East Sacramento to see new Hawks Restaurant

Some say it’s the best restaurant in the Sacramento area. Thanks to a high Zagat rating and positive reviews from food critics, Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay has built a solid reputation, and to the delight of many fans and foodies in the area, they’re now bringing a new restaurant to East Sacramento. The new location, tentatively called Hawks Provisions and Public House, will be on the corner of Stockton and Alhambra boulevards and will be opening anywhere from eight months to a year from now. The Sacramento restaurant will have a more casual ambience than the one in Granite Bay “We saw a shift with restaurateurs,” said co-owner Molly Hawks “Instead of opening these massive restaurants, they were opening places that were more neighborhood oriented… that’s the direction we wanted to go,” The Provisions restaurant will be more lunch oriented than the Granite Bay location. While the menu is still in development, Hawks said the popular Hawks Burger and the slow roasted short ribs will most likely make their way to the new establishment. For now, the staff is working on finishing the kitchen, which will most likely be based around a wood fire rotisserie. The Hawks team is working on a new concept, a grab-and-go menu to be served for breakfast. For those close-by, Hawks could be a new morning stop for “crafted […]

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Granite Bay’s Hawks Restaurant to open new location in East Sac

More fine dining is coming to East Sacramento: the critically-acclaimed Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay is opening a second location on Stockton and Alhambra Boulevards. According to owner Molly Hawks, the restaurant will open in 8 months to 1 year. The building itself is new and has never been occupied. “It gives us the opportunity to get exactly what we want,” Hawks said. The restaurant expansion was mentioned two years ago by the Roseville Press Tribune, which reported that the owners hoped to have the new location opened by June 2012. Hawks Restaurant has received rave reviews. In 2012, the Sacramento Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson gave the restaurant a glowing write-up, writing that, “with its fine staff, meticulous training and attention to detail…Hawks is doing enough to be considered the best restaurant we’ve got.” Hawks was Zagat rated in 2011 with nearly perfect scores in every category. The restaurant also holds a 4.5 out 5 rating on Yelp. Check in next week for more details about the new location and an interview with the owner.  Editor’s note: The “News Digest” goes out every Tuesday morning and highlights our best stories, photos and videos from the week prior. Sign me up.

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North Sac and East Sac: A Tale of Two Cities

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way." The variety of peoples I’ve met and seen since my move to Sacramento at the beginning of May are both familiar and strange at the same time. It has shown to me that the personality of my adopted hometown is very much reflective of the dichotomy of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities except that it is not a ‘tale of two cities’ but a ‘tale of a city suffering from multiple personality disorder’. I want to talk about the two ‘personalities’ I have come to know best: North Sac where I live and East Sac where I work. The residents of North Sac neighborhood where I live are a mixture of the poor and the working class like that which I grew up around back in Kenosha (Wisconsin). There are, of course, many unique characters as there are in […]

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McKinley Village/Sutter’s Landing/Railyard – discussion thread

Much has been said on Sacramento Press about the proposed McKinley Village project. But a recent article in the Sacramento Bee about proposals for a new railyard have not yet been discussed here. In short, two new sites have been suggested, one of which would encroach on Sutter’s Landing (also a topic during dicussion of McKinley Village) and another that would take the proposed McKinley Village site. I was wondering what local reactions are to the railyard proposals – and especially how Midtown and East Sacramento residents and neighborhood associations would rank several hundred new single family homes against a train repair facility as potential neighbors. Clearly the housing development has adversaries but railyards don’t exactly have the best reputation for noise mitigation and environmental friendliness either. So which is preferable to people?   [Sponsored: Come celebrate Bastille Day at The Handle District. Bastille Day festivities will include a Waiters' Race, food and drink vendors, live music, and entertainment for the family including a mime, face painting, and balloon animals. Learn more.]

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[PHOTOS] A good ole East Sac July 4th

41st and 42nd streets in East Sac were lined with folks meandering down the streets in a slow parade, mingling with each other and watching their kids have fun. And more:

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Yelp’s ‘Passport to East Sacramento’ in full swing

