Ron Fleming, the local restaurateur and executive chef who co-started the 4th Street Grille in downtown Sacramento more than 20 years ago, said today that he is shutting down the business at that site.
Fleming leased the site at 4th and L streets and said today that two recent deals to sell the business fell apart. The lease agreement reportedly has been terminated.
He said he's going to pursue other opportunities.
"We're shutting down Friday, but I want to get another real place real soon," he said. "I've met a lot of wonderful people over 21 years ... but we're packing it up now."
What will happen with the site remains unclear. Fleming said the building is owned by a Bay Area group of investors, and he said it's possible that another business could move into restaurant spot.
The 4th Street Grille opened in 1992, taking over space formerly occupied by Harry's Bar & Grill. Fleming quickly drew attention as the executive chef.
Over the years, the restaurant became a favorite gathering spot for downtown workers and devotees of stylish after-work cocktails and creative appetizers.
Back in January, news of efforts to sell the restaurant started making the rounds.
At the time, David Herrera, vice president of brokerage services with Colliers International in Sacramento, said building managers "would welcome a new owner of the restaurant whose intent it would be to operate the existing concept, but are as equally excited about the possibility of an operator taking over the space that would bring a new restaurant concept to the area."
Fleming has an extensive background as a chef. Before coming to 4th Street Grille, his background included a stint with the Hyatt hotel chain in Hawaii. Fleming also served as a co-owner of Chops steakhouse at 11th and L streets in Sacramento.
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