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She loves milkshakes and history. What better place to open a historical milkshake bar?

Each milkshake will come in a cup with Abraham Lincoln's face on it, though Boyles said she wants to eventually serve drinks named after various presidents in cups bearing their likenesses.
Each milkshake will come in a cup with Abraham Lincoln's face on it, though Boyles said she wants to eventually serve drinks named after various presidents in cups bearing their likenesses. Kelly Boyles

A milkshake bar with a presidential twist will have a home in Old Sacramento.

Next week's Sacramento City Council meeting agenda includes a consent item to lease 1100 Front Street, Suite 140 to Milk House Shakes. The lease, which puts Milk House Shakes between Bali Kitchen and Happy Pita Cafe in Old Sacramento, is for three years with options to extend twice for two years at a time.

Milk House Shakes founder Kelly Boyles won the Downtown Sacramento Foundation's Calling All Dreamers competition last year, earning a prize package worth $100,000 that included funding, coaching and interior design consultation. The same competition birthed Andy's Candy Apothecary, Oblivion Comics & Coffee and The Allspicery in recent years.

Boyles hopes to open her new 409-square-foot, chair-free den sometime around July 4, she said, though she hasn't yet gone through the necessary permit processes or built out the building's interior. She originally wanted to launch Milk House Shakes, which was featured in the January issue of Food Network's magazine, near the state Capitol before the Old Sacramento location was presented.

"The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was perfect for Old Sac," she said. "It's quirky enough and has enough of this historical element that now I can't imagine it being elsewhere."

Boyles fell in love with history in an AP class during her junior year at Elk Grove High School, she said. Boyles said she was fueled by Oreo-coffee concoctions from a milkshake hub called Ground Zero at the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in history.

Each milkshake she'll serve is named after a president and contains ingredients tied to their terms. There's the Barack Obama, with pineapple and coconut to recognize the first Hawaiian-born president. Andrew Johnson, the first president to be impeached, gets a vanilla shake with blended peaches. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt uses pretzels and Nutella, the latter of which was born out of a chocolate shortage following World War II.

Shakes and coffee from a yet-to-be-disclosed roaster will come in cups bearing the face of Abraham Lincoln, Boyles' favorite president. Once Milk House Shakes gets off the ground, Boyles wants to start printing different presidents and facts about their time in office on the cups. She ended up working for a lobbying firm's communications team after planning to become a teacher, but might end up providing an education in a different way.

"My goal is that people will learn something new with it, so I'm trying to find ways to incorporate more than just Abe," she said.

The Bee's Benjy Egel is launching a new effort to cover Sacramento's dining and beer scene. Please send tips and story ideas by email at begel@sacbee.com, on Twitter @BenjyEgel or by phone at (916) 321-1052.

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