Federalist Public House (and beer garden) moving along

Midtown Sacramento’s 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.

“We’re definitely on target for a summer opening,” said local building designer and restaurateur Marvin Maldonado, who hopes for a soft opening Memorial Day weekend. “We’re 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. “It’s something we’ve talked about for a long long time. It’s the perfect combination of a project that’s 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, it’s another tool that’s really exciting. They’ll be close to the railroad tracks and pretty fitting with the alley.”

The Maldonado family’s home also inspired the name for their new restaurant/beer garden, which will specialize in public house fare (roast chicken, shepherd’s pie, pizza) with Northern California ingredients accompanied by (mostly) Northern California brews and wine. The large Victorian house was built in the Federalist style.

“We’re 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; it’s so much more than a beer garden.”

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