Yelp Sacramento is hosting a celebration highlighting the large variety of small businesses that call East Sacramento their home. Lasting from May 12th through May 19th, ‘Passport to East Sacramento’ offers several discounts and giveaways sponsored by local businesses. The week-long event is free to attend, but guests must RSVP to the nighttime events through Yelp’s event site. Evening events are specially designed for the 21+ crowd and include free food and wine tasting. The following events are still available for RSVP. Wednesday, May 15th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary will host a parking lot soiree, featuring endless complimentary beers, free wine tastings, music, and the company of the furry-faced little guys. The $10 entry fee includes all of these activities, and 100 percent of proceeds go to Happy Tails. Saturday, May 18th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Yelp’s final event will feature a collaborative celebration of three businesses: SPARKLE, Krazy Mary’s, and Pink House. This event will offer complimentary drinks and food, a fashion show, wine tastings, massages from Rooted Massage, special discounts, music, and more. The three adjoining businesses will also be taking donations for Happy Tails at the door. For the daytime crowd, various businesses in East Sacramento will be offering discounts, including free yoga classes, complimentary coffee with the purchase of coffee beans, and tons more deals. […]

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Fab ’40s Christmas Lights 2012 – Part 1 [Photos]

The Fab ’40s in East Sac, the streets from 40th through 49th, are spectacular to view, holidays or not. And are they ever great when dressed for Christmas! Here’s part one of some shots taken Friday night. It was busy, busy, busy with people walking and driving the streets, visiting and taking pictures: Please stay tuned for Part 2 in the near future. In the meantime, get out and see the lights……guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!

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Sacramento police shoot suspect as hostage escapes – Jack in the Box hostage situation on Folsom Boulevard

A series of bangs echoed throughout the College Greens neighborhood at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday as a police SWAT team swarmed into the Jack in the Box on Folsom Boulevard where a man was holding a woman hostage. The suspect was shot by a police sniper and transported to a hospital. His one remaining female hostage escaped unharmed. Earlier, another woman had also escaped. Police said the incident began at 12:30 p.m. as a robbery of the restaurant at 8349 Folsom Blvd. in the College Greens Shopping Center. When officers arrived shortly after, a standoff ensued. The SWAT team, a hostage negotiation team and dozens of patrol cars surrounded the building. "We tried for several hours for this to end peacefully and it’s very unfortunate that it had to end this way," said Public Information Officer Doug Morse. "The safety of those inside the restaurant as well as those surrounding the restaurant was just paramount. The officers were forced to take action to end this safely." Police shut down the west end of the shopping center and evacuated nearby businesses. Folsom Boulevard was closed between Juilliard Drive and Notre Dame Drive. A police chopper circled overhead and the media arrived en masse. As police moved closer to the building, a shot rang out and the restaurant’s glass door shattered. The police sharp shooter had hit […]

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Twigs Floral Design Gallery, a Sacramento area veteran

Design is key in expressing ones view and style, not only when constructing a building or landmark, but in floral design as well. Twigs Floral Design Gallery combines the two most important aspects of floral design; the skilled architect and quality materials. Located at 3250 J Street next to the Club Raven, Twigs Floral Design Gallery is one of the only flower shops in the Sacramento area offering these aspects of service. Equipped with knowledgeable and experienced staff, while using the best flora and arrangement greenery, Twigs Floral Design creates unique and quality pieces for both home and business settings. Weddings, funerals, parties and other social events are catered too along with delivery. “We offer a variety of healthy and creative arrangements that can be delivered and replenished weekly,” said Sean Van Hoof, a delivery man for Twigs. Now in business for 10 years, Twigs Floral Design Gallery offers signature flowers such as Orchids, Roses and other seasonal flora throughout the year. Owner Wes Green along with his employees strive to please and impress thier customers, serving to a wide clientele throughout the local region.  Disclosure: I do not work nor do I have any close affiliation with Twigs Floral Design Gallery -Darius Tamannaie

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4th Annual Albie Ribbin’ BBQ Cookoff

Saturday the 27th of October saw 20 BBQ pit masters and several hundred people invade East Sacramento to enjoy BBQ ribs, libations, great company, and music. Proceeds from ticket sales, raffle tickets, and a silent auction benefitted the Albie aware Breast Cancer Foundation. The 4th annual Albie Ribbin’ BBQ cook-off was held at the Hilltop Tavern in East Sacramento. Music was provided by the Sacramento party band the Q-Balls, and a plate of ribs, cole slaw, beans, and French toast was cooked up by Pork it Up Gourmet BBQ.     Each team was instructed to cook St. Louis style ribs in the morning and present them to a team of judges for scoring.   After the formal judging some teams turned to more exotic BBQ fare such as the Hooky team which used their culinary expertise on Lobster.    Guests enjoy a BBQ Lunch prepared by Pork It Up  The Q-Balls entertained with music spanning the last several decades   And a good time was had by all             After a grueling few hours, head judge Joseph H. Heflin and team had the results tallied. At the end of the afternoon the winners were announced.       Second Runner Up     1st Runner Up – Pork it Up         And the Winner is ….. Go […]

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