Updates on planned restaurant concepts around the area … – Sacramento Business Journal

Across the Sacramento area, several planned restaurants are in various stages of opening. Here’s the latest installment in our series of status updates.
Lincoln brewpub
The first restaurant and bar concept expected to open its doors is Brick & Barrel Kitchen + Bar, planned for Lincoln’s Joiner Parkway Plaza. The brewpub is filling an approximately 5,000-square-foot space at 155 Joiner Parkway in Lincoln, formerly occupied by Lincoln Pizza Co., which permanently closed earlier this year.
Co-owner Chris Eaton said the restaurant will primarily focus on pizza, sandwiches and appetizers. Initially, they plan to offer beer and wine, though they are in the process of transferring a full liquor license to the location that will also allow for the sale of distilled spirits, which Eaton expects to occur within the next few months. The ownership group, which also includes Wesley Metcalf and Christina DeCelle, also plans to run a brewing operation on-site.
“We are close, probably about two weeks out,” Eaton said on Oct. 18. “We are looking to be fully operational by Nov. 2.” The business recently announced on social media that a soft opening is planned for 2 p.m. on Nov. 2.
The brewpub’s hours of operation are expected to be weekdays from 2 to 10 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Eaton said he’s involved in other local bar and restaurant concepts such as Brannan Manor Restaurant & Spirits in Old Sacramento and Time Out Tavern in Carmichael. He said Metcalf is part owner of Roseville’s The Union and Owl Club. DeCelle is involved with Time Out Tavern, Toasted Rooster Cafe and Legado Whiskey, as well as local Beach Hut Deli and Ben’s Barketplace sites, according to LinkedIn.
Downtown Sacramento eatery
Plans are in the works to revive a three-story, 12,375-square-foot restaurant and bar space in Downtown Sacramento that previously housed The Pier Nightclub, Bar & Grill before it closed in 2018. The operators of the new concept, which will be called The Pier, are planning a similar concept, though the third-floor space won’t be used as a nightclub but rather an events space.
In June, the incoming operators said the plan was to serve traditional bar food, with a focus on dishes with Italian influences, though the goal is to reach a point where they can rotate the menu with a range of culinary dishes, from French and Middle Eastern to Chinese fusion.
“We are in the final stages of getting our permits and licenses and expect to open within 30 days of obtaining them,” said Nasser Azimi, a partner in the business, via email. “Barring any unexpected circumstances, we should be open during the holidays or soon after.”
Korean pub in Midtown
A Korean pub concept called Pocha House planned for the former Highwater space at 1910 Q St. in Midtown Sacramento is moving forward once again after an unexpected delay that had the potential to kill the project.
Co-owner Daniel Ngo, who is opening the concept with wife Judy Han, said the project ran into delays when the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission attempted to claim eminent domain of the space to establish a rail station. Ngo said the situation required him to hire an attorney to challenge the takeover.
“They ended up backing out and are not taking over the building, so we got lucky because they were going to exercise their right to eminent domain,” Ngo said.
The business recently started demolition and could open in the first quarter, according to Ngo.
Ngo said the concept will remain the same as previously reported, with Korean comfort food and authentic flavors and traditional drinks.
Brazilian steakhouse in Roseville
A high-profile restaurant space in Roseville that’s been vacant for quite some time is also a few months out from being operational. Galpão Gaucho, a Brazilian steakhouse restaurant, signed a lease in May for an 8,126-square-foot space at 1400 Eureka Road in Roseville. Brazilian steakhouses are known for having a wide array of grilled meats to choose from.
Galpão Gaucho’s concept is a fixed-price and unlimited menu that allows customers to pick and choose from different side dishes and cuts of meats that are served tableside.
“We are still in our remodeling phase ⏤ things move on their own timeline with the city,” said Thiago Roldan, national sales and marketing manager for Galpão Gaucho, in an email. “Our new prospective opening is Q1 2023.”
Downtown Commons sports bar
A popular sports bar concept known for providing wall-to-wall televisions that’s planned for Sacramento’s Downtown Commons has once again been delayed.
Denver-based Tom’s Watch Bar signed a lease for an approximately 6,300-square-foot space in DoCo across from Golden 1 Center in early 2021. In January, co-founder Tom Ryan said Covid delays had pushed the opening of the project back and the hope was to have the the business operating prior to the start of the Sacramento Kings season, which began last week.
Traci Rockefeller Cusack, a spokesperson for Downtown Commons, said the current expectation is for Tom’s Watch Bar to be open by mid-2023. She did not specify what has caused the project to be delayed further, rather referring the Business Journal to the restaurant chain for more information.
Ryan did not respond to requests for comment.
The business has a menu of traditional bar foods and a wide variety of alcoholic beverages.
We’re planning to publish updates on more local restaurant projects in upcoming weeks. Have an idea for one of those stories? Reach out to reporter Jake Abbott at
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