Midtown Sacramentos next beer garden project moved closer to reality this week.
The owner of the proposed Federalist Public House, located at 2009 N St., submitted building permits as part of an expedited schedule. The project already has received its conditional design approval.
Were definitely on target for a summer opening, said local building designer and restaurateur Marvin Maldonado, who hopes for a soft opening Memorial Day weekend. Were moving right along.
Maldonado and his wife, Bridgette, live upstairs in the 1907 home with their two small children. A restaurant will occupy the first floor (which now holds a clothing boutique) with the beer garden out back.
We think of it more as a public house with outdoor seating, Maldonado said. Its something weve talked about for a long long time. Its the perfect combination of a project thats both historic (preservation) and modern at the same time.
As part of the modern side, Maldonado plans to use nine shipping containers as part of the beer garden, which will border an alley and be out of street view.
Shipping containers are capable of doing some wonderful things, he said. From a designer standpoint, its another tool thats really exciting. Theyll be close to the railroad tracks and pretty fitting with the alley.
The Maldonado familys home also inspired the name for their new restaurant/beer garden, which will specialize in public house fare (roast chicken, shepherds pie, pizza) with Northern California ingredients accompanied by (mostly) Northern California brews and wine. The large Victorian house was built in the Federalist style.
Were playing off that, Marvin said. The Federalists were the original political party in the United States and Sacramento is a political town. All these great little pieces help tell the story; its so much more than a beer garden.
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