill, hoping to linger with a latte for hours, and find that every single seat is taken? Maybe you’ve already written the Mill off as, simply, too popular for such lazy afternoons? Well, the owners added more tables and stools. Enjoy.