Just weeks after being name checked by the Wall Street Journal as a star of Sacramento’s restaurant scene, Bistro Michel has shut down. A sign in front of the restaurant posted today simply said, “Bistro Michel is Closed - Out of Business.” The bistro’s website has gone dark and a call to the restaurant went straight to voice mail, with a message saying the restaurant is now closed.
The Sacramento Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson visited Bistro Michel in late 2014, with owner Alan Chan saying the restaurant was going to ditch its French influences and focus on small plates served dim sum style. At that point, Bistro Michel was offering a nightly four-course prix fixe dinner menu for $60. Now, it appears all plans have been scrapped.
We’ll update when there’s word of who may be taking over this spot at 1501 14th St.
Meanwhile, our friends at Cowtown Eats report that Binchoyaki restaurant will occupy the former site of Doughbot, the much-celebrated doughnut shop at 2226 10th St. that shuttered in 2014 after the owners declared they were burnt out from the business.
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The name “Binchoyaki” infers that Japanese-styled grilling will be the focus here. Yakitori houses and izakaya-styled Japanese pubs have seen something of a renaissance in the greater Sacramento area, including the recent openings of Yakitori Yuchan in Davis and midtown’s Izakaya Daikoku, which is run by the same folks behind Akebono and Ryujin Ramen House.
Binchoyaki will also help bring back a Japanese essence to the area. This neighborhood at the edge of downtown was once home to a bustling Japan Town, though much of that character has shed over the years. June’s Cafe, which specializes in Japanese-American diner food, and Osaka-Ya remain among the legacy Japanese businesses in that area. Prior to Doughbot, that retail space was home to Ricksha Japanese restaurant, known for its $1 hand roll nights and sushi buffet.
Call The Bee’s Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias.