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Big crowds prompt East Sac restaurant OBO’ to trim its weekly schedule

Due to its early popularity, OBO’ restaurant in East Sacramento has adjusted its hours.
Due to its early popularity, OBO’ restaurant in East Sacramento has adjusted its hours. Carla Meyer

OBO’ Italian Table & Bar, the new East Sacramento venture from Selland Family Restaurants, has drawn such an enthusiastic response since it opened to the public June 16 that it has trimmed its weekly schedule in order to allow the staff to regroup.

Initially envisioned to be open every day, the restaurant now will close on Sundays and Mondays. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

“We are getting 1,000 people a day” at a restaurant that seats 90 people inside and 50 outside, restaurant co-owner Tamera Baker said Monday. The facility does not have the capacity to serve “7,000 people a week,” Baker said, and staff members need more time each week to prepare for new rounds of diners.

Baker said the owners will revisit the idea of opening more days per week in future.

June 16 was meant to be a “soft opening,” Baker said, though word quickly spread that the long-awaited casual eatery in the former Andiamo and Good Eats space (at 3145 Folsom Blvd.) was open. Patrons flooded the restaurant, which holds a full-service bar but otherwise follows the counter-service model of Selland’s Market-Cafes in East Sacramento and El Dorado Hills.

Read my First Impressions column on OBO’ Italian Table & Bar in The Bee’s July 1 Ticket section or online June 29 at sacbee.com.

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