Well, hello, how are you? If you're not in Washington, you are dandy.
On the SacTown capitol scene, Chops is closing this Friday. It's the end of an era.
For many of us old timers, it's still Brannan's. Brannan's would stay open as the Budget Conference Committee would be "on call" through the night. Like Willie Brown's famous clock manipulation, the timekeeper didn't seem to pay attention to the clock past 2 a.m. and kept serving.
Chops just never took off on the dinner scene. It was overpriced for overly touted publicly displayed beef, and relied on cocktail hour and downstairs fundraisers to pay the rent. It was just never a spot for weekend pre-show dinners and maintained uncertain hours during the week.
Chops closed its Folsom location last year, with a commitment to focus on its downtown Sacramento location.
Let's hope that the space is taken over by a Sacramento-based restaranteur, instead of what we've seen lately in the Elk's Building with McCormicks & Schmicks and Claim Jumper (same company--Houston based Landry's, which has bought of restaurants nationwide such as Morton's, Bubba Gump's, McCormicks and Claim Jumper, Oceanaire, Rainforest Cafe, Chart House and more, as well as the Golden Nugget casinos).
Randy Selland, this is perfect for you--a farmer's market during the day on the patio and a Kitchen-like experience in the evening for the Capitol elite, and a premier fundraising spot. Let's keep it local, yo'. Free advertising in the Nooner for 6 months.
$$$: Also on the Capitol scene, Phil and Julie Angelides each kicked in $7,300 for the campaign of Eleni Kounalakis for lieutenant governor.