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Shady Lady owners take over Monte Carlo Club

Alberto Ruiz, better known to his friends as Big Al, requests the attention of patrons at the Monte Carlo Club in August 2005 to announce the birthday of a fellow reveler.
Alberto Ruiz, better known to his friends as Big Al, requests the attention of patrons at the Monte Carlo Club in August 2005 to announce the birthday of a fellow reveler. Sacramento Bee file

One of Sacramento’s oldest bars will debut in February with a new name and ownership team.

The owners of Shady Lady Saloon at 14th and R streets – Jason Boggs, Alex Origoni and Garrett Van Vleck – have taken over the Monte Carlo Club a block away at 15th and S streets. The bar, which is undergoing a remodel, will debut in February with a new name, B-Side. Bret Bair, co-owner of Ace of Spades music club and Goldfield Trading Post, serves as the landlord.

Monte Carlo Club opened in 1937, and was purchased by Bair in May 2013. The Shady Lady team intends to keep the bar’s traditionally divey sensibility, but given a vintage feel a la the 1970s. Rock, funk and soul music will be played through a tube-based, hi-fi system from the days of “Frampton Comes Alive!” and utilize vinyl records.

“It’s going to be an audiophile-kind of decor,” Boggs said. “One side of the wall will be tweed, like an old Fender Twin (guitar amplifier). We’re going to have fun with the music.”

While Shady Lady is known as an epicenter of Sacramento’s craft-cocktail scene, B-Side will be more of a no-frills affair. Bair’s earlier plan to add a kitchen and food service has been scrapped. B-side will be primarily a neighborhood bar.

“There’s not going to be much of a cocktail list,” Boggs said. “But if you order a Manhattan, it’ll be a proper Manhattan. If you order an Old Fashioned, it’ll be a proper Old Fashioned.”

B-Side will open in the same month as two other projects overseen by the Shady Lady team. Amaro, an Italian eatery on R Street that includes Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham as a partner, and a revamp of West Sacramento’s Sail Inn are also planned for a February debut.

B-Side also marks the Shady Lady owners’ third project within just a few blocks of the burgeoning R Street corridor.

“When we were trying to open Shady Lady, we signed a lot of handshake deals at the Monte Carlo over shots of Fernet and a beer,” Boggs said. “We’re starting to realize that R Street is our home. We love it here.”

Call The Bee’s Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias.

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