East Sacramento’s Cultured & The Cured has announced that it will be closing.
The shop, run husband-and-wife team Andrew and Kelly Hillman, opened Nov. 5, 2013, selling artisinal cheeses and charcuterie. The menu was later expanded to include items such as grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.
Andrew Hillman previously worked as a chef at the former David Berkley Fine Wines & Specialty Food and taught locally at Cordon Bleu. The couple attended a class at the Cheese School of San Francisco on how to open and operate a cheese shop.
“Everything will be cut to order,” Andrew Hillman told The Bee before opening. “We’re bringing back the cheesemonger and letting people taste things before they order.”
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Located at 3644 J St., Cultured & The Cured counted Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson as an early patron. In his “First Impressions,” Robertson wrote: “The extensive renovation of the building, which last saw use as an electric bike shop, is impressive, with stained concrete floors, a refrigerated display case and various stylish details that give the room warmth and charm.”
Owners posted the news about shuttering the shop on Facebook Monday night. They did not cite reasons for closing. “Thank you for all of your support,” they wrote. “It has been a pleasure bringing East Sacramento quality cheese & charcuterie.”
By Tuesday morning, dozens of comments on the post expressed sadness about the loss of the local business.
“We’ve been in several times for a wonderful cheese plate picnic,” wrote a commenter identified as Daleena Daigle. “We will miss our adventures in cheese with you all!”
According to the owners, the store will remain open 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. Dec. 10-13. “All food inventory must go and is on sale just in time for Christmas,” they wrote. “If you have gift certificates NOW is the time to turn them in.”