Food & Drink

Lucky Cafe, a midtown breakfast institution, closes its doors

Lucky Cafe, the old-school diner located at 111 21st St. in Sacramento, has closed down.
Lucky Cafe, the old-school diner located at 111 21st St. in Sacramento, has closed down. Matt Kawahara

Lucky Cafe, a fixture of Sacramento’s breakfast scene for decades, has been closed down, according to a notice posted at its midtown location.

An eviction notice from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department dated Aug. 30 hung on the door of the diner located at 1111 21st St. on Thursday morning. The interior was dark and a phone number listed for the business had been disconnected.

Employees of nearby businesses said a notice first had appeared on the door this past week. The last review of Lucky Cafe on the website Yelp! was dated Aug. 24.

Originally located at 5th and J streets, Lucky Cafe moved to its 21st Street location in 1962, according to Bee archives. It changed owners several times but maintained a throwback feel with its counter seating and retro-style sign above the door.

Sacramentans for years swore by Lucky for its home-style fare, generous portions and no-frills atmosphere. A mid-’90s Bee dining review described its “massive” breakfasts with “slabs of ham” and “buttermilk pancakes the size of salad plates.” Recent consumer reviews of the diner on sites such as Yelp!, though, were inconsistent and often lukewarm at best.

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