The operators of Burgers and Brew in Sacramento have signed a lease to convert a pre-World War II firehouse in West Sacramento to a restaurant and jazz club.
The project was announced Thursday night during West Sacramento Christopher Cabaldon’s State of the City address and confirmed Friday by city spokesman Paul Hosley.
Derar Zawaydeh and Philippe Masoud, who founded Burgers and Brew in 2007, plan to convert the long-vacant, 6,500-square-foot Washington Firehouse at 317 Third St. into a showplace, with a restaurant on the ground floor and a jazz club on the second floor. Two bars will be on-site.
The jazz club will be named Station #1.
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The firehouse began as a Works Progress Administration project. The WPA was formed in 1935 as one of numerous New Deal programs introduced during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Like other New Deal programs, it was an effort to stimulate job growth and the U.S. economy during the Great Depression.
Burgers and Brew, featuring craft brews and burgers, operates four restaurants – at 1409 R St. in Sacramento, at Sacramento International Airport, at 403 Third St. in Davis and a site in Chico.
Zawaydeh and Masoud also introduced Crepeville restaurants to the Sacramento area.
Hosley said the restaurateurs hope to open the West Sacramento site this fall.