The K Street Mall saw some unusual activity last night as the Dive Bar/Pizza Rock VIP Party came to life. Located between 10th and 11th Streets, three new development projects are reaching completion with the intention of pumping new life into the pedestrian mall area. The Dive Bar boasts an enormous salt water fish tank above the bar, complete with live "mer-people" swimming leisurely overhead. Pizza Rock offers gourmet pizzas, a full bar stretching underneath a life-size Peterbilt truck rig crashing through the wall. Pizza Rock’s ceiling displays a variation on Michelangelo’s "Creation of Adam" from the Sistine Chapel – in this version God is handing an electric guitar to Adam. A plush dance club, District 30, rounds out the tri-venue.
The party featured street entertainment of stilt-walkers, a juggler and "girl in a bubble." Inside, the guests were treated to food and drink.
San Francisco nightclub operator George Karpaty stands in front of his three new venues on the K Street Mall.
A passerby walks along the K Street Mall as the VIP party got underway.
The ceiling of Pizza Rock is painted with a variation on Michelangelo’s "Creation of Adam."
A full-size big rig is suspended over the bar at Pizza Rock.
The kitchen staff at Pizza Rock mug for a photo prior the party.
One of the wood-burning ovens at Pizza Rock will cook a pizza in 90 seconds.
The Dive Bar features a huge overhead fish tank complete with swimming "mer-people."
The Dive Bar quickly filled with guests.
Bronkar juggles at the entrance to Pizza Rock.
The quiet before the storm – the interior of District 30, a dance club.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson speaks with the media outside the new venues.
Photos by Ron Nabity. Additional photos from the event can be viewed here.