The restaurant consumes much of the large, public-market space at 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd. that it shares with Fish Face Poke Bar. The Patriot contains seating for 200, including a 40 spots at a rectangular cocktail bar and sushi-bar style seating overlooking the section of the restaurant where pizzas are prepared in an electric Italian oven.
Along with pizzas, the Patriot’s menu – truncated during the soft-opening phase – includes a po’ boy sandwich, double-fried chicken leg, bone-in pork chop, lobster arancini (risotto balls) and a savory, bacon-and-cheese version of the usually sweet treat “monkey bread.”
Jarosz, who grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., said he has lived all over the country and there are “incredible regions food-wise” not necessarily reflected on Sacramento menus. The Patriot’s name comes partly from his wish for the restaurant’s menu, which eventually will be twice its current size, to cross a lot of state lines. Already reflected are the East Coast, South and mid-20th-century Midwest.
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“I always wanted to open an Americana restaurant,” Jarosz said. The Patriot is upscale Americana, with sandwiches going for $16, a lobster and corn pizza for $22 and oysters on the half shell for $4 apiece. Jarosz considers the restaurant’s level to be “approachable,” family-friendly fine dining.
The best item we tried Monday was pepperoni pizza, which held a lively tomato sauce and plentiful spicy meat, for an approachable $15.
Jarosz said he was “not really” influenced by popular midtown Sacramento pizza restaurant the Federalist in choosing his restaurant’s name. He grew up among military veterans, he said, and named his restaurant “out of a love of country more than anything else,” he said.
Jarosz’s tattooed fingers read “Join or Die” – after a Benjamin Franklin political cartoon – and he also has a tattoo depicting the Statue of Liberty. He has hired military veterans to work at the Patriot, and plans to hire more, he said.
Apart from Jarosz’s skin art, and the stars adorning the outdoor sign, the restaurant is mostly devoid of patriotic slogans or imagery. The décor is understated, with cowhide-design upholstery on some chairs providing most of the flash. Jarosz said he will add decorative lighting fixtures to the ceiling that will alter the place’s current look.
The Patriot project was supposed to open this past fall, not long after the opening of Mesa Mercado, the Mexican restaurant that sits across the Milagro Centre’s courtyard from the Patriot and Fish Face. The Patriot’s launch was delayed by issues with design, cash flow and other usual-suspect causes in the restaurant business, Jarosz said.
During its soft-opening phase, the Patriot is open for dinner only. Lunch service eventually will follow.