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Former Sheepherders Inn reopens as Fire Rock Grill

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 - 4:40 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 - 8:55 pm

The building at 11275 Folsom Blvd. has existed for a century, and in recent times more popularly known as the steakhouse-styled Sheepherders Inn. But over the past 30 days, this historic building has undergone a $200,000 makeover and now makes its debut as Fire Rock Grill.

Fire Rock Grill opened to the public today as a “soft opening” to give its menu and service some final fine tuning. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.

Chef Randall Christian, a Sacramento native, takes over the kitchen with a menu of hearty American comfort food classics, but with detours to Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this Rancho Cordova eatery, Christian worked as a private chef in Miami and was a partner in Los Angeles’ CineSpace, a supper club that merged fine dining with independent movie screenings. (Steve Aoki, DJ to the stars and member of the family which founded Benihana, ran a weekly dance party at CineSpace). The preliminary menu includes burgers, steak salad, pizza, fried eggplant appetizers and more.

Sheepherder Inn operated as a steakhouse for 30 years, until closing in 2004. The building was purchased in 2007 by an affiliate of D&S Developement, the team behind 14th & R Street’s restaurant row among other projects.

The remodel has added booths to the restaurant and a roomier lounge. Given its proximity to Rancho Cordova’s office parks, plus Gold River and south Folsom, Fire Rock Grill hopes to draw a happy hour crowd from these areas along with neighborhood diners.

We’ll update with menu offerings and more info. as it comes through.

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