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Comfort food, cocktails ... corpses? Fair Oaks restaurant planned at former mortuary

Former site of Russ Monroe's Cremation and Burial Services, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks.
Former site of Russ Monroe's Cremation and Burial Services, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks. ©2018 Google

Its menu will offer comfort food and a drink called "Corpse Reviver No. 2" — and perhaps that's appropriate, given the upcoming restaurant's location: the former site of a mortuary.

Shangri-la Fair Oaks is an upcoming project by Fair Oaks native Sommer Peterson planned for an October launch, the Sacramento Business Journal reported Monday. The new business was also mentioned in the Fair Oaks Historical Society's January newsletter.

Located at 7960 Winding Way, Shangri-la will be built at the former home of Russ Monroe's Cremation and Burial Services, which recently relocated onto Fair Oaks Boulevard near Fair Oaks Village. Demolition of the old site will begin this week, according to the Business Journal.

As the corpse-inspired name for a cocktail suggests, Peterson is well-aware of the site's past and has no intention to hide it from customers.

In addition to food and cocktails, Shangri-la promises bocce ball, fire pits and a children's play area.

"This could be so cool and if I don't do it, I'm going to regret it," Peterson told the Business Journal.

Peterson is also an owner of well-reviewed Mission Bowling Club in San Francisco, a six-lane alley that has appeared on Food Network (Top 5 Restaurants, Best Burger). She splits time between the Bay Area business and her Fair Oaks home.

The $1 million project will employ somewhere between 30 and 40 people. Peterson also told the Business Journal she plans to work with a "highly established" chef, but did not give a name.

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