Cracker Barrel is coming to Northern California
The Sacramento Business Journal suggests that fans of buttermilk biscuits, problematic founders, and (based on the above video posted to Facebook by the Rocklin store) haunted rocking chairs can start their “Cracker Barrel countdown,” as its new Rocklin location — about a half-hour east of Sacramento — is set to open on December 2. The 4660 Sierra College Boulevard location will be the chain’s second in NorCal, following a packed 2018 opening in Sacramento.
Mezzanine will be closing on December 31
Mezzanine, a nightclub that’s operated at 444 Jessie Street for 16 years, has been in the news for the last several months as it fought its landlords’ eviction efforts. Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman has been in negotiations with the Chritton family, which owns the space, since 2018. It appears an agreement has been reached, as in a statement published to SF Station, Jackman said that Mezzanine will end its run with a New Year’s Eve bash featuring Dirtybird Records’ Claude VonStroke and Christian Martin.
A Santa Cruz steakhouse was shuttered after inspectors discovered 10 people living there
Ginza Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi opened on 525 Water Street in Santa Cruz this past April, racking up some decidedly mixed reviews on Yelp in the following months. City inspectors were less mixed in their review of the spot, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports, especially after they found “10 restaurant employees, including a child, living in an office section of the building that was converted without permits.” The restaurant has since been closed by the city, and its windows and doors are boarded up. Its “Grand Opening” sign remains.
One Market is offering blind taste testings for the blind
For the rest of November, One Market will be offering a roster of “blind tasting flights” for $15 — three 2-oz. pours that sommelier Tonya Pitts says will change every day. All the proceeds from every flight sale will go to LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a San Francisco non-profit dedicated to providing education and training for folks who are blind or who have changing vision. The flights are offered during lunch and dinner until the end of the month.