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RailBridge Cellars announces closure at Elks Tower

The former underground swimming pool at the Elks Tower was repurposed into a lounge.
The former underground swimming pool at the Elks Tower was repurposed into a lounge. aseng@sacbee.com

The owners of RailBridge Cellars & Co. on Tuesday announced the closure of their restaurant and wine bar at the Elks Tower in Sacramento.

The announcement comes weeks after Elks Tower owner Steve Ayers announced a proposal for a three-level casino and lounge with an entry on the 11th Street side of the building, where RailBridge is located.

“For reasons unknown, the owner of the Elks Tower Building, Utah Partners LLC., has withdrawn its authorization for us to book events in the Penthouse and Underground Lounge,” read an announcement the RailBridge Cellars website. “Thank you, Sacramento, for allowing us to be a small part of your memories too … #DieWithMemoriesNotDreams.”

The 91-year-old building opened its doors to RailBridge Cellars & Co. in 2015. The restaurant and wine bar on the ground floor featured 1920s marble and a menu influenced by the Top of the Town restaurant that drew crowds to the Elks’ penthouse in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ayers last month said he submitted an application with the city for a conditional-use permit to operate the Elks Casino, along with a lounge, bar, restaurant and other amenities, including a “spirits library,” where guests can order rare vintage beverages. Ayers estimated the business could be open within 18 months with city approvals.

Neither Ayers nor representatives of RailBridge Cellars & Co. were not available for comment Tuesday.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea

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