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Blackbird Kitchen & Bar to reopen, following unceremonious closure in Sept.

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 - 3:14 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Now here’s some news that caught us off guard. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (1015 9th St., Sacramento), which abruptly closed in late September, plans to reopen soon. The principals involved are keeping the full details quiet for now, but expect updates about the reopening soon. (That’s Blackbird co-owner and chef Carina Lampkin, pictured in the restaurant’s better days).

Blackbird’s raw bar was a hit with seafood lovers in Sacramento, but management issues behind the scenes and other factors were apparently behind its demise. Employees were given the news about Blackbird’s shut down in an email, which prompted some uproar in the local restaurant community.

Blackbird’ Facebook page meanwhile shows the image of an egg about to hatch in a tree, perhaps suggesting this phoenix will rise soon.

Will Blackbird be able to mend any lingering hurt feelings? Will its raw bar be resurrected and the restaurant regain its culinary footing once again? We’ll fill you in with the details as they come through.


* The Blackbird aftermath: Healing wounds, writing checks

* Blackbird closes suddenly and mysteriously, informs employees via email

* Dining review: Blackbird usually excellent, sometimes amiss

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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