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Just in time for the crushing heat: Block gets its ailing AC fixed

Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 - 11:40 am

If you’ve checked the weather app on your phone or heard the local forecast in recent days, you knew this was coming: a major assault of heat is descending upon Sacramento. It’s supposed to get up to 108 degrees Fahrenheit today.

That’s not hot enough to cook a pizza or fry an egg, but it’s plenty uncomfortable if you’re AC is on the fritz. The weather forecast made me think of Block Butcher Bar, the stylish place adjacent to LowBrau on Sacramento’s 20th Street that specializes in charcuterie and whiskey.

I stopped by close to midnight Friday to end my evening with a nice whiskey on the rocks. The heat hit me right in the face. The air-conditioning had gone out. I had a nice time, but after 30 minutes in the stuffy and overheated bar, my friend and I were ready to get out of there.

When I saw it was going well into triple digits today, I called executive chef Michael Tuohy and asked about Block’s erstwhile sweltering ambiance.

“It was quite the ordeal,” Tuohy said Monday. “We lost a compressor and had a compressor over-nighted.”

But the repairs could not be made until Saturday.

“It was pretty uncomfortable for a couple of nights,” Tuohy said with a laugh.

If you’re interested in trying some of Block’s top-shelf whiskeys and excellent charcuterie, stop by and cool your heels in one of the best-looking bars in town.

Call The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson, (916) 321-1099. Follow him on Twitter @Blarob.

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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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