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After a number of construction delays that pushed Firestone Public House from its original projected opening date in February, the sports bar/restaurant will hold its grand opening on May 10.
“We’ll have 20-plus TVs,” said co-owner Henry de Vere White, who also co-owns de Vere’s Irish Pub. “We’re going to show as many sports games as humanly possible.”
Food will include a variety of dishes from burgers and steaks to appetizers, pizzas and other options. Co-owner Mason Wong previously told The Sacramento Press that Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and the Korean street tacos featured at GoGi’s Korean BBQ will likely be available as well.
The restaurant occupies the 5,800-square-foot space at 16th and L streets left vacant when California Pizza Kitchen closed last year. It’s co-owned by the de Vere White family and the Wong family, which owns Cafeteria 15L, Mix Downtown and other local businesses.
A rectangular bar in the center of the restaurant holds 60 beer taps, and de Vere White said the selection will provide something for a range of beer drinkers – from those who stick to well-known classics such as Budweiser to others who seek out craft brews.
Kegs from local brewers such as Ruhstaller Beer, Rubicon Brewing Company and American River Brewing Co. will be carried, and de Vere White said an extensive training program will give the bartenders the knowledge to help customers find new beers to enjoy.
The pizza oven from California Pizza Kitchen is where Firestone Public House chefs will cook the new venture’s pizzas, and de Vere White said the pricing is designed to be mid-range, with a burger, beer, tax and tip running around $20.
The work to the interior accounted for much of the construction delay, de Vere White said, adding that an idea to store empty beer kegs as decoration above a window to the kitchen required the work of an engineer.
“It’s just part of the business. I’ve never had a bar that I’ve helped build or owned that’s opened on time, “de Vere White said. “It’s opened in the appropriate fashion, when it’s ready.”
A grand opening will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. May 10. Tickets are available for $75, and proceeds benefit the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. For tickets and more information on the grand opening’s details when they become available, click here.
Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Twitter @Brandon_Darnell.