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New downtown cocktail lounge will channel ‘the classic American decade’

Jungle Bird bartenders mix a batch of drinks for the bar’s grand opening in October 2016. The couple behind The Jungle Bird and Tank House are planning to open a 50s-inspired cocktail lounge called the Ten Ten Room.
Jungle Bird bartenders mix a batch of drinks for the bar’s grand opening in October 2016. The couple behind The Jungle Bird and Tank House are planning to open a 50s-inspired cocktail lounge called the Ten Ten Room.

A 1950s-inspired cocktail lounge is set to open later this month in downtown Sacramento a short distance from the new arena and state Capitol building.

The new offering from the couple behind Tank House BBQ and The Jungle Bird is named the Ten Ten Room, a reference to the address 1010 10th St.

Melissa and Tyler Williams promise to turn the old Megami Sushi location into a hip lounge featuring “the decor, food and cocktail menu mirroring what was typical of the classic American decade.” The Ten Ten Room is set to open in late August.

“We’re looking to put a modern twist on what we think was a really cool time for bars and lounges,” Tyler Williams said in a prepared release. “Instead of intricate craft cocktails and artisan food choices, we want to create a classic retro atmosphere with recipes that are simple yet delicious.”

The menu will include classic American fare such as deviled eggs and garlic steak sandwiches. Managing the kitchen will be Greg Pilapil, formerly of L Wine Lounge and Hook & Ladder. In additional to period-specific cocktails, the Ten Ten Room will feature a large wine and champagne list.

Megami, a beloved sushi restaurant, closed in 2016 after the owner chose not to renew the lease after 33 years, just as a wave of new business were opening in response to the opening of Golden 1 Center. The location has been a cocktail lounge in the past. On June 23, 1949, it opened as the Tan Tan featuring $1.75 “extra cut” fillet steaks.

Melissa and Tyler Williams, both in their 30s, opened Tank House BBQ in 2013 to a warm reception. They struck again in 2016 with The Jungle Bird tiki bar. Ten Ten Room is expected to be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. It will be managed by Jason Withrow, formerly of Empress Tavern and Redd in Napa.

There are plenty of places within walking distance to get a beer or something harder before or after an event at Sacramento's Golden 1 Center. Bee reporter Ed Fletcher breaks down a few in October 2016.

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

